[New Gadget] Here it goes, phones are officially built with a dual-core processor with LG taking the lead with Optimus 2X (literally, picture above). Armed with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 is made up of two 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPUs and eight GeForce GPUs, some really power things in there. Surely this is going to be the benchmark for a top Android phone for the next couple of months.

Meanwhile, Optimus Black (above) comes with 700 nits of brightness (NOVA screen, new tech?) and LG reckons that it will provide the most readable screen around (ask iPhone 4?). Also onboard is LG's Wi-Fi Direct for quick and high-quality data transfer between mobile devices and a 2MP front-facing camera. Did I mention this Blackie is 9.2mm thick also?

The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Singapore on March 2011 at recommended retail price of S$888.00 at all telecommunications outlets. The LG Optimus Black will be available in April 2011 at a recommended retail price of $768.00.

LG Optimus 2X

  • 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm / 139g
  • 4" WVGA LCD, 480 x 800 pixels
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz
  • 8 megapixels, with LED and HD 1080p recording
  • FM Radio
  • microSD Slot
  • microUSB charging
  • HDMI and Dual Display Support
  • A-GPS and DLNA
  • Battery Capacity: 1500 mAh

LG Optimus Black

  • 122 x 64 x 9.2 mm / 109g
  • 4" NOVA Screen
  • Android 2.2
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • 5 megapixels with LED, Front Facing - 2 megapixels
  • microSD Slot
  • microUSB charging
  • 1500 mAh
  • A-GPS

LG Optimus 2X - Engadget Review
LG Optimus Black – CNET UK Review





Latest smartphones deliver the ultimate user experience with world’s first capabilities

SINGAPORE, Mar. 3, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG Optimus Black and LG Optimus 2X smartphones, boasting capabilities that are the world’s firsts. Providing users with a dramatically brighter 4-inch NOVA display in one of the world’s slimmest 9.2 mm mobile device, the LG Optimus Black creates a one-of-a-kind user experience while the LG Optimus 2X - the world’s first smartphone with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor with a dual-core CPU - provides a faster and smoother multitasking experience with virtually no screen lag.

Mr James Park, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore said, “The launch of the LG Optimus Black and LG Optimus 2X as the next-generation smartphones reflect LG’s efforts in providing smartphones that enhance the user experience. With these world-first features and LG’s traditional strength in innovative design, we are aggressively taking the steps to position us to be a leading player in the competitive Singapore smartphone market.”

LG Optimus Black: One of the World’s Slimmest and Brightest Smartphones

Available for the first time in the mobile market, the LG Optimus Black’s NOVA display is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable mobile screen with 700 nits[1] of brightness for optimal visibility. The LG Optimus Black provides users with an easier and more natural experience when browsing the web, reading emails, and writing documents with higher levels of brightness and pure white tones that deliver true black and white colors for ideal handset viewing. NOVA technology featured on the LG Optimus Black enables users to maintain visibility whether indoors or outdoors under strong sunlight.

In addition to greater luminosity, the NOVA display on the LG Optimus Black also radically reduces power consumption by 50 percent during general indoor use compared to a conventional LCD. Similarly, AMOLED screens consume twice as much power as NOVA screens to display a full white screen; the most frequently used color scheme for web browsing. Combined with the 1500 mAh battery of the LG Optimus Black, users will have enough power for their daily needs, even at maximum brightness settings.

Users will never be out of style with the LG Optimus Black’s ultra slim 9.2 mm design. Making a strong visual statement, the LG Optimus Black weighs only 109g and offers sleek lines and smooth edges that improve handheld grip. Tapering down to the world’s thinnest smartphone profile of 6.0 mm, LG Optimus Black’s subtle back arch helps to create the illusion of even greater slimness and increase the chic factor. Unique to the LG Optimus Black, the flush and flawless finish of the front display is achieved by innovatively hiding the Invisible Receiver behind the edges of the phone.

“We are excited to introduce the stylish new LG Optimus Black which will cater to fashion and design-conscious consumers,” said Mr James Park, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “The LG Optimus Black with the world’s brightest screen and the world’s slimmest design in an attractive and smart package is reflective of LG’s technological advancements in display and design.”

The LG Optimus Black also offers a set of smarter features designed for easy and faster access to important apps and content. Optimus UI 2.0 lets users directly access messages, emails and missed calls from the locked screen with just one single finger tap. The Gesture UI offers more intuitive commands, including lifting, shaking and tapping, for taking calls, entering camera mode, or enjoying music. The LG Optimus Black also introduces the world’s first Wi-Fi Direct™[2] for quick and high-quality data transfer between mobile devices and adopts the world’s first 2MP front-facing camera.

All LG Optimus Black features are available on the Android 2.2 Froyo platform with Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade capability. Utilizing the 2MP front-facing camera, LG Optimus Black allows users to utilize video telephony functions of higher quality upon upgrading to Android’s Gingerbread.

LG Optimus 2X: World’s First and Fastest Dual-Core Smartphone

The LG Optimus 2X is the world’s first smartphone powered by a mobile processor with a dual-core CPU. Along with more powerful multimedia features, the LG Optimus 2X’s high-performance Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag.
“LG understands that as Singaporeans live a fast-paced life, they value mobile gadgets that enable them to multitask and do more on the go,” continued Mr James Park. “As the first smartphone which enables hyper-speed and seamless multi-tasking abilities, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones and providing the ultimate user experience for Singaporeans.”
Developed by visual-computing leader NVIDIA, the Tegra 2 processor found in the LG Optimus 2X features a dual-core CPU, each running at a clock speed of 1GHz, along with an eight-core GPU. It also boasts low-power consumption and high-performance for playing video and audio. The result is faster web browsing and smoother gameplay, compared with single-core processors running at the same speed, as well as instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications.

“The Tegra 2-powered LG Optimus 2X brings mobile computing to a whole new level. We are proud to partner with LG, one of the world’s leading electronics companies, to launch a new super phone providing experiences that have never before been seen,” said Francis Yu, Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales and Marketing, at NVIDIA.
The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience taking full advantage of the phone’s HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor. The smartphone also includes both rear- and front-facing cameras, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a 1500mAh battery.

The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Singapore on March 2011 at recommended retail price of S$888.00 at all telecommunications outlets. The LG Optimus Black will be available in April 2011 at a recommended retail price of $768.00.

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About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 80,000 people working in over 115 operations around the world. With 2009 global sales of 55.5 trillion Korean won (USD 43.4 billion), LG comprises four business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning and Energy Solution. LG is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula 1™. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lg.com .

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit www.lgmobilephones.com.

About LG Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd

LG Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd is a fully-owned subsidiary of LG Electronics Inc., the pioneer and market leader of the Korean electronics industry for over four decades. In recognition of its vision of bringing great design to category defining products, and its fast-growing market appeal in Singapore, LG Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd is a recipient of leading local and international industry accolades such as the Superbrands 2006, Red dot Design and GfK No. 1 Awards. Poised to be the Number One electronics and telecommunications brand in Singapore, LG Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd runs a customer-focused centre: the LG Service Centre at Alexandra Road. For more information, please visit www.lg.com/sg.

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[1] Nit: a unit of luminance equal to 1 candela per square meter

[2] An application is required to enable Wi-Fi Direct™ on the phone and will be available for download from Android Market in the first half of 2011.

[Gadget Deal] Every 3 months, the a IT/gadget consumer show comes by. And this is the 1st show in 2011! Surely you feel like a change of printers? No? Now you probably have not heard of HP ePrint, that gives your printer a web address and you send prints to that address to print your stuff.

That means printing everywhere!
HP Printers IT Show 2011 Brochure - Link

[App – iPad] Surely the place that has the highest concentration of the nerds and the geeks deserve an dedicated app. But the surprise it isn’t the more marketing-focus Funan IT Mall that makes this sort of app first.
In Sim Lim Sq XL, you find some essential information such as promotions, contact information, pricelist, floorplan and so on. But the app that provides information has to be updated frequently to be useful.
For the promotions and pricelists, updates are about within one week or so. Cool, but I will still have to get the leaflet from the guys at the entrance to the mall to see the pricelist for the day. It will be cool if everyone has a tablet and retailers just have to upload their pricelists for us, consumers to download. Save the earth mah!
Another interesting fact is the “Thumbs Up” feature for users to rate each retailer (I think the app contains most if not all retailers at Sim Lim). It is interesting because there is no “Thumbs Down” button to click on! Everyone gets a thumbs up! Only difference is the number of it. I guess it is probably not as useful then.
All-in-all an app that depends a lot on the retailers to update the information. And I think timely updates should help to get their shop names across also since users will tend to check out the latest promotions or pricelists.

[Review] Work brought me to Shanghai a couple of weeks back. I am not a frequent overseas traveller so therefore I was really impressed by the facilities within the Ascott Hotel, Shanghai. Specifically, the Home Entertainment System.

A complete set of Philips Home Entertainment System is perhaps the most eye-catching in the room. But TV programmes are all delivered with Standard Definition, hence the image quality is certainly not as good as the overall quality of the hotel. The selection of the programmes are real good though with the likes of ESPN, National Geographic and movies.

Wi-Fi connection is consistently good throughout the hotel and with LAN connection as well, Internet access is well covered in Ascott, Shanghai. However, the likes of YouTube, Facebook and Blogger are all blocked by the great firewall of China. I tried randomly access those webs via a VPN service but there is a noticeable lag while doing that.

And a iPhone dock to top things off.

Makes me feel at home, too bad there is no high-definition of the TV programmes. And oh ya, the electrical plug aren’t those back in Singapore. Bring a convertor if happen to be in Shanghai, a truly city growing at tremendous pace.

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