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CES 2011: LG Optimus 2X, Tablet Coming To U.S.

CES 2011

Las Vegas – LG
will bring the Optimus 2X, the world’s first smartphone with dual-core
processor, to the U.S. around March as a 3G GSM/HSPA device, LG Electronics
president/chief technology officer Skott Ahn told TWICE.

Ahn declined to say whether the phone would
operate on the T-Mobile or AT&T network, but the device features the
10.2/5.76Mbps HSPA technology used by both carriers.

 He also said the company would introduce its
first tablet on Thursday but declined to offer further details.

The Optimus 2X, an Android-based touchscreen
smartphone, will also be the world’s first phone to capture, store and play
back video in full 1080p resolution, Ahn noted. If it becomes available in
March, it will ship with Android 2.2 OS, and if it ships later, it will come
out of the box with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), he said.

The Optimus 2X features 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2
processor to speed up operations such as multitasking. It also comes with a
4-inch 400 by 800 capacitive touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera/camcorder,
front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, MicroUSB
2.0 and a MicroSDHC card slot supporting 32GB cards.

Also at CES, the company unveiled another
Android smartphone, which it promoted as offering the world’s brightest
smartphone display. The Optimus Black features proprietary Nova display with
700-nit brightness for outdoor visibility in strong sunlight, yet it’s more
power efficient than conventional LCDs and AMOLED displays, the company
contended. The display also delivers pure white tones to make text reading
easier, LG said. 

The Optimus Black
GSM/HSPA phone is only 0.36 inches thick at its thickest point and tapers down
to 0.24 inches at its thinnest point, making it the world’s slimmest cellphone,
the company also claimed.

Ahn said it’s not certain yet when the phone
will be available in the U.S., but a company statement said it would be rolled
out globally in the first half with Android 2.2. It’s upgradable to Android
2.3. It’s also the world’s first smartphone with Wi-Fi Direct capability for
direct transfer of phone content to other mobile devices and PCs, and it also
features the world’s first front-facing 2-magapixel camera for video chats.

A new user
interface lets users directly access messages, emails and missed calls from the
locked screen with a single finger tap. The gesture UI lets users lift, shake
or tap the phone to initiate various functions, such as taking pictures.