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LG Unveils Optimus 2X Smartphone With Tegra 2 Chip

LG has pulled the curtains off the Optimus 2X, formerly known as the LG Star, the first smartphone based on Nvidia's Tegra 2 system-on-chip, a dual core monster clocked at 1GHz.

As expected, it comes with a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 8GB onboard storage expandable to 40GB via microSD card, a 1500mAh battery, full HD recording and playback plus a HDMI port.

The phone also features HDMI mirroring which is the ability to "expands content on external displays to full HD quality" as well as an onboard Geforce GPU, which should allow it to excel in graphics heavy applications such as games.

There's also a 8-megapixel camera with flash at the back and a 1.3-megapixel in the front for video conferencing as well as DLNA compatibility, microUSB port and Wi-Fi.

The Optimus 2X runs on Android 2.2. but will soon receive a Gingerbread update according to LG. It will be launched in South Korea first with other Asian countries and Europe next.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Mobile, said that "the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG's commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011."

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.