LG Optimus Series Smartphones to Feature NVIDIA Tegra 2 in Q4 2010by Anand Lal Shimpi on September 6, 2010 10:43 PM EST
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LG was one of the first companies to demonstrate a Moorestown based phone as recently as earlier this year. Just 54 minutes ago however LG announced that starting in Q4 2010 it will be shipping smartphones based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2.
We first introduced you to Tegra 2 back at CES 2010. It's NVIDIA's second generation smartphone SoC with a pair of ARM Cortex A9 cores (ARM's first out-of-order architecture). The dual core CPU will run at 1GHz. Tegra 2 also features NVIDIA's own mobile GPU, although we know nothing of its architecture or how well it stacks up to high end GPUs from Imagination Technologies. NVIDIA calls it a GeForce GPU however I'd be surprised if there's any similarities between it and what's shipping in desktop GeForce GPUs today.
LG's press release is pretty light on details although we do get some performance projections. LG states that web browsing can be up to 2x faster and gaming performance can be up to 5x faster compared to single core processors running at 1GHz. If we're conservative and assume that is in comparison to Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoC then we'd expect Quake 3 frame rates at just under 100 fps. Web browsing at 2x the speed of Snapdragon would be much faster than anything we've seen to date.
LG mentions that Tegra 2 will enable 1080p HD video playback however with no indication of bitrate it's too early to get excited about that claim. TI's OMAP 4 will also have 1080p support when it ships in phones next year. The same is true for Intel's Moorestown based devices.
Obviously SoC speed isn't all that matters, LG has to deliver a compelling smartphone design. The first LG Tegra 2 smartphones will be a part of its Optimus Series of smartphones, most likely running Android.
Below is the full press release from LG:
LG DEVELOPS POWERFUL SMARTPHONES WITH NVIDIA TEGRA 2 PROCESSOR
LG First to Announce Smartphone with Dual-Core CPU based on NVIDIA Tegra, the World’ s Most Advanced Mobile Processor
SEOUL, Sept. 7, 2010 – LG Electronics (LG) announced today that it will introduce a series of fast, powerful smartphones starting in the fourth quarter of 2010 utilizing the second generation NVIDIA® TegraTM mobile processor, Tegra 2. Tegra 2 includes the world’s first dual-core CPU, which powers through complex tasks to achieve significant leaps in performance.
LG will integrate Tegra 2 into its smartphones, providing them with unprecedented power, speed and graphics capability. These smartphones will be part of LG’s Optimus Series, a new line of innovative mobile products.
LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.
“LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance,” said Chang Ma, Vice President of Marketing Strategy Team, LG Mobile Communications Company. “We selected NVIDIA because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.”
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“The ultimate smartphones will be powered by Tegra, the world’s most advanced mobile processor,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of NVIDIA’s mobile business. “LG is one of the most popular consumer brands, and their Optimus Series of devices with Tegra is further validation of the processor’s ability to deliver an unrivaled, turbocharged media experience.”
LG’s Optimus Series smartphones featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor will debut starting in the fourth quarter of the year.
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Rayb - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - linkHere is a look of things to come regarding the Tegra 2 performance. Since some smartbooks and tablets have been released in Europe with Android 2.1 OS.
Judging by the results, it's not a bad start.
Pirks - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - linkNo specific devices/models announced for the holidays, from any major phone maker. So I guess Intel lost this round again. Right?
j.harper12 - Monday, October 25, 2010 - linkSomeone needs to get me excited about a dual core cell phone. I was psyched earlier this year about it, but now that I have my EVO I'm having my doubts. I travel extensively, and I'll admit, I've actually used my HDMI out to watch movies on flat screens in hotel rooms. The cool factor is there. Until we actually have micro SDXC cards (I'm calling vaporware on this... January of 2009 and we don't have any micro sdxc stuff yet folks?!?!? Come on!!)... I just don't have any interest in having 1080p content on my cell phone. I'm loving the snappy response of my 1ghz, but can't think of anything I could use more power for. We just don't have the software that needs it yet, and I wonder if it's really coming. To be honest, I always bring my netbook with me on my travels, and I'm way more excited about Sandy Bridge and Fusion with the potential for an instant four fold increase in performance. So long as I have that device, which can do 1080p with little effort... why sacrifice battery life on my cell phone? I'll gladly make the jump from netbook to a pricier notebook with performance and battery life.
Gaming... start building bluetooth controllers for phones and some SERIOUS games, and I'll buy a dual-core cell phone. I mean, high quality action adventure, FPS, RPG kind of games. I don't want to pay $3.99 for a tower defense game, they are fun, but I want to pay $10 for an awesome 3D action adventure.
Make me a believer guys, I haven't found limitations on my current platform, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Why do I want a dual-core cell phone?