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The first dual-core smartphones come from Korea

Saturday, September 18, 2010
LG announced it's preparing a new lineup of smartphones based on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform. Dual core 1GHz processor, low-power NVIDIA graphics and seamless fullHD playback will be the key features of the refreshed Optimus brand. And LG will present those smartphones within the last quarter of this year.

NVIDIA Tegra 2 includes 1GHz dual-core processor and powerful but energy-efficient G-Force GPU. And it will guarantee excellent browsing and gaming performance plus 1080p video playback. For the OS there's no word yet, but we guess both Android and Windows Phone 7 are likely candidates.

On the other side, Samsung unveiled  Orion, the successor of their highly popular Hummingbird processor (used in Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, Wave, iPhone 4 and iPad). The new platform is based on 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, packs a vastly better GPU and allows HD video encoding/decoding. Plus there is support for up to three displays.

The new chip should allow way better gaming experience, 1080p video playing and recording at 30fps as well as, of course, the multiple display support.

Samsung Orion will become available to manufacturer partners in Q4 this year, while the mass-production cycle will start in the first half of 2011.

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