Brian and I are currently at LG's press conference where the company announced, as expected, the LG Optimus 2X - the world's first dual-core Cortex A9 smartphone based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC. While NVIDIA announced Tegra 2 at last year's CES, it has taken this long to even get to the point where we can talk about products that will soon be shipping.

The 2X uses NVIDIA's Tegra 2 AP20H with both of its two Cortex A9s running at 1GHz. We'll have more details on Tegra 2 later today during NVIDIA's press conference. I'd expect the Optimus 2X to ship sometime in Q1.

LG also announced its thinnest smartphone: the Optimus Black. The phone is 9.2 mm thick (weighs 109 grams) and uses LG's ultra bright 4-inch NOVA display (it's not AMOLED). LG claims a brightness of 750 nits, which if true is at least 23% brighter than the brightest smartphone display we've tested thus far (BlackBerry Torch) and 30% brighter than the iPhone 4.

 

Lastly, LG announced an LTE USB dongle, the VL600, based on its own L2000 LTE chipset. It's Verizon branded in the photo, so we'll probably see it again soon. 

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  • 2uantuM - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    No thank you. Before I bought my Samsung Fascinate, my LG enV touch was a piece of garbage. My friends and family have had similar experiences with LG; I haven't heard anything positive about the company. Poor quality components and terrible support. Reply
  • Bateluer - Friday, January 7, 2011 - link

    My LG dishwasher and microwave are pretty solid. :P

    Played with some of their lower end Optimus phones and they seemed pretty solid, but hard to really tell with a few minutes on hands on time.
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  • PubicTheHare - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    None of this is impressive if the phone only lasts 8-10 hours (e.g. HTC Incredible).

    Why no stats on battery life from the manufacturers?
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  • DemonKnightDK - Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - link

    I have the Optimus S from sprint and I have to say i really like it. I started with LG Fusic then a BlackBerry, then a Pixi, then a Hero and now back to LG with the optimus. I have to say the fusic and pixi were honestly my favorite for day to day use, but the androided phones cant be beat for functionality. the Hero seemed to operate a tad bit faster for some reason, but the optimus is the technically superior phone spec wise and it plays angry birds just fine. :) I would love to switch up to this phone. I just wish they start releasing all these phones with both GSM and CDMA built in and make them carrier independent. Reply

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