LG Launches World First

LG has launched what it claims is the world's new dual core smartphone, the Optimus 2X.

The new handset uses a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor that gives up to 1GHz processing power and runs Android 2.2, but has sufficient specification to handle the forthcoming 2.3 release. The handset also has an HDMI port, a four inch WVGA screen and is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compliant, allowing it to be used as a console with compatible televisions and other consumer electronics devices.

"It's a cinema in your pocket," Dr. Skott Ahn, LG's chief technology officer told press at the Consumer electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

"In 2011 we've got some really great smartphones coming."

The handset will be released in Korea this month and then rolled out in Europe and Asia.

Ahn also demonstrated another new handset, the Optimus Black, which is one of the slimmest phones the company has ever produced at 9.2mm. The Black uses LG's NOVA screen technology, which at 700 nits is the brightest screen on the market but also cuts power consumption by around 50 per cent.

The handset will also be able to use the Wi-Fi Direct data transfer system when it is launched later this year. The system is designed as a partial replacement for Bluetooth by allowing faster and more accurate data transfer.

LG is also committed to LTE he said and had built its own chipset to demonstrate its support for the mobile standard.

The company will also be releasing a glasses-free 3D display for mobile phones later this year. The system uses a series of slits in front of a 4.3 inch display to redirect the images received by each retina.

3D is to figure heavily in the company's plans for the year Ahn said. The company would be releasing 31 new televisions this year, with over half being internet enabled and the top five capable of 3D display.

LG is bundling four sets of 3D glasses with the sets and will be selling additional sets for under $20.It will also be releasing a 3D projector for the home entertainment market.

The company will also be releasing details of a new smartphone and tablet after CES officially opens tomorrow.

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