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FIRST ANDROID PHONE TO GET DUAL CORE POWER

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With dualcore technology embracing desktops just about afew years ago, it has quickly been lapped up by handset manufacturers too. As processing power on mobile handsets has been increasingly going up, it was abo

ut time manufacturers stopped limiting themselves to just the clock speeds of the processors, but introduce adualcore processor technology in the handset.

ASIF KHAN A s powerful as smartphones have become this year, none have had a multi- core processor under the hood.

At least not until LG jumped on to the Android bandwagon with a dualcore processor powered handset to boot.


There hasnalt39t been much of a mention about the products coming out from the stable of Korean electronics giant recently. Yes, LG might be known better for its home appliances, but as we know, it does have a pretty steady range of handsets too.

Not surprisingly, the first platform to have dualcore processors is the Android.

( Yes, we know we have only been mostly talking about Android over the past couple of weeks, but donalt39t blame us if that is the only newsworthy platform being egged on by manufacturers).

So what exactly does a dual- core CPU in a phone bring to the user? Much like upgrading to a personal computer with the latest and greatest processor, these chips can improve the overall speed of a smartphone but still maintain judicious battery life. Thatalt39s important, because even the fastest mobile devices are essentially useless if the battery only lasts a few short hours.

LG Optimus 2x

The recently launched LG Optimus 2x is what you would call packed with enough ammunition to take on an army of applications, in amanner of speaking. After all, with Nvidiaalt39s Tegra 2 dualcore processor running aclock speed of 1 GHz per core, you have more than twice the power most handsets around in the market have available. Not too soon though, because alarge part of the performance depends on how LG would have gone about ensuring that the rest of the system architecture is optimised to get the best out of any applications and processes. Which is where it does disappoint abit, specially as soon as you are made aware of the fact that it runs on Android 2.2 Froyo, and not Gingerbread 2.3 (though the option to upgrade is said to have been made available). The graphics are adazzling shade of HD with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GPU chipset, which does justice to the 1080p video recording option, as well as the playback and video output via HDMI. The rear camera is ahefty 8MP, with a1.3 MP front camera for video conferencing -the camera manages to give some really vivid colors in still images on the 4inch screen which is fairly the de facto screen size for most touch enabled smartphones today. But LGalt39s IPS screen doesnalt39t quite measure up to the AMOLED screens which are what you largely see in most other handsets. AMOLED as a technology has quite a few advantages, but we would leave that for a separate discussion. The sound quality on the speakers could have done with some help, even if the sound on the headphones works out quite decently with the in- built Dolby Mobile audio. The packaging of the handset could have been abit more classier, rather than the somewhat cheap looking plastic feel, which makes the phone feel clunkier than it actually is. Having said that, being one of the very few dualcore processor enabled Android handsets up for grabs in the market, the Optimus 2x does come across as quite a steal for an estimated price of Rs. 27,000. However, if the price tag of the Optimus 2x isnalt39t something which you exactly fancy, and you are being forced to look away, just wait up.

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