World's first dual-core smartphone helps consumers ditch their laptop

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Smartphones are set to take over the digital world, replacing common tech staples and becoming the ultimate one-device-for-everything gadget.

Palm-sized devices such as Nokia's N8 with it's 12MP camera have reached (and in some cases exceeded) the resolution found on the common point-and-shoot cameras, and an excess of apps for everything you could possibly imagine on devices such as the iPhone are now making the smartphone the ultimate go-to device.

To go with these leaps in user-friendly technology, smartphone manufacturers are constantly battling to keep the insides of the device fast enough to support their user's power-hungry browsing.

The LG Optimus 2X is the first smartphone to have a dual-core Tegra 2 processor at its heart (a processor similar to those found on tablets and PCs) - but it won't be long before other manufacturers follow suite.

For consumers, a high performance processor like the Tegra 2 means faster, smoother web browsing, better handling of power-hungry applications and multitasking 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 in a December 21 press release.

"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."

Technology blog Engadget got their hands on a prototype of the device (which at the time was dubbed the LG Star) and revealed that the "Tegra 2 will give anything your current phone's running an inferiority complex."

Along with the dual-core Tegra 2 1GHz processor the LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording, full quality HDMI mirroring, 8GB of memory, a 4 inch WVGA screen, rear (8MP) and front-facing (1.3MP) cameras and wireless connectivity with any DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible digital device.

The handset will run Android version 2.2 on launch but will be upgradable to Android 2.3 in the future.

The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea in January 2011 with Europe and Asia to follow shortly. No prices have been revealed.

Engadget's LG Start preview:

A comparison of the device with both the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S can be found here: