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The Optimus is primed to take on Samsung's Orion

If you don't want to wait until next year for Samsung's promised dual-core smartphones, you might be in luck. LG Electronics announced yesterday its intent to launch a new line of dual-core smartphones, dubbed "Optimus," by year's end.

The Optimus smartphones will integrate NVIDIA's Tegra 2 dual-core processor, "providing them with unprecedented power, speed and graphics capability," the company said in a press release. The Tegra 2 incorporates two 1 GHz chips, which, according to LG, will mean "up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz."

The Tegra 2 was announced by NVIDIA in January, and was originally intended for use in tablets, PCWorld reports. The Tegra 2, like Samsung's upcoming Orion, combines two Cortex A9 chips, along with NVIDIA GeForce GPU.

The new Tegra 2-equipped devices will support 1080p video recording, while improving battery life over current comparable smartphones, LG said. “LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance,” said Chang Ma, a representative for the Korean company's mobile unit.

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By superPC on 9/8/2010 8:55:17 AM , Rating: 2
The Tegra 2, like Samsung's upcoming Orion, combines two Cortex A9 chips, along with NVIDIA GeForce GPU.

that line is a bit confusing. does samsung orion also comes with a NVidia GPU (GeForce)?

RE: confusion...
By Pitbull0669 on 9/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: confusion...
By FaceMaster on 9/8/2010 9:25:03 AM , Rating: 2
Would the Ion be suitable for things like this?

RE: confusion...
By labbbby on 9/8/2010 9:45:29 AM , Rating: 2
The ION would no be suitable. It has way to high of a power draw and TDP.

Anand mentioned that while the video card is called a GeForce, it's likely a brand new mobile architecture.

@pitbull It's foolish to say that when not knowing the actual architecture of Tegra2. It is quite efficient because it has multiple special purpose processor. Additionally, the dual core A9 is a lot more efficient then a single core A8.

That being said, Tegra2 might be a bit of a power hog for a mobile phone. Anand was expecting this chip to stay in tablet for 2010...

RE: confusion...
By DarkPhoenix on 9/8/2010 9:43:51 AM , Rating: 2
You don't seem to know what Tegra is, otherwise you wouldn't have said what you did...
Tegra is an ultra-low power SoC (System on a Chip), which means that the CPU, GPU, memory, etc are all on a single chip. The first Tegra was rated at around 1 watt for normal usage. Tegra 2 is rated at half than a watt, in normal usage and is vastly more powerful, in both CPU and especially GPU, than anything else on the market right now.

RE: confusion...
By omnicronx on 9/8/2010 11:04:34 AM , Rating: 2
Using a 45nm process over the previous 65nm process in current single cores = no more heat that what you currently have.. That plus the fact these A9's are a major redesign shows you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

RE: confusion...
By DarkPhoenix on 9/8/2010 1:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
Just a small correction. Tegra 2 is built on TSMC's 40nm, not 45nm.

RE: confusion...
By DarkPhoenix on 9/8/2010 1:36:34 PM , Rating: 2
Disregard my last comment. I now realized that you weren't saying that Tegra 2 was built on a 45 nm :)

RE: confusion...
By Motoman on 9/8/2010 11:40:32 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, that would be problematic. If someone else started doing that, Apple would probably sue for copyright infringement.

RE: confusion...
By labbbby on 9/8/2010 9:38:29 AM , Rating: 2
No samsung will likely be using a unspecified PowerVR SGX GPU

RE: confusion...
By DarkPhoenix on 9/8/2010 9:39:57 AM , Rating: 2
No. It was worded wrong. Samsung doesn't use Tegra 1/2.

RE: confusion...
By Iaiken on 9/8/2010 10:12:20 AM , Rating: 2
I'd be more interested if LG could release a competent Android offering. Thus far they have all been utterly disappointing and incompetent designs.

By sleepeeg3 on 9/8/2010 10:54:29 AM , Rating: 2
Now we will be able to play Bejeweled AND Snake for a whole 30 minutes!

RE: Great!
By DarkPhoenix on 9/8/2010 12:51:32 PM , Rating: 2
Well, Tegra 2 is quite capable of doing more than that:

But obviously what's seen in the video, isn't aimed at the tiny screens of smartphones :)

Someone please tell me...
By Motoman on 9/8/2010 11:41:18 AM , Rating: 2
...that the first Optimus phone out the door will be called the "Prime."

RE: Someone please tell me...
By DarkPhoenix on 9/8/2010 12:49:04 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, I don't know if Hasbro has any patent to that name, but if they do, it might not be a good idea to call it that :)

Dual the pride...
By kontorotsui on 9/8/2010 3:51:24 PM , Rating: 2
Dual the pride... double the fall.

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