Tegra 2

LG’s Tegra 2 Optimus 2X official: due from Jan 2011

The LG Optimus 2X has been made official, with LG promising that the Tegra 2 based Android smartphone will arrive in Korea come January 2011, and then "countries in Europe and Asia to follow." As well as NVIDIA's dual-core 1GHz mobile CPU, the Optimus 2X has a 4-inch WVGA display, 8GB of onboard storage and an 8-megapixel camera on the back. Up front there's a 1.3-megapixel camera for stills and video calls, while an HDMI port allows you to hook the Optimus 2X up to your HDTV. Handy, considering NVIDIA's Tegra 2 is capable of 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording. One minor blip is that the LG Optimus 2X will run Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, with LG only promising a 2.3 Gingerbread update at some point in the near future. No word on pricing. Press Release:
LG LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST AND FASTEST DUAL-CORE SMARTPHONE LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 Offers Top Multimedia Features for a Better User Experience SEOUL, Dec. 16, 2010 -- LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG Optimus 2X, the world’s first smartphone with a dual-core processor. Along with more powerful multimedia features, the LG Optimus 2X’s high-performance Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag. “Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011.” Developed by graphics processor powerhouse NVIDIA®, the dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip found in the LG Optimus 2X runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Users will experience faster web browsing and smoother gameplay compared with single-core processors running at the same speed as well as instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications. The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience taking full advantage of the phone’s HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor. The smartphone also includes both rear- and front-facing cameras, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a hefty 1500mAh battery. The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea next month with countries in Europe and Asia to follow. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course. Key specifications:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Could Feature NVIDIA Chip, Analyst Claims

Rumors about the Galaxy Tab 2 may not be as rampant as rumors for other tablet devices out there, but that will more than likely change very soon, as Samsung nears a release date for the next version of their Tab. One rumor, that puts NVIDIA smack-dab at its center, just won't seem to die, and now a semiconductor analyst is stepping in to put his two cents into the situation.

LG Optimus 2X is Korean LG Star [Video]

The Korean equivalent of the LG Star (SU660), the LG Optimus 2X, has been quietly announced, packing the same Tegra 2 processor and sizeable display as the leaked Star we've already seen. As with the US version, the Optimus 2X has an HDMI output as well. According to LG's press release, the Optimus 2X is expected to arrive in Korea in the next few months. LG Optimus 2X vs Galaxy S vs iPhone 4: [youtube i96mGX0dpeg] LG Optimus 2X HDMI output: [youtube jupCAy1rRYs] LG Optimus 2X vs Galaxy S benchmarks: [youtube n_DCKl_mEJc] [via Phandroid]

Motorola’s Honeycomb tablet leaks ahead of Verizon launch

Motorola's upcoming 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet has leaked, giving us an extended look at the slate Andy Rubin briefly previewed last week. The images passed to Engadget show the Verizon logo on the front bezel, together with both a front-facing webcam and a camera on the back. According to the tipster, the slate will indeed run NVIDIA's 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset, along with a 1280 x 800 10-inch multitouch display, 512MB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. Ports include microUSB, mini-HDMI and a 3.5mm headphone socket; there appear to be docking contacts along the bottom. As for the name under which the 10-inch slate will launch, it's seemingly undecided whether it will be "Stingray", "Everest" or  "Trygon" when it hits the market in 2011.

Advent Vega Tegra 2 tablet back in stock [Update: Sold out again]

PC World is back in-stock with Advent's Vega tablet, though it's unclear how long availability of the in-demand Android slate will last. Having sold out on two occasions already, the £249 ($398) Tegra 2 tablet is showing as available for home delivery - but not in-store reservation - online. Meanwhile an official case is also confirmed as on the way for the Vega, though we don't yet know if it's a basic sleeve or something more ambitious like the iPad's folio which props the tablet up for easier typing. More details on the Vega in our hands-on. Update: Looks like all the stock has gone again. [vms 540f67c1e9575e213be0] [via SlashGear]

Further details released of Motorola Olympus and Etna devices

It's a well known fact that Motorola has plans for smartphones and tablets featuring the NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2 processor. First thought to be a Verizon exclusive under the DROID name, it is now not only believed to be coming to AT&T, but hitting the network before Verizon with a January launch date. However, this could be for some very beneficial reasons. The Verizon handset, currently code named Etna, is expected to hit Verizon in February or March of next year and will fully ready for it's 4G LTE network. The AT&T version (internally known as the Olympus) is getting early impressions mentioning that it is "very fast, and the new screen is beautiful." These two next-gen devices are sure going to be impressive. From the ultra fast and power saving Tegra 2 to the new screen we can expect these to join the Nexus S as the top devices of early 2011. [Via BGR]

Motorola’s Tegra 2 Olympus leaks?

Photos purported to show Motorola's upcoming NVIDIA Tegra 2 powered Android smartphone, the Motorola Olympus, have leaked. The pictures - sent to Engadget among other sites - show a device with a strong resemblance to the Motorola DEFY, but with different side controls and what looks to be a front-facing camera in the top bezel. The Olympus is believed to have dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support, but beyond that and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset, specifications are unknown. Previous rumors have tipped AT&T availability first.

POV Mobii TEGRA tablet offers more budget Tegra 2 Android

Tempted by Advent's Vega tablet but missed the two hour window the slate was on sale before all PC World's stock got snapped up? An alternative has popped up for pre-order over at Expansys, the POV Mobii TEGRA, another 10-inch model running Android 2.2 on NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra 2 chipset. The Mobii tablet is priced at £285 with 512MB of RAM, WiFi b/g, HDMI and a 1.3-megapixel webcam. Interestingly, while POV's site only has a few photos of the Mobii TEGRA, the ports and speakers do look surprisingly similar to the Vega. Another rebadge, perhaps? Neither is on sale right now, so it'll be a while before we can find out for sure. [gallery] [via Twitter]

Advent Vega tablet sells out in hours

Having gone up for sale just a couple of hours ago, Advent's Vega Android tablet has seemingly already sold out. UK retailer PC World is now saying that "Due to unprecedented demand we have sold out and will be back in stock next week." We're checking with PC World for more details - and hopefully an idea of how many units they had on hand in the first place - but don't let anybody tell you there isn't a hunger for low-cost Android slates. [Thanks sgruffalo!] Update: PC World has given us the following statement:
"The first shipment of Advent Vega tablets was made available at the start of business today on the Currys and PC World websites, and sold out nearly as quickly as 'Take That' tickets. We are expecting more stock and bigger shipments over the coming days which we will be rolling out as quickly as possible to all our stores in time for the busiest Christmas shopping weekends in December, starting with Currys and PC World megastores at the end of next week."
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