As a manufacturer, LG is no stranger to dual-core Android goodness, having been the first (or certainly one of the first) groups to bring more than one core to a smartphone with the LG G2x (also called the Optimus 2X internationally), then the LG G-Slate (a dual-core tablet), finally the Optimus 3D (aka the Thrill 4G) to the Android world. Now they appear very much to be coming back with a slide-out keyboard on a device called the LG Optimus Note and their 2-1 and possibly 3-1 favorite for dual-core processors, the NVIDIA Tegra 2 running inside.
Interestingly enough, this device appears to have an upgraded 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor where the predominant speed at which this SoC has been clocked thus far has been 1.0GHz. Does this mean NVIDIA is pushing their dual-cores to the limits of awesome power before they bring the next big heat with their quad-core Project Kal-El processors? We shall see! That said, which device have you got pegged as the last one to be produced with a dual-core processor from NVIDIA? Has it been created already, or will Tegra 2s be coming out for some time?
In addition, this device, code-named LU-6500, is reported as carrying a Nova LCD Display (700nit) with 800 x 480 pixel WVGA resolution, it'll have HDMI support in some form or another, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread at launch, Bluetooth 3.0, a full QWERTY keyboard, an oddly small 5-megapixel camera on the back, VGA camera on the front, 8GB ROM, and 1G DDR2 RAM. Sound like a radical combination to you? At the moment we're only seeing this device showing up in South Korea where Google was this week raided by the KFTC, but it's certainly possible that a USA release is in the mix inside these next few months - will it be able to compete with the DROID BIONIC and the GSII?
Several of the photos you see in this post come from Korea-based Cetizen, while the video comes from LG U+, South Korean mobile carrier. This video features a brief glimpse of the LG Optimus Note in action (without the keyboard being slid out, mind you, but unmistakably visible near the end of the segment.)
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