LG to deliver first dual-core Android smartphones in Q4

LG to deliver first dual-core Android smartphones in Q4

LG Electronics announced today that it will ship the world’s first dual-core CPU Android smartphones in Q4 2010, which will be part of the company’s Optimus Series of devices. We previously reported that LG and NVIDIA were teaming up on several devices, but this is the first official confirmation that we should expect an actual Tegra 2 smartphone in stores this year.

The NVIDIA Tegra 2 smartphone processor (AP20) offers a number of “mobile firsts” including the first mobile dual-core CPU, the first ultra low-power GeForce GPU, and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Each CPU core will be clocked at 1 GHz and LG claims consumers should expect up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance (over single core CPUs running at 1 GHz).

NVIDIA and LG are also saying that the Tegra 2 will deliver “console-quality gaming” but we have yet to see the elite developers like id Software and Epic Games fully support the Android platform like they have done with Apple. Hopefully NVIDIA has been working with some of these devs behind the scenes and we will have some flagship Android games available to show off the full power of the Tegra 2 GeForce GPU.

Chang Ma, VP of Marketing for LG, thinks the Optimus Series will take the lead when it comes to speed and graphics. He said, “LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance. We selected NVIDIA because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.”

Possible U.S. carriers for the first dual-core smartphone include T-Mobile and Verizon. The leaked T-Mobile roadmap indicated two LG devices coming in late November. Verizon is another options because they are only U.S. carrier who has launched an Android phone from LG (the Ally) and theLG enV Touch 2 is rumored to appear this holiday season.

LG doesn’t exactly have the best reputation in the Android ecosystem, but a high-end Tegra 2 phone could finally put them on the map. However, like we saw with the Toshiba Folio tablet, a high-end processor does not guarantee a win.

What are your expectation for a dual-core phone? Is the inclusion of a Tegra 2 processor enough to make you upgrade? Which other features do you hope LG incorporate in a high-end Android phone?


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