With smartphones quickly building on the mini-PC reputation, a double helping of processing power is probably just what’s needed to push the netbook or tablet onto a shaky perch. LG has announced that they will be integrating the Nvidia Tegra 2 processors into their forthcoming smartphone line dubbed Optimus. The next generation mobile processor is expected to proffer some noticeable performance improvements along with advanced graphics capabilities.
What’s special about Tegra 2 is the fact that Nvidia claims it to be the first ever dual-core CPU for the mobile platform. The processor packs in an ultra low-power Nvidia GeForce GPU as well as a 1080p HD mobile video processor, with the last mentioned also touted to be a first.
“LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance,” expressed Chang Ma, vice president of the Marketing Strategy Team, LG Mobile. “We selected Nvidia because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.”
“The ultimate smartphones will be powered by Tegra, the world’s most advanced mobile processor,” remarked Phil Carmack, senior vice president of Nvidia’s mobile business. “LG is one of the most popular consumer brands, and their Optimus Series of devices with Tegra is further validation of the processor’s ability to deliver an unrivalled, turbocharged media experience.”
The two 1GHz processors share the workload to apparently offer almost twice the browsing speed and five times the gaming performance as compared to single core 1GHz processors. Apart from 1080p HD video playback, there are 3D capabilities and console-quality gaming to watch out for.
There’s no word on how much it’s going to cost for any of the Optimus smartphones, although LG is indeed slated to debut them within the fourth quarter of 2010.