Rumors of the LG Optimus Pad, an Android tablet by LG first started circulating in October 2010. Details of the LG T-Mobile G-Slate were also leaked a few weeks back. Today, we have more details of the Optimus Pad. It seems that it’s identical to the T-Mobile G-Slate, but will be available worldwide.
A leaked press release by Hankyung reveals the launch details as well as the hardware specifications for the LG Optimus Pad. It will have an 8.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 3D support as well as multitouch capabilities. It will have a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.
It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will come with a dual core processor, and will likely have 1 GB RAM.
It will also have a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash and a front facing camera. It will have 32 GB internal storage and should come with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. It also has a 6400 mAh standard Li-ion battery powering it. It will run the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which has been designed specifically for tablets, probably with a customized UI shell. It will be unveiled officially at MWC 2011, on February 13. Stay tuned for more MWC 2011 related coverage on Techie-Buzz.
At the recently concluded CES 2011, nVidia’s Tegra 2 wowed us with its impressive computing capabilities. Unsurprisingly, nVidia is already working on its next chip for handheld devices – Tegra 3. Nvidia’s general manager of mobile business, Michael Rayfield, hinted to Hexus that Tegra 3 might be announced at the Mobile World Congress, which is scheduled to be held next month.
We have already seen the huge performance boost that Tegra 2 can deliver. Although the specs for the upcoming Tegra 3 chips are not available, expect similar leaps in performance from it. The rumors going around suggest that it will have a quad-core GPU and a dual-core CPU (ARM A9).
Modern chip fabrication process has reached a level of sophistication that makes it possible to pack in tremendous amount of processing power on even on the tiniest of boards. Tegra 3 will probably use a 28nm fabrication process. However, the biggest bottleneck for mobile computing is likely to be power storage. Batteries have simply not been able to keep up with the rapid improvements in other hardware components. The challenge for the manufacturers is to ramp up performance without requiring additional power. Ultimately, this will be the factor that will determine how quickly we will see quad-core and octa-core chips appearing on our mobile phones and tablets.
LG announced the Optimus 2X last month. The Optimus 2X was the first phone announced from any manufacturer which is based on the highly anticipated Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. Nearly all the upcoming handsets and tablets from all major manufacturers will be based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform.
However, as much as we have heard about the Tegra 2 platform no company has provided us with raw benchmarks of the device, until now that is.
Thanks to Tech Bloggr, we have got a video of Quadrant in action of the LG Optimus 2X-:
LG Optimus 2X Quadrant Benchmark
Here is the link to the video for all our feed readers.
As seen from the video above, the Optimus 2X literally blows the competition away. The phone scores a whopping 2391 in the Quadrant benchmark. However, we should keep in mind that the Quadrant app has still not been optimized for dual-core processors.
The app still sees the dual-core Tegra 2 processor as a single core one. Once an updated version of the app comes out, we expect these numbers to improve.
We are seeing more and more high-end games make an appearance on Android. However, high-end games need powerful hardware, and as recently launched games like Dungeon Defenders have shown, many of the high-end Android phones (read Snapdragon phones with Adreno 200) might not have enough in them to support games with next-gen visuals. The good news is that the next generation of Android phones should solve the problem.
Dual-core processors are clearly going to be the way to go in 2011. Baring Sony Ericsson, all other popular Android handset manufacturers are expected to introduce dual-core CPU driven handsets. In fact, some like LG (Optimus 2x) and Motorola (Atrix 4G) have already made their move.
Most of the upcoming dual-core handsets as well as tablets will be powered by nVidia’s Tegra 2. NVidia clearly expects Android gaming to take off in a big way. Besides actively working with developers, nVidia is also working on its own app store. It will be launching a market called Tegra Zone for Tegra 2 enabled Android devices.
Galaxy on Fire
Tegra Zone will be an Android market dedicated to high-end games. It will be using the Android Market’s payment backend, which means that you will be able to use your Google Checkout account for payments (and carrier billing, if available). Since Tegra Zone is meant only for games, there will be no file size limit. It will also feature HD video previews, unlimited screenshots, reviews from 3rd parties and gameplay videos. The first five games to be included are Dungeon Defenders: First Wave, Monster Madness, Fruit Ninja THD, Backbreaker THD, and Galaxy on Fire.
It is a very well-known fact that many companies will be unveiling a tablet at the upcoming CES 2011 including Motorola. Andy Rubin had even used the Motorola tablet prototype running Honeycomb at the D: Dive Mobile event. Yesterday, Motorola had uploaded a teaser video on YouTube about their upcoming tablet. The video shows how the tablet evolved right from B.C to A.D and even took potshots at the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Here is the video I am talking about :
Today, the company has put up a countdown on their website until they announce their upcoming highly anticipated tablet at the CES 2011. As of now, the countdown says that 15 days 4 hours and 46 minutes are still left until Motorola announces its next-generation tablet. Users can have a look at the countdown here.
From the leaked information, we already know that the upcoming tablet from Motorola will be sporting an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and will also be a DROID branded device. The tablet will also be running on the next version of Android OS Honeycomb which is targeted towards tablet.
LG has unveiled its next generation high-end Android phone the Optimus 2x. The LG Optimus 2x is the first Android handset to sport an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Other key specifications of the handset include a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) screen, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot.
At the heart of the phone is a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz and packs 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front sports a 1.3MP camera. The phone is capable of playing back 1080p videos as well as recording them. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack are also present. The handset also packs in DLNA and HDMI mirroring’. This beast of a phone will be powered by a 1500mAh battery.
Sadly, the LG Optimus 2X will launch with Android 2.2 on board. However, LG has promised that the handset will get the Android 2.3 update in due course. The handset will hit Korea next month with Europe and Asia to follow.
Android lovers have high expectations from the still unannounced Motorola Olympus. The Olympus is expected to be based on NVidia Tegra 2 and will be fully’ loaded with all the latest technology. The handset is expected to be announced by Motorola sometime early next year.
Now, Engadget has got their hands on what is arguably the Olympus. At first glance, the Olympus looks like the Motorola Defy. However, on closer inspection it is clearly evident that the screen of the device is bigger than 3.7-inch (4-4.3-inch possibly). From the images, it is also clear that the handset will sport a front facing camera.
Android And Me suggest that the Olympus will pack an 8MP camera with 1080p recording and a mini-HDMI port. Earlier it was though that the Olympus will be a Verizon exclusive device but now it looks like the handset will come to multiple carriers with AT&T launching the phone first.
LG has been seeing a lot of sales for the LG Optimus One lately, with it selling about 1 million units since launch. It is now planning to launch a high end addition to the Optimus line up, and we have some details about the new phone.
It is codenamed the LG Star, and like the upcoming LG Optimus tablet, it will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. It will sport Android 2.2 Froyo, or even Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the time it launches. It will have a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
It will come with an 8 MP camera and can record 1080p HD video. It is supposed to sport the vanilla Android OS with no custom UI embellishments. It will also have a secondary camera for video calls, and will be powered by a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.