LG X3 Packs 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Tegra 3, 4.7-inch Screen
February 15, 2012 10:17 AM
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Phone has a decent size battery, but battery life will likely be less than ideal
LG Electronics Inc. (
) has certainly struggled during the smartphone era, which has led to
some high-profile executive attrition
. But things finally appear to be looking up. The company's smartphone division
became profitable in 2011
for the first time in quite a while. And it's finally producing the kind of sleek superphones Android customers are demanding.
Its latest superphone
is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered X3. Leaked screengrabs
just aired, and they paint a pretty interesting picture.
The camera packs the expected fare -- an 8 MP rear-facing camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and near field communications for use with Google Inc.'s (
) Wallet app. But the phone's most impressive features are its large 4.7-inch (720x1280) screen and quad-core
Tegra 3 chip
from NVIDIA Corp. (
). The Tegra 3 is reportedly clocked at 1.5 GHz when motoring in single-core mode, but clocks down to 1.4 GHz when multiple cores are in use.
Depending on when this hits the market, it could be the world's very first quad-core smartphone. The Tegra 3 has thus far only seen action in ASUSTEK Computer Inc.'s (
Eee Pad Transformer Prime
The X3 will pack a relatively heavy-duty 2,000 mAh battery -- which seemingly further tempts fate. The 4.7-inch diagonal screen (4.10-in x 2.30-in -- or roughly 9.43 sq. in), gives the X3 a power per screen area ratio of approximately 212.1 mAh per sq in.
To put this perspective, the iPhone 4S -- which generally has pretty decent battery life -- packs a 1,432 mAh battery [
] with a 3.5-inch diagonal screen (2.91-in. x 1.94-in. -- or roughly 5.7 sq. in). This works out to roughly 251.2 mAh per sq. in.
Now consider that both the iPhone 4S and the X3 use LG's "Retina" displays (so their power per inch would likely be similar) and the iPhone 4S only has a dual-core CPU clocked at 800 MHz (~43% lower).
To give one more point of comparison, HTC Corp.'s (TPE:2498) Rezound has a 4.3-inch diagonal screen (3.75-in x 2.11-in -- or roughly 7.9 sq. in) and a 1,620 mAh batter, which works out to 205.1 mAh per sq. in. But the Rezound only has a 1.5 GHz
A leaked render of the LG X3 [Image Source: Pocket Now]
It's easy to speculate that the battery life will be relatively bad, but given the low mAh per square inch of competitive Android models, it may just be your typical short-lived Android fodder.
So far the handset has not been officially announced, so price, carrier availability, launch date, and finalized specs have not yet been committed to public knowledge.
LG recently drew attention for its launch of the
. Some may recall that the Prada
beat the iPhone to market in 2007
, and was remarkably similar to Apple's handset in the overall GUI experience, and was the first mobile phone to have a capacitive touchscreen. LG released a follow-up -- the Prada II -- in Dec. 2008, but the model did not see great sales success. The new Prada 3 ditches the physical keyboard for a sleek form factor, which somewhat resembles Nokia Oyj.'s (
Lumia 900 Windows Phone
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2/15/2012 2:14:57 PM
For hardware comparison you have to assume that the manufacturer is doing everything they can to optomize their platform for the hardware they are using. If they aren't it is the optomization/integration that is bad, not the chip.
This isn't to say that the end user shouldn't care about the poor optimization, but they should be blaming the manufacturer now the hardware. There are cases where certain chips are just very hard to optomize/integrade but thats pretty rare and I would argue is still the fault of the manufacturer for picking it without understand it.
2/15/2012 2:30:27 PM
Yes, of course. I was speaking more in regards to making broad statements about whether a dual or a quad is "more efficient" without taking other variables into account.
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