The dual-core revolution has begun, with Motorola, LG and Samsung all launching their own versions of the new superfast phones in Australia. While we managed to review Motorola’s Atrix this issue, LG’s Optimus 2X came in a little late for a full review, so these are more of our first impressions based on a short time with the unit.
Initially, the design is remarkably striking, with both the silver panel on the rear and metallic trim on the front bringing a strong note of quality. The size is slightly longer than the Atrix (123.9mm vs 117.75) although this extra length is not in the screen – both are 4in with the Optimus having a little more bezel room at the bottom.
Processor-wise, the Optimus 2x has a 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU and GeForce ULP GPU, with 512MB of RAM. On board memory is 8GB and the microSD slot supports an additional 32GB. An 8MP rear camera and a 1500 mAh battery round out the hardware offerings.
As one would expect from any dual-core phone, the Optimus is quick, with web browsing being especially enjoyable. LG’s own UI overlay across the Android 2.2 OS is bright and active, although we felt that there was a slight “stutter” when flicking across home screens. In terms of early Quadrant and SunSpider tests, the results seem very similar to the Atrix.
What really sets LG’s Optimus 2X apart in what looks likely to become a crowded market is the price - $649 unlocked. That puts it a little under $200 cheaper than Motorola’s offering and an impressive $250 cheaper than the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S II. It’s also available unlocked from Harvey Norman, making this an excellent choice for users on existing contracts.
With HTC presumably launching its dual-core Sensation in the near future, Android users will soon have four dual-core phones to choose from. For many, the units are thoroughly over-powered for day to day use, with the associated loss of battery life being extremely problematic. But for power users, the sheer processing grunt is extremely attractive. With the specs all looking remarkably similar for the four handsets, the final decision may come down to brand loyalty and price. On the latter at least, LG have produced a clear winner.
NVIDIA Tegra 2 Chipset with 1GHz Dual-core Processor
1080p full HD recording and playback
Micro HDMI port for content mirroring to larger screens
4in Capacitive Touch IPS screen (WVGA)
8-megapixel rear camera w/ LED Flash / 1.3-megapixel front camera
7.1 multi-channel virtual surround sound
8GB internal memory
microSD memory expandability (up to 32GB)
1,500 mAh battery