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LG Optimus 2X



Overview of LG Optimus 2X (LG-P990)

Introducing the world's first dual core smartphone - the LG Optimus 2X. Running Android 2.2 at launch with the new LG Optimus 2.0 UI, the Optimus 2X is powered by nVidia's 2x 1GHz Tegra2 processor which looks set to take the mobile industry by storm this year and helps boast impressive speed.

Browsing the web, loading applications and simply navigating through Android has never been so slick and easy. This dual core technology even saves on battery life compared to other devices by increasing performance and sharing resources.

The 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash will take stunning pictures so you never miss that perfect moment and doubles up as a true 1080p full HD recorder. The power of the 2X also provides immersive experiences such as live streaming through HDMI and 7.1 channel surround sound support so whatever you capture on camera can be directed to another screen.

Even games stored on the device can be played through and enjoyed on your HDTV. Connectivity is important with modern technology so as well as this full HD connection, DLNA is also supported with appropriate devices.

The 4 inch 800 x 480 screen introduces the new IPS technology from LG. With incredible black and white contrasting, IPS also uses ambient light whilst in bright environments to boost brightness and save battery life.

The style of the phone is simple and similar to the recent Nexus S from Google with a clean, single sheet of glass across the entire front of the device and the four standard Android touch buttons disappearing from view when the backlight turns off; plus at just 10.9mm thick with neatly rounded edges, incorporates the large screen without feeling too big in the hand.

Features of LG Optimus 2X (LG-P990)

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • nVidia Tegra2 dual-core processor (2 x 1GHz)
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Front facing 1.3MP camera
  • Up to 32GB MicroSDHC card support
  • 1080p video recording
  • Mini-HDMI out
  • 1500 mAh rechargeable battery
  • 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm

Whats in the box of LG Optimus 2X (LG-P990)

  • LG Optimus 2X
  • 1500mAh battery
  • MicroUSB cable
  • 3 pin UK mains adapter
  • HDMI data cable
  • 3.5mm headset (in ear style) with in line microphone
  • User guide


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version2.2 (Froyo) [2.3 Gingerbread update expected after release]
  • Custom Skin
  • Speed1Ghz Dual Core
  • Dual CoreYes
  • Quad Core
  • Make/ModelnVidia Tegra2 AP20H
  • Other
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDHC
  • Capacity (Up to)32GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity8 GB
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size4
  • TypeTFT-LCD Capacitive touch screen
  • Resolution 480 x 800
  • Other
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Mhz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies900/2100 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies
  • Speed
  • Version2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • FunctionsA2DP
  • VersionIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Version
  • DataMicroUSB
  • PowerMicroUSB
  • Audio3.5mm
  • Video OutHDMI
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware Buttons
  • OtherFull Multi Touch Control
  • Antenna TypeInternal
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels8
  • FlashAutofocus and LED flash
  • Camera Lens
  • Other
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type1.3MP
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • Gyroscope
  • Light Sensor
  • FormatsMP3 / WAV / WMA / eAAC player
  • Recording
  • FormatsMP4 / H.264 / H.263 / WMV player
  • Recording1080p@24fps, 720@30fps
Near Field Communication
FM Radio
  • Capacity1500 mAh
  • TypeLi-ion
  • RemovableYes
Call Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Dimensions126.4 x 63.8 x 10.9 mm
Weight 139 g
SoftwareGoogle Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Document viewer
Warranty24 months



Overall Rating 4.5 Stars * * * * *
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  • Simon Vale 19/5/2011 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Had this phone for over a month now. I had been looking at purchasing a smartphone for quite some time and this was the first one that ticked all the boxes... Processor speed, camera, storage, android, HD etc.
    It has met all my expectations, no issues with anything.
    Camera and video are great quality... only real downside with that camera is no dedicated 'hard' button for taking pictures, and also no lens cover for the camera.

    It is far superior to most devices available in retail shops in New Zealand

    A connectivity drawback I have which is more of an android issue, which is related to connecting to my universities secured wireless network, to which android doesn't support the level of encryption that my university uses for the proxy service.

    Everything else is working great and battery usage (which was a big concern i had) is holding up pretty well with lasting a day quite easily unless i'm playing games for a steady amount of time, although I except the battery life to diminish quite quickly.

    The LG interface software is great, and makes it very easy to post to multiple social media sites. I do not like however some of the preloaded apps which i can't uninstall (i presume this is a android ting though).. quite annoying with them starting up all the time when I don't use them at all.
    thats all i can think of at the moment.
  • bd4legacy 29/6/2011 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    New to Clove but very happy with their service. Lightning fast shipping! Purchased the LG Optimus 2X. Very nice phone. I've had many phones. Galaxy S, Motorola Cliq 2, Nokia, Blackberry.. The 2X is fast. The LG interface is nice. Plays divx movies. Very good overall phone. My next purchase is the SE Xperia Arc silver.

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Expert Review

LG Optimus 2X

Thanks to Sandra Vogel of for this review of the LG Optimus 2X

The Android smartphone sector is awash with handsets vying to be better, faster, more feature-packed than the rest. One way to stand out is to run a dual-core processor, and LG is first to achieve that with its Optimus 2X. Our review sample, from Clove Technology, proves that dual-core processors really do have a speed advantage. But the hare doesn't always win the race: does the LG Optimus 2X have what it takes to go the distance?


Obviously the Optimus 2X's key feature is its dual-core processor, but performance is wasted unless it's combined with good design and ergonomics. You can't enjoy a smartphone that's ugly or difficult to use, however fast it runs.

LG's Android 2.2-based Optimus 2X stands out thanks to its dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 4in. screen

Fortunately, the ergonomics are fine. The Optimus 2X is a relatively big smartphone measuring 122.4mm tall by 64.2mm wide by 9.9mm thick, largely to accommodate its 4in. screen. The display resolution of 480 by 800 pixels is par for high-end standard smartphone course, and the image is impressively sharp and bright. To make the handset look at little smaller than it is, LG has given the long edges a downwards curve. This doesn't quite work as an optical illusion, but causes no practical problems.

Although LG doesn't quote the Optimus 2X's weight, Clove's spec sheet has it at 135g. This is on the heavy side, but not enough to be a problem.

Beneath the screen, four touch buttons access the Home, Call, Back and Menu functions. These are barely visible when the phone is off, and brightly backlit when it's on. A metal strip running down the centre of the backplate is branded 'with Google', lest we forget.

A pair of speakers reside on the bottom edge. These deliver a fair volume, but you'll want to turn 'virtual surround' on in the music player to remove the more tinny tones.

The bottom of the device also houses a Micro-USB connector, while the top has a covered HDMI port for which LG provides a cable. Alongside the HDMI connector is a 3.5mm audio jack and the power switch. The long edges are clear apart from a pair of volume buttons on the right.

There is a camera above the screen on the front of the chassis, and another of the high end multimedia features, an 8 megapixel main camera with flash, sits on the back. The main camera supports full HD video capture.

The Optimus 2X ships with an AC adapter, a PC connector cable, an HDMI cable, a stereo headset and a printed user guide.


The Optimus 2X uses an Nvidia Tegra 2, which combines a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU with an ultra-low-power GeForce GPU and a 1080p Video Playback Processor. The latter makes LG's dual-core handset the first smartphone to support full-HD video playback and recording.

There is 8GB of internal storage, although out of the box our review device reported just 5.07GB free. You can augment this with microSD cards — the slot is under the backplate.

The quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE Optimus 2X has HSPA mobile broadband at up to 7.2Mbps download and 5.76Mbps upload. That's not quite up to the 14.4/5.76Mbps of the HTC Desire S, but it's perfectly respectable. GPS is present, along with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth (2.1 EDR). The Android version is 2.2 (Froyo) rather than 2.3 (Gingerbread), but we've only so far seen the latter in the HTC Desire S Google's Nexus S. An update to Android 2.3 would provide access to SIP-based video calling, but there's no support in the Optimus 2X for Near Field Communications (NFC) which Android 2.3 also supports.

LG has used its own skin to personalise Android. There are seven home screens, which can be filled with widgets — including an extensive range designed by LG, many of which are interesting and useful. The weather widget, for example, offers a 'real feel' temperature, which we assume takes account of wind-chill. Meanwhile, the calendar widget has enough space to list a couple of upcoming events and indicate whether more are pending for the day.

In many respects, LG's UI is a pleasure to use. For example, the notifications area can be pulled down to reveal not only message alerts but also a control panel for music playback and quick settings for volume, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and screen rotation lockout. The music player offers a scrolling carousel of tunes that's easy to move through with a finger sweep. You can also implement gesture controls such as flipping the handset on its face to mute calls and alarms.

A Car Home interface mimics HTCs Car Panel, offering six large tappable icons in place of the usual complex home-screen arrangement. Unlike HTC, LG is happy for one of these to link you into Google Maps (HTC defaults to its own paid-for navigation software); there's also a voice-search tool that lets you control the smartphone hands-free.

This is all great, but LG goes over the top in places. LG App Advisor, for example, supplements the Android Market, with the aim of narrowing down the vast range of apps in the Android Market to present you with a more manageable subset. However, most people are likely to ignore it and use the real Android Market app.

We approve of preloading an Android smartphone with a good range of applications, but LG has gone a step further by including what initially looks like an app in the main menu called Preloaded Apps. In fact, when you choose this it offers a selection of applications waiting to be installed from the Optimus 2X itself. This includes a number of games, the Layar augmented reality browser, Kindle ereader and a compass. There's nothing here you can't get from Android Market itself, and we wonder if the providers have paid for the privilege of being on this list. This app bundle is partly why the 8GB of internal storage is reduced to just over 5GB of available capacity.

Performance & battery life

The dual-core processor can only do so much to make the LG Optimus 2X faster than its rivals. Text entry can only be processed as quickly as you can hit the on-screen keys, so you're not likely to see a massive speed boost on email composition.

But activities like screen flipping, transitions between home screens, responsiveness to finger sweeps and pans, and scrolling through image galleries and music libraries are all much smoother and faster than we've seen before. All this gives a really slick feel to general usage.

Some applications get particular benefit from the dual-core processor. Web page rendering is noticeably quick; pinch-to-zoom response in the web browser is almost instant, while video playback — whether on the handset itself or streamed from a source like YouTube — is fast, with none of the pixellation or stuttering we sometimes see in less powerful handsets.

Overall, the dual-core processor makes the Optimus 2X a more rewarding handset to use, although you're unlikely to significantly reduce the total time you spend using the device.

The 1,500mAh battery is capacious for a smartphone, but it does have a lot of work to do managing the 4in. screen and dual-core processor. Indoors, with a Wi-Fi connection, the Optimus 2X kept going for about 24 hours between charges. But as soon as we started making it work hard, streaming video, using GPS and 3G data, it struggled. Those who want to take full advantage of what's on offer here will almost certainly need to administer a power boost during an average 24-hour period.


The LG Optimus 2X's dual-core processor makes the UI feel responsive and enhances many activities, while the 4in. screen is great for multimedia, web browsing and email. However, LG has crammed the Optimus 2X with apps, and we'd have liked to see Android 2.3 on board and longer battery life.


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