Dual-core smartphones (roundup)

CNET rounds up the latest dual-core smartphones.

The LG Optimus 2X was the first dual-core smartphone to hit the market late last year with its 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and it soon came to the U.S. in the form of the T-Mobile G2X. Since its announcement, there have been a veritable array of dual-core smartphones, and interestingly, all of them have been Android so far. These dual-core processors promise plenty of power and speed, and they do live up to the claims. Navigation feels undeniably zippy, which makes multitasking a breeze. Here's our roundup of the most recent phones with dual-core processors.

The dual-core Samsung Epic 4G Touch is the first Galaxy S II device for the U.S.
The dual-core Samsung Epic 4G Touch is the first Galaxy S II device for the U.S. James Martin/CNET

The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the better dual-core smartphones to catch our eye. The combination of the 1.2GHz dual-core processor and the Super AMOLED Plus display makes Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung's TouchWiz drool-worthy. While the Galaxy S II we initially reviewed was the unlocked global version, Samsung has announced versions of this phone to arrive for Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Indeed, the Sprint version--the Samsung Epic 4G Touch--is available now.

Sprint also offers the Motorola Photon 4G, which has a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and compatibility with Sprint's 4G/WiMax network. It's not as slim and attractive as the Galaxy, however.

Verizon Wireless customers are free to pick from a couple of dual-core handsets. These include the zippy Motorola Droid X2 and the very impressive Motorola Droid Bionic. The Droid Bionic is the first Verizon smartphone to have both a 1.2GHz dual-core processor as well as 4G/LTE support. Indeed, we were very impressed with its speed and performance, so much so that we gave it an Editors' Choice.

HTC makes a couple of great dual-core phones, too, like the HTC Sensation 4G and the HTC Evo 3D, which were a couple of the first handsets to use Qualcomm's new 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Sensation lives up to its name and earned itself an Editors' Choice Award, and the Evo 3D makes for a great conversation starter with its 3D glasses-less display. LG also offers a 3D phone, in the form of the LG Thrill 4G, which is really just the AT&T version of the LG Optimus 3D. The Thrill 4G features a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 processor.

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