LG has announced the world’s first commercially available quad-core smartphone, stealing a march on rival phone-makers in what we’re calling the Core Wars.
Dubbed the Optimus 4X HD, LG’s kit is home to a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor. Although billed as 'quad-core' in promotional bumpf, Tegra’s processor actually features five general processing ARM Cortex A9 cores – with the fifth being a 500MHz so-called companion core.
The latter handles background, non-intensive tasks, with the result that battery life ought to get a boost. That could be a real boon, especially given how often battery longevity on current-gen smartphones disappoints.
The official unveiling of LG’s phone comes as its Android-phone rival HTC is believed to be preparing to unveil a Tegra3-toting device of its own at Mobile World Congress this weekend.
Samsung is also rumoured to be equipping its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S3, with the same core-count and possibly the same Tegra 3 component.
The LG 4X HD's other features also mark it out as a very high-end bit of kit. Highlights include a 4.7-inch, 1280x720 True HD IPS LCD screen and the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android out of the box.
And completing the package is 16GB of internal storage, NFC smarts for contactless payments and 3D media playback.