Can't bear the wait for that dual core-packin' LG Star?  You may not have to wait long, as the Korean company just made the powerhouse of a phone official under a new name: the LG Optimus 2X.

As previously reported, the handset packs a dual core Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz, putting it in a hardware category all its own.  With this beefed-up processing power, the phone can manage playback of full 1080p video and supply the output to larger displays via HDMI mirroring.

Details of the official LG Optimus 2X include a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen (800 x 480 resolution), an 8.0 megapixel camera module (with 1080p video recording), a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, aGPS, 3G with HSPA, WiFi, stereo Bluetooth, 8GB of onboard storage and microSD card expansion (up to 32GB).  It only has a 1,500 mAh battery, which is no different than most of the single-core 1GHz phones these days, so it's interesting to see how well this will hold up in real-world use.

Just so it's not so perfect, LG is only launching the handset with Android 2.2 Froyo.  An update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread is promised, of course ("in due course," according to the press release); knowing how long these OTA updates take, however, you might as well just resign yourself to the last version of the platform for a while.

Pricing wasn't specified, but the LG Optimus 2X will debut in Korea beginning January, with other markets in Europe and Asia following shortly after.   No word on a planned release for the US market, though.

[LG Newsroom]

 

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