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LG Announces Optimus Smartphone with Tegra 2

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LG is priming Optimus smartphones using Nvidia Tegra 2.

The Nvidia Tegra 2 package is a killer solution for tablets and smartphones. It's curious then, why we haven't seen more of them yet.

LG Electronics will help rectify that absence from the market as it announced that it will introduce a series of fast, powerful smartphones starting in the fourth quarter of 2010, called the Optimus Series, utilizing Tegra 2's dual-core CPU and an Nvidia GPU.

Nvidia says calls the GPU unit on its Tegra chips GeForce, but we're doubtful that they share anything with the PC parts other than branding. Still, Nvidia knows how to make graphics and we want to see Tegra 2 provide some tough competition for the Apple A4, Samsung Hummingbird, and hopefully give us a glimpse at the dual-core splendor that'll come with the Samsung Orion.

LG touts that the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload can provide up to 2x faster web browsing, 1080p video output and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz.

“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.”

 “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.”

When we think of Nvidia and Optimus, something else comes to mind – but we're sure that Nvidia doesn't mind the name sharing with LG in this case.

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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    meat81 , September 8, 2010 1:20 PM
    Jeez, sounds like a powerhouse phone..... what are they looking to do next, play Mafia II on the go?
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    Kaiser_25 , September 8, 2010 1:22 PM
    this is the direction we need to be going, give the iphone a good run for its money!! gogo competition!
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    haramir , September 8, 2010 1:45 PM
    They need to make an Optimus Prime version of the phone then... but then how would you decide between an Optimus Prime or an R2-D2 Droid 2?
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    insider3 , September 8, 2010 2:02 PM
    haramirThey need to make an Optimus Prime version of the phone then... but then how would you decide between an Optimus Prime or an R2-D2 Droid 2?

    Picture Optimus Prime vs R2-D2 in a cage fight, who would you bet on?
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    jomofro39 , September 8, 2010 2:31 PM
    The Decepticons will not be pleased....
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    Parsian , September 8, 2010 2:35 PM
    man, i rather wait believe this when the final product comes out. Ive been waiting for TEGRA phone since 2 years ago
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    bourgeoisdude , September 8, 2010 2:49 PM
    Maybe I'm living under a rock, but somehow I missed the part about what OS the phone will use. Am I to assume Froyo?
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    Hatecrime69 , September 8, 2010 3:41 PM
    if anything will make lg a serious smartphone contender, this will..froyo/gingerbread please! :) 
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    Kelavarus , September 8, 2010 3:42 PM
    Zune HD2 on a Tegra2, maybe?
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    SuckRaven , September 8, 2010 4:07 PM
    I'm gonna do it.............

    But can it play Crysis?
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    rohitbaran , September 8, 2010 4:10 PM
    When we think of Nvidia and Optimus, something else comes to mind – but we're sure that Nvidia doesn't mind the name sharing with LG in this case.

    They better not whine, for their Tegra 2 platform hasn't been implemented in many devices and the ones that did bit dust (MS Kin, though the failure can't be attributed to Tegra itself).
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    awood28211 , September 8, 2010 4:23 PM
    Any word on power consumption? I mean do I have to carry a car battery in a backpack?
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    wildfox , September 8, 2010 4:34 PM
    A new gameboy-era could come but with smartphones...
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    victorintelr , September 8, 2010 9:22 PM
    With Nvidia trying to enter this business, We'll see how this pair up with Intel doing the same thing, too.
    I'd rather wait to see actual test than speculate, though.
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    rohitbaran , September 8, 2010 11:11 PM
    __-_-_-__Tegra is really a fantastic platform. The architecture is great. Check tegra youtube videos to see how it works and you will be amazed. I just hope more smartphones will use tegra and that the price won't be too high

    So, someone from the nVidia design team is advertising!
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    eddieroolz , September 9, 2010 2:49 AM
    Let's see it beat other smartphones in benchmarks!
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    MasterM40 , September 9, 2010 5:03 AM
    windows phone 7?? lg has promised to move a large amount of wp7 this xmas season right around this period? hmmmm that would make for a big splash
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    lvlouro , September 9, 2010 9:41 AM
    The winner of the smartphone battle will be the one that can provide a battery that's good for 4 days minimum of intensive use...
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    liveonc , September 22, 2010 2:38 PM
    I hope confusion boosts sales of the Optimus & also helps to promote NVIDIA® Optimus™! I love it when people don't do their homework & just buy. It warms my heart & reminds me of Apple. ;-)
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    liveonc , September 22, 2010 2:52 PM
    MS "could" fish to see if there are any, with a firmware update & Google Voice Call or Skype on their Zune HD. Mifi UiFi NiFi?
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