LG unshackles first dual-core smartphone

LG Electronics has unveiled the the world’s first smartphone with a dual-core processor.

The LG Optimus 2X sports Nvidia's long-awaited the dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip. It runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio.

The phone offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to full HD quality. It sports a four-inch WVGA screen with accelerometer and gyro sensor.

The device can connect wirelessly to any Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compatible device such as HD TVs. It also includes both rear- and front-facing cameras, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a 1500mAh battery.

The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) at a later date.

It will be available in Korea next month with countries in Europe and Asia to follow. The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course.