LG Optimus 2X review

Will the world's first dual-core smartphone prove to be a powerhouse?

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LG Optimus 2X review: Battery life

We weren't really sure what to expect from the Optimus 2X in terms of battery life. You might think that a more powerful processor would mean more power consumption, but Nvidia suggests that a dual-core chip should actually be lighter on the battery.

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In practice, the Optimus 2X turns out to be pretty average for a modern smartphone. The large LCD screen is always going to be a big power draw, for example, and the Tegra chip isn't going to change that.

After a pretty typical day for us (a bit of music in the morning, regular 3G Twitter checks and browsing throughout the day, about 30 minutes of phone calls, a couple of YouTube videos and some Wi-Fi browsing in the evening), the battery was at 18 per cent. That's right in line with what we expect these days.

So you'll be charging every night if your usage is comparable to ours, but could get a few days out of it if you're careful.

One of the features of Android 2.3 is better power management, so if the update does arrive on the Optimus 2X, this could improve.

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The LG Optimus 2X is no slouch when it comes to connections. In terms of cabling, there's micro-USB for connecting to your PC and that mini-HDMI port. The 8GB of built-in storage can be expanded by up to 32GB with the addition of a microSD card.

Wirelessly, you've got Wi-Fi covering b, g and n protocols, so you can make the most of a fast connection. HSDPA 3G connectivity means fast mobile broadband if you've a good signal.

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Bluetooth is here, but only in its 2.1 form. No speedy 3.0 version, which is a bit of a shame. However, A2DP music streaming is enabled.

There's the obilgatory A-GPS chip for location tracking, and there's even an FM radio, in case you get bored of all the modern technology.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time7.83 Hour
Product ModelOptimus 2x P990
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)139 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height122.4 mm
Width64.2 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time400 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus 2x P990 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Gyro Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberLGP990.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG Optimus 2X is the world's first dual-core Smartphone. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo), the latest Smartphone from LG allows users to experience improved performance when browsing the web, downloading applications and multitasking. Packed with the latest features the LG Optimus 2X offers an 8 MP camera with full HD 1080p video playback and recording. Content can be played back using the HDMI interface which shows content on HD TV displays to full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2x will also offer console-like gaming experience brought to life by the NVIDIA graphics dual-core processor and the phone's gyro sensor.