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LG Optimus 2X Unboxing and Hands-on

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LG Optimus 2X Unboxing and Hands-on
More LG Optimus 2X coverage by PhoneArena:

- LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4: ultimate camera + video comparison
- LG Optimus 2X Benchmark results
- LG Optimus 2X Full HD 1080p video playback test
- 3D gaming on the dual-core LG Optimus 2X
- LG Optimus 2X vs Samsung Galaxy S vs Apple iPhone 4: Browser shootout


Today we at PhoneArena got our hands on something really exciting for us, and, we guess, for you too – the LG Optimus 2X - the first cell phone to hit the market with a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. Other phones with this chipset are coming soon, but the Optimus 2X will stay forever in our hearts as the first with two 1GHz cores we touched. This is the dawn of a new year in mobile technology, folks, so read our initial impressions

Our LG Optimus 2X arrived with a charger, microUSB cable, and an HDMI cable for hooking the phone to your TV. The HDMI cable is an especially nice touch, saving you the trouble to buy one, and look for compatibility.

The phone itself feels solid in the hand, with its 4.9 ounces (140 grams), and a tad on the large side, but thin enough at 0.43” (11 mm) thickness. The sides have the bare necessities – volume buttons on the right, and a power/lock button at the top, which are easy to press, with a nice feedback. On the top are also the standard audio jack, and an HDMI port with a protective cap, which is very easy to pry open.  The bottom hosts the microUSB port and two stereo speakers, which, we have to tell you, are very capable.

The LG Optimus 2X features a 4
The LG Optimus 2X features a 4
The LG Optimus 2X features a 4

The LG Optimus 2X features a 4" capacitive screen


The elevated square module on the back hosts the 8MP camera sensor with LED flash, which transitions nicely into a chromed strip running along the middle of the back cover with etched Google branding. The camera department is where the big added bonus of the dual-core chipset shines –  an ability to record 1080p full HD video – check for our samples on the PhoneArena YouTube channel in a bit. The Full HD video was eating about 85MB per minute, so half an hour 1080p video will run you roughly 2.5GB out of the 8GB internal storage.

The LG Optimus 2X has a 4” display with 480x800 pixels of resolution, which, judging from the wide viewing angles, is with IPS-LCD technology. The display seems bright, with vivid colors, which can be expected from LG – after all, these guys make the Retina Display for the Apple iPhone 4. The four capacitive Android buttons below the screen are very responsive. All in all, the LG Optimus 2X has a spartan industrial design, which feels very streamlined, with a whiff of quality materials, like the soft- touch plastic on the back, and the metallic strip.

The 8MP camera of the LG Optimus 2X can shoot videos in Full HD 1080p resolution
The 8MP camera of the LG Optimus 2X can shoot videos in Full HD 1080p resolution
The 8MP camera of the LG Optimus 2X can shoot videos in Full HD 1080p resolution

The 8MP camera of the LG Optimus 2X can shoot videos in Full HD 1080p resolution


The Android 2.2 Froyo interface got some LG skinning going on over it, but not to the extreme, just  a dock at the bottom with four app shortcuts, the main menu is almost stock. The interface and list scrolling feel very fluid, but we expected nothing less from a handset powered by Tegra 2. We ran some benchmarks, and got 2777 on Quadrant, and 74.4 frames per second on Neocore, which are the highest results we've seen on a literally out-of-the-box phone.

In the app list we have a few preinstalled games, as well as something called the Tegra Zone, which showcases news related to the 1GHz dual-core chipset, as well as games that will look particularly good on it. NVIDIA is pushing hard to position the Tegra chipset as a gaming platform too, so expect the Tegra Zone to be populated more and more with time.

What can we say, folks, the LG Optimus 2X is definitely a winner now in the Android universe. NVIDIA said they intend to push hard to enter the mobile industry, and LG will be their Trojan horse way back last summer, and now we are seeing the first fruit of their collaboration. The Optimus 2X seems like an amazing handset, and we can't wait to spend some quality time with it in the next few days, and give you a full review!





More LG Optimus 2X coverage by PhoneArena:

- LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4: ultimate camera + video comparison
- LG Optimus 2X Benchmark results
- LG Optimus 2X Full HD 1080p video playback test
- 3D gaming on the dual-core LG Optimus 2X
- LG Optimus 2X vs Samsung Galaxy S vs Apple iPhone 4: Browser shootout

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posted on 28 Jan 2011, 09:58 1

1. based (unregistered)


still can't touch the iphone 4

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 10:12 7

2. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....

wow not even sure how to go about ripping your comment to shreds. it would be so easy.

we'll wrap it up quickly here...

daulcore..

go watch its benchmark.


you lose.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 10:43

3. neters (unregistered)


they see me trollin'.... they hatin'....

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 10:55 2

5. cc161777 (unregistered)


Neither can anyone else, you need a case.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 19:14 1

12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


U cant compare the two phones becusae they r six monts apart... Ifeel like this hardware is amazing but too bad it runs android.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 10:52 2

4. based (unregistered)


*An Android phones comes out*
people-OH MY GOD A PHONE THAT KILLS IPHONE!
*reviews come out* - the *insert phone name here* 8mp cam takes great pics, but not as better then the iphone 4 5mp, the screen is super clear but you still have to zoom in to read.

android fans- :(

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 19:16 2

13. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


Agreed. Why does android always have to beat the iPhone. Why can't people just let the iPhone be. Why always compare to it. (Well that can all be answered in one statement: Its amazing...) And ya, the iPhone has better res than any other phone... and it actually is nice... oh and why lg, if you can make the retina display, do u not give us one!

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 11:42 2

24. lacp (unregistered)


Idiot! jealous of the android al optimus 2x!

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 11:30 1

6. IdiotCM (unregistered)


Excuse me ....

Could u tell me ....... which screen that u can read without zoom in ?

Just because the camera is suck but overall performance is better ?

Apple fans :( (Or something that design by Apple but made by sammy)

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 19:16

14. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ALl of them... look at the res

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 11:53 1

25. lacp (unregistered)


suck? why? You already had one in the hands? what stupidy! It seems like the IPhone 4 it's the best phone in the world!...

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 11:58

7. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


He's a troll lol.... dont feed the trolls :]

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 12:42 2

8. LXH (unregistered)


it's really good. Now the price is the main point !

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 13:50 2

9. John (unregistered)


God! What an ugly phone!!! LG, stop making cell phones, you are embarrsing yourself

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 19:17 1

15. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


It is ugly... iF they can make iphone parts why not make it look good... the iphone does...

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 11:57 2

26. lacp (unregistered)


IPhone 4 it's a piece of shit, a big craphone.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 14:41 6

10. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the iphone4. internals are a low end galaxyS phone (not as strong as a regular galaxyS), the display is LG. the only thing apple does is put software on it.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 19:18 1

16. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yes... but then how is it faster then the galaxy s? maybe the one thing apple does put on it makes it amazing? did u think of that?

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 20:11

31. weezy (unregistered)


It's faster because doesn't really multitask..and on the web doesn't play any flash while loading pages.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 16:08

11. just that (unregistered)


man...how long iphone fans are gonna cry like that? they dont admit that their phone is past...really....ok some brands copied iphone bla bla, but iphone UI...hmmm...soh simple, boring, so old fashion...iOS its just an almost mac...just do the basics and thats it..its a beautiful phone but inside is past..nothing really new..maybe in iphone5 apple fans...by the way, im an apple fan too, but mac fan...i was an iphone fan..open your mind...anthena problem?? LOL

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 22:02 2

17. Dumas (unregistered)


The reason why people always comparing Androids to the iPhone is simply because Android phones are the closest thing to an iPhone that won't get them stuck on a retarded AT&T plan. Bottom line is, the Android phones can do anything and everything an iPhone can. It is only limited by the lack of quantity and quality of the apps and developers on the Android Market. What does one do with an iPhone that one can't do with an Android on a day to day basis? Both phones can surf the net, send and receive text and email, play Angry Birds and watch porn!
All this hatred between Android and the iPhone needs to stop. Truth is, yes, this LG phone can out perform an iPhone in every category, but no matter how good any Android gets, it will never win over iPhone fans. It doesn't mean you won't enjoy this phone any less than you would an iPhone.
If anything, blame Steve Jobs for the recent rise in Android; it was his exclusive deal with AT&T that gave Google the opportunity to fill the pockets of millions of iPhone deprived customers on other carriers with an iPhone-like phones. Let's just see what happens after the release of the iPhone on every other network.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 23:42

18. monkeyfeet (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Jan 2011)


Well said.

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 04:11

19. Totoro (unregistered)


"and LG will be their Trojan horse way back last summer" - what a cryptic phrase...

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 04:19

21. Huck33 (unregistered)


thanks for the video
How do you managed to get the phone?

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 06:26

22. LOl (unregistered)


What the reason for comparing the phone that have an anthena problem with the other one that doesn't ?

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 07:23

23. martini (unregistered)


Best phone ever made what price will it be if you know him?

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 12:49 1

27. yup (unregistered)


i like them both. and as long as they compete we will always have a cooler phone to upgrade to.

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 15:05

28. Muthu (unregistered)


is der any diff in design btw LG optimius 2X korean version and international version?. if you look at the korean version of optimus 2x there are only two capacitive touch buttons at the bottom but here in the demo phone you got 4 buttons. which will be the global version?

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 15:40

29. chinakidoliver.iab (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


that phone is far from ugly yet the iphone is 6 moths old and ur still comparing it tho i rather have that phone

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 19:51

30. quad (unregistered)


Wide viewing angles? Again wide viewing angles? Where?

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 09:04

32. Nuke (unregistered)


We have some idiot here who trying to press the bad comment button in every comment that disagreed with him.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 10:02

33. MoJoJoJo (unregistered)


Atrix is coming >:D muujajajaja

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 01:37

34. TI (unregistered)


Still iPhone 5 not yet out. If this LG x2 phone without Nivida tagra2 it's nothin just another Andriod phone

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