CES: LG Optimus 2X feels twice as fast

CNET editor Nicole Lee gets a hands-on with one of the fastest smartphones on the market.

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Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.
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Watch this: LG Optimus 2X

If there's one word to describe the LG Optimus 2X, it would be "fast." Even though I knew it has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, I wasn't expecting the hands-on experience to be that speedy. Indeed, I was able to simply fly through the different screens and applications, launching apps and switching tasks in the blink of an eye. While I didn't have time to sit through a video game, LG claims the device makes for a very responsive gaming experience as well.

The display is also really easy on the eyes. Measuring 4 inches diagonally, it has 16 million colors and a WVGA resolution of 480x800. The overall phone feels smooth and lightweight--it measures 4.95 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by less than half an inch thick and weighs in at around 4.9 ounces. Other features include Wi-Fi with portable hot-spot capability, full HD video playback and recording, a gyro sensor, DLNA support, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and HDMI mirroring. It ships with Android 2.2, but you can bet it'll upgradeable to 2.3.

Even though it supports quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS, don't expect the Optimus 2X on U.S. shores any time soon. The Optimus 2X is a global-release phone, which means our friends in Asia and Europe will get a look at it first. We don't know if it'll arrive in the U.S., and even if it does, we're not sure if it'll have a carrier. Pricing and availability are still unknown.

Check out our hands-on photos of the LG Optimus 2X.

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