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LG Optimus 2X with Android Gingerbread is delayed in the UK

But US announcement reveals details
Tue Mar 22 2011, 13:02

SMARTPHONE MAKER LG Electronics has delayed the launch of its Optimus 2X smartphone in the UK to some time in the second quarter.

The Optimus 2X was to tip up in February according to etailers, and then LG claimed it would arrive this month. But now further schedule slippage has struck the handset that is powered by Nvidia's dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 system on a chip.

LG could not tell The INQUIRER why there will be a delay but the phone won't be with us for weeks if not months.

However LG announced today in the US that while the phone will be late, arriving "later this spring," we now know it will be available on the T-Mobile network and has been renamed the G2x.

In concert with T-Mobile, Nvidia has announced that the G2x will have its Tegra Zone app preloaded. This allows access to the Tegra Zone website, which has games that are Tegra 2 compatible and designed for smartphones and tablets. LG could not confirm to The INQUIRER whether the UK's Optimus 2X will have the Tegra Zone app preloaded.

In fact no new technical details about the UK Optimus 2X were available from LG. Reporting about the phone on 1 March, The INQUIRER was told that Blighty could expect the Tegra 2 powered device to be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

However the US T-Mobile announcement has given us a peek into what the Optimus 2X should have. The G2x is said to be 4G capable, with a 4-inch capacitive touch screen, an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and autofocus, and a front-facing 1.3MP camera that's useable with T-Mobile's Video Chat.

The phone's rear camera can record HD 1080p video and the handset has 8GB of internal storage with a micro SD card slot that supports up to 32GB. The handset also has Stereo Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Adobe Flash support, a music player, DLNA for video streaming and an accelerometer and gyroscopic sensor.

The only Tegra 2 chipset powered devices available in the UK today are the Advent Vega and the Motorola Xoom tablets. Neither has the Green Goblin's Tegra Zone app preloaded. µ


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