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LG's Optimus 2X is first dual-core smartphone

LG releases the Optimus 2X, the first phone with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor.

LG Optimus 2X

LG dropped major news on the global front today with the introduction of the LG Optimus 2x. Code-named the LG Star, the "2x" is for twice the power and twice the speed, thanks to the phone's dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a first in the smartphone world. With great power comes great multimedia promise, as the phone boasts a stunning 4-inch WVGA screen, 8GB of internal memory (up to 32GB with microSD), HDMI mirroring, DLNA support, an accelerometer, a gyro sensor, and 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording. To sweeten the deal, LG also threw in an 8-megapixel camera plus a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.

The Optimus 2X ships with Android 2.2 and not the coveted Gingerbread OS, but it is eligible for future upgrades. The phone will be available in Korea in January 2011, and the rest of Asia and Europe later on. We think there's a strong possibility it'll come to the U.S. too, so we won't be surprised if we see this at CES next month. Meanwhile, head on over to our sister site over at CNET Australia to have a peek at a video of the phone.