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We’ve seen the power of the Tegra 2 platform in many tablets but until now no one has integrated it into a mobile phone. There were rumors that the second Android phone – Nexus S will be running on Tegra 2, but they came out to be wrong. However, another phone will keep a Tegra 2 chip inside its body – LG Optimus 2X (which was formerly known as LG Star). At first it will be present only on the Korean market in January next year and after that followed by the Asia and European markets.
The specifications of LG Optimus X2 are quite impressive and if it wasn’t the small screen, everyone could think that these are the specs of a netbook. As already mentioned, the core of the handset is 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, supported by 4-inch WVGA screen, 8GB internal memory (which can be expanded via the microSD card slot with up to additional 32GB), 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing one for video calling, HDMI mirroring, 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 video playback and recording and 1500mAh battery. At first the device will be offered with Android 2.2 FroYo as its OS but later on LG promise that you’ll be able to upgrade it to the just announced Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
All these specification look really fantastic and I’m sure that LG Optimus X2 will mark the start of a new era in the mobile phones’ life. Having a 1GHz 2-core processor in your pocket is really amazing. I remember the time 10 years ago when I had my first Pentium PC running at 400MHz – it was so big and noisy and now my mobile phone is times faster and smaller. All that’s left is to wait for the final price and head to the stores as soon as the LG Optimus X2 is released.
For quite some time Dell Streak was the only serious and attractive device in the middle segment between the mobile phones and internet tablets. Acer has just announced their new Android based … device. It is expected to be available in April 2011 and will have a 4.8-inch display, running at 1024×480 pixels resolution. An interesting thing is that the device still doesn’t have model name.
But the screen is not the only impressive thing in that sweet “little” boy. It hides many good things inside – 1GHz Snapdragon processor (it could have been a double core as in the newly announced tablets, but it’s still good), HSDPA support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n networks support, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI output, 8MP back camera with LED flash, capable of recording 720p video (it could have been 1080p as it is rumored for the rest upcoming handsets for 2011), a whole 2MP front facing camera for video calls, six-axis gyroscope and accelerometer package, together with all the standard sensors.
The phone itself looks pretty amazing, having a full metal body with wavy patterns and LED edge lighting really make it look classy and stylish. It seems that Asus have decided to jump into the deep waters with this handset – it really looks amazing outside and inside, but it all depends on the price tag and the handsets that the rest of manufacturers will present.
We’re all used to the 1GHz processors in our mobile phones and everyone gets excited when we hear about a mobile phone, which will have a 1.2GHz or even faster processor in its heart. Many tablet manufacturers started integrating the Tegra 2 platform into their products and we all see the power of the 2 cores, but yet we haven’t seen them in a handset – at least not until now. There are some new leaked images of LG Star mobile phone.
It is expected to have a Tegra 2 core, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (it could have been SAMOLED2 but this is excellent, too), a front facing camera and Android 2.3 OS on top of all. LG Star will also have a whole 8MP back camera, which will be able to record 1080p Full HD videos (pretty amazing for a mobile phone). From the photos we could see that it will include a LED flash (only one, no double) and most likely touch-sensitive hardware buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search.
If all these specifications are true, or at least most of them, this will mean that LG are making a killer phone – something that we haven’t expected from them. But if LG are preparing such handset it’s almost 100% sure that the rest top manufacturers – Samsung, HTC and Motorola are preparing something to compete with LG Star. Or will it be the only Star on the sky?
For some months rumors about the new Galaxy S mobile phone – Samsung I9200 are going around the web. But now these rumors seem more and more real because there are leaked pictures and specifications. If the specifications are true, this will be one monster handset.
The leaked specifications of the Galaxy S2, which is not yet confirmed by anyone official, are:
- 4,3-inch Super AMOLED 2 display running at resolution of 1280x720px and 340dpi (this will definitely blow my mind – it will probably be the best display ever)
- 2GHz processor (twice more than the current high-end phones or maybe Samsung are going to use Tegra2?)
- 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM and up to 32GB storage via microSD card
- 8MP camera capable of recording HD video recording
- Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, A-GPS
- Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and all other types of sensors available in most Android devices on the market
- Running on Android 3.0 OS
The handset is expected to hit the markets in Q1 2011. I don’t know if these specifications are real or not, but everyone else – HTC, Motorola have announced their future devices for the early 2011 but Samsung remains silent. This makes me think that they are preparing something big and specifications like this may be really present in the upcoming Samsung handsets. Stay in touch for more news about the upcoming Android devices.