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LG Optimus 2X review

Will the world's first dual-core smartphone prove to be a powerhouse?

Our Verdict

A powerful phone at a hugely compelling price - but if you're after a more polished experience, you might want to wait to check out the dual-core competitors

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7.83 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Dual-core power
  • Excellent price
  • Great screen
  • Slick HDMI mirroring
  • Brilliant music player

Against

  • Not as polished as some
  • Flash impedes browser performance
  • Didn't play some videos
  • Disappointing camera/video recording
  • Quiet speakers

We knew it as the LG Star originally, and we waited impatiently for a chance to really put it through its paces. Now, the world's first Tegra 2 smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X, has arrived for our delectation, sporting Android 2.2.

The key here is the impressive dual-core Tegra 2 1GHz CPU, coupled with an impressive low-power GPU from graphics specialist Nvidia.

You can check out TechRadar's exclusive LG Optimus 2X video review;

Mobile World Congress brought us news of more dual-core smartphones to come, including the Samsung Galaxy S2. We've also now heard all about the HTC Sensation, which sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and an revamped version of Sense, HTC's impressive Android overlay.

Of course, none of that's the same as having one in your pocket. We're waiting on those two, but the LG Optimus 2X is here with us now.

LG optimus 2x

So what's a dual-core processor good for? Why video, of course! That'll be why LG has outfitted the Optimus 2X with 1080p video recording on the eight-megapixel camera, 1080p playback over a mini-HDMI port (cable included) and DLNA media streaming.

LG optimus 2x

Of course, we're also looking for it to make Android sing, showing what Google's OS is capable of on the Optimus 2X's four-inch 480 x 800 WVGA touchscreen.

There's also a 1.3MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and a microSD card slot to compliment the 8GB of built-in memory.

Probably the most remarkable thing is the price. While the Optimus 2X looked set to come in at the top end of the market originally, that's not proved to be the case. Presumably in an attempt to head off its dual-core competition at the pass, the Optimus 2X is available for free on a 24-month contract at £25 per month. You can also get an 18-month contract at £30 per month.

That's a heck of a price, and puts is head-to-head with the likes of the HTC Incredible S.

Our colleagues at T3.com grabbed some LG Optimus 2X video footage which you can watch below.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time7.83 Hour
Product ModelOptimus 2x P990
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)139 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height122.4 mm
Width64.2 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time400 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus 2x P990 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Gyro Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberLGP990.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG Optimus 2X is the world's first dual-core Smartphone. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo), the latest Smartphone from LG allows users to experience improved performance when browsing the web, downloading applications and multitasking. Packed with the latest features the LG Optimus 2X offers an 8 MP camera with full HD 1080p video playback and recording. Content can be played back using the HDMI interface which shows content on HD TV displays to full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2x will also offer console-like gaming experience brought to life by the NVIDIA graphics dual-core processor and the phone's gyro sensor.