It wasn't long ago that we said we'd keep you updated about LG and their plans to use NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processors in their upcoming smartphones, and now here we are. LG has announced that they plan to use NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 processor in their upcoming Optimus Series of smartphones, which are set to debut in the fourth quarter of this year. The Tegra 2 will be capable of 1080p HD video playback and will give users enhanced web browsing and gaming speeds when compared to other, single-core processors. No potential handsets or release information was given, but we're not too far off from the fourth quarter of 2010, so we'll be hearing more soon. In the meantime, check out the full press release below.
We haven't seen LG push out a smartphone since the Ally came out back in August, so I'm excited to see some new LG smartphones, regardless of what processors they've got inside them. The fact that we'll be getting dual-core Tegra 2 chips just makes the anticipation grow even more. Unfortunately, LG didn't give any specific info in their announcement, so who knows when or if we'll even see these NVIDIA-powered handsets here in the U.S. Let's just all cross our fingers and hope!
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® Tegra™ 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.”
“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.