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LG Star gets hands-on, may be fastest phone yet

updated 12:30 pm EST, Sat December 11, 2010

LG Star gets detailed prototype preview

The LG Star received a more extensive hands-on today that suggested it could be one of the most advanced smartphones to date when it launches next year. It so far remains the first smartphone known to be using NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 and, as promised earlier, is much faster in benchmarks than any other Android phone so far. A more real-world test from Engadget has also shown it to play embedded Flash video smoothly and handle both the GPU-accelerated Android interface and the native YouTube app's high quality mode properly.

Some of the hardware hasn't been tested, but the four-inch LCD is considered very high quality with colors and viewing angles that don't always show on smartphones. At 480x800, the screen isn't as high resolution as the 640x960 Retina Display on an iPhone 4, but the image quality shows the connection between the two devices, both of which have LCDs made by LG Display.

The eight-megapixel camera and 1080p playback, both of which may be highlights of using the Tegra 2, weren't given tests.

While ambitious, the device is unlikely to be shipped in the immediate future given its rough state. Although based on the same custom, production-ready Android 2.2 interface as the Optimus Mach (LU3000), the phone couldn't play non-streaming video and periodically bogged down without explanations. LG may also upgrade the phone to run Android 2.3 and could take extra time to polish the OS. The new OS could also help speed it up further still, as many of the background optimizations are tailored to gaming.

LG may use its keynote at CES in early January to unveil the Star, but most larger phone manufacturers save their releases for Mobile World Congress in February.

Other phones are expected to use the Tegra 2, including the Motorola Olympus, and could put pressure on both fellow Android phone makers as well as Apple. The latter's tendency to update the iPhone once a year in summer could leave it with a comparatively slow device until the iPhone 5, which is unofficially suspected to be getting a custom-designed chip using the same dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 foundation as the Tegra 2.

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  1. MadGoat

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    Can't wait ...

    Can't wait to hear about battery performance... What are we looking at here 30 minutes to an hour of use?

    Also, you can have the fastest phone on earth, but if the software isn't there... Not much good it'll do you.

  1. ricardogf

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    So why are we talking about a vaporware "superfast" phone that hasn't even been launched? More BS from Electronista...

  1. dwoodruff

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    just curious...

    Why does every new smart phone look exactly like an iPhone? Can't one of these companies have any sense of individual design, much less self-repect enough not to blatantly rip-off Apple.

  1. SMacSteve

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    comment title

    You boys just can't handle anyone besides Apple coming out with cool hardware! Get a grip! The iPhone isn't that great! I'll take a Android over one any day! And when Windows get's some decent numbers in it's Marketplace, which will happen, it will be a strong player in this game too. The WM7 OS is amazing!

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    iPhone 5 may be nice, but this is going to leave i

    Android activations up to 300,000 per day, what not waiting on the Tegra 2?

    Android marches on...

    Let's face it, Apple has a nice phone. they have a nice OS in iOS.

    What would they need to compete? More phones at every price point.

    Just thinking the 3gs is 'free' on a $2000 contract, doesn't mean its free - you have to pay attention to the $2000 contract part.

    You can buy an android phone wiith no contract for $249 that is surprisingly capable.

    Ultimately Apple can get on Verizon - and maybe Sprint, and heck someday T-mobile, but even when they are on all the carriers - they still aren't competing in prepaid.

    Apple has everything except the willingness to compete downmarket.

    Android is going upmarket, downmarket, every market in between, wiith 10,000 devices. And guess what, that strategy will work.

  1. wrenchy

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    re: Can't wait

    A two core processor will split the workload evenly between the two cores. Each core works at a lower frequency and voltage for a shorter duration of time leading to a 40% power saving (theoretically).

    >>>but if the software isn't there... Not much good it'll do you.

    The Android stack will be more than ready to optimize this new technology.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    Very impressive bench mark device

    as long as it translates into the real-world use of a smartphone. Maybe they should be building gaming machines with this type of tech instead of smartphones where battery life is still important. If the real-world battery life is still eight hours, then all the better. It'll be good for those that want to use Android smartphones. It's still not going to dent the iPhone market because this smartphone is merely more powerful. Consumers aren't buying iPhones for only that reason. It probably has more to do with iTMS, the app store and very good customer service. The iOS platform isn't going to collapse because of a few fast Android smartphones that have slightly higher specs than the iPhone. Still this Android smartphone seems very full-featured. If they sell it for $199 on contract I guess any consumer would be getting their money's worth.

  1. IxOsX

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    Nice Specs

    Nice tech and specs! Don't see why have to be a bad thing for some of you, even if you are an only one tech (Apple) person. It's just good to have such technology available. And about Android, I don't see in what is so much inferior to the iOS. I prefer the iOS, but I do not consider Android any inferior in general. But if you talk me about WM7, then that is another story.

  1. SockRolid

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    Hardware = easy. Software = hard.

    Any decent hardware manufacturer can mash up a handset that out-specs a 6-month old iPhone. Nobody can match Apple's iOS + iTunes + App Store. Not Google, not Microsoft, not RIM, not Palm, er, HP (LOL).

    Developers don't care that a phone is slightly faster, especially if the speed comes at the expense of battery life (looking at you, Intel.) Consumers don't care about a tiny improvement in speed when the OS slows down over time so much that you need to reboot frequently (looking at you, Google.)

    All you need to know is that the top apps in the Android market are task killers. Why? To keep your Android handset from bogging down with too many background processes and to try to improve your battery life from all the OS thrashing between those processes. "If you see a task killer, they blew it."

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