At the Sony Ericsson Global Conference in Singapore last month we noticed something missing from their new line up of Android devices — dual-core processors. None of the SE reps could give us an answer as to why this is the case but it looks like there’s no point pondering on that question any longer.
The device you see here is the first dual-core Sony Ericsson known as the Xperia Duo and this looks to be the new flagship Android from SE. The specs are mightily impressive even though they are still unconfirmed at the moment.
The Duo is rumoured to feature a 1.4
MHzGHz dual-core processor from either the NovaThor A9500 or U8500 chips or the Qualcomm MSM8260 variant. Supplementing the blazing 1.4GHz dual-core chip is a whopping 1.5GB RAM. Powering this impressive processing power is a huge 2500mAh battery.
In addition, there is a 4.5-inch qHD screen enhanced with Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA engine. Imaging comes in the form of a 12MP camera.
The Xperia Duo runs Android 2.3. Launch is slated for September this year but there’s no official word from Sony Ericsson just yet.
If the current crop of Sony Ericsson Android phones are anything to go by, it looks like there is a lot to like about this new super Xperia.
Dual core Android devices are creating a lot of buzz lately with both Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation running at 1.2GHz. The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 while the HTC Sensation uses Qualcomm’s dual-core MSM8260 processor. In terms of screen, the Galaxy S II boasts having the best display quality with its Super AMOLED Plus while the Incredible is pushing out higher resolution with its qHD display at 960×540.
Just recently, the folks at SlashGear were lucky enough to have both devices at hand. With some ample playtime, they managed to post a brief comparison review of the two.
In terms of design, the thicker HTC Sensation at 11.3mm is reportedly better in the hands compared to the thinner 8.49mm Galaxy S II. They also mentioned that the Sensation feels smaller due to its rounded corners and edges.
On the screen display, the Galaxy S II is predictably better in terms of viewing angle, colour reproduction and contrast but loses out to the Sensation when it comes to resolution. In situations such as viewing a full web page, the texts are obviously much more readable on the higher resolution Sensation without the need to zoom.
Are both dual-cores smart phones equal? The Quadrant Advanced test results revealed that the Galaxy S II’s Tegra 2 chip is better, scoring a 3504 points compared to the Sensation’s 2245. Slashgear gave a note that the benchmarks may not portray the full picture as it each manufacturer may throttle its CPU differently depending on environment. Plus, it is still too early to tell as both manufacturers could still be tweaking their softwares before it is officially released in our markets.
Note: As pointed out by chocolate, the Galaxy S II tested might be using a Exynos variant instead of Tegra 2 which explains the big difference in Quadrant scores. The Galaxy S II offers 2 different SoC dependent on region.
Head after the break for their video hands-on and more comparison shots.
Not only is the Optimus 2X the only dual-core Android smartphone in Malaysia but at RM1,899 outright, the Optimus 2X is also one of the cheapest 1GHz Androids you can get in the market today. But does being cheap mean there are bound to be compromises?
We’ll answer that after a full review but right now let’s just pit two of the most talked about dual-core Android devices against each other.
In the left corner, we have the LG Optimus 2X and in the right corner have the Samsung Galaxy S II. Which one will be crowned the fastest Android of them all?!
Head over to after the jump for some benchmark scores.
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This is all unconfirmed obviously but we have it on good authority that the Samsung Galaxy S II — yes, the dual-core next-generation Android — is very likely to make its Malaysian debut in May. No prizes for guessing which telco is going to take exclusivity for this device. We’re thinking that it will most probably be Maxis.
Adding more weight this is the earlier confirmation from Gregory Lee, the CEO of Samsung Asia that the Galaxy S II is coming to Singapore in April. We don’t have the exact dates at the moment but May is looking positively firm for the Galaxy S II to hit Malaysia.
In the meantime, if you want to get in on some dual-core Android action sooner, Celcom and LG will be showcasing the the LG Optimus 2X at the Sepang International Circuit in conjunction with the F1 weekend happening this April 8 – 10.
No word on whether there will be units for sale at the showcase or when the LG Optimus 2X will be coming to Malaysia but we would think our guess wont be far off if we say that the LG super phone will be launched close to when Samsung’s Galaxy S II launch.
Also, its really weird for LG to have a demo booth all the way in Sepang when they can very easily generate more interest and even pre-bookings if they erect a booth at Mid Valley or KLCC, but what do we know. What we also don’t know is whether you will need to purchase an F1 ticket if you want to catch the showcase. Let’s hope you don’t have to. The journey all the way there is daunting enough already.
In any case, for those of you who are holding out your smart phone purchase to wait and see what the dual-core Androids have to offer, it looks like May could be your month.
The LG Optimus 3D is looking like the hottest Android device to date with its claim as the world’s first dual-core phone with dual channel memory and ability to record 3D video.
Most people will know the advantages of having dual-core processor but what about the benefits of dual channel memory? LG explains it in layman terms with an example of a production factory.
Check out the video after the jump
LG has finally reveal its Optimus 3D at MWC boasting as the world’s first smart phone that comes with a stereoscopic screen, allowing you to view 3D without the need of glasses. Not only can you watch 3D content, the Optimus 3D also lets you capture 3D videos as well thanks to its dual camera set up at the rear.
In terms of hardware, the LG Optimus 3D offers a 1GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processor from Texas Instrumental, dual-channel memory for maximum throughput and dual memory set up (8GB + 4GB LP DDR2). The screen is 4.3″ wide and supports a resolution of 800×480. In terms of connectivity, it supports HSPA+, DLNA for wireless media streaming and HDMI 1.4. The 5MP camera is capable of shooting 1080p HD videos in 2D and a lower 720p HD videos in 3D format.
At the moment, it is launched with Android 2.2 Froyo pre-installed and 2.3 Gingerbread update is expected to come later on. Android Central, reporting live from Barcelona has posted a quick hands-on with the Optimus 3D and they seem to be pretty impressed by the 3D capabilities. Of course, it is hard to tell from the video and we can’t wait to try it out ourselves.
Check out more pics and hands-on video after the jump
The LG Optimus 3D is packed with tech, there’s a multi-channel dual-core processor and then there’s the glassless 3D display, not to mention the 3D imaging capability from the stereoscopic camera. But what is the purpose of all this tech?
Well, to allow you to better learn your Yoga poses of course.
That’s it the idea we got from this latest teaser/preview of the LG Optimus 3D that you can view right after the jump. The video also reveals a practical kick-stand that makes up part of the device’s back plate, which is always a welcomed feature when your friends are occupied while doing the downward-dog.
So if you were to get a 3D smart phone, what would you use it for?
So here it is, another teaser video from LG on the upcoming Optimus 3D — the world’s first Android-based 3D smart phone. In all honesty, there’s really nothing to see in the video, it’s just a floating animation of the device and some dramatic sentences with not much else it in. The most prominent feature in this latest teaser is the dual stereoscopic cameras at the back of the device.
But we’ll have to say that’s its much better than the first Optimus 3D teaser video LG put out last week.
In any case, it’s almost certain that the Optimus 3D will make its official debut at the Mobile World Congress happening next week. As always, you know where to find us if you want to get the latest. In the meantime, the teaser video awaits your viewing pleasure right after the jump.
Not content with bringing the first dual-core Android smart phone into the world, LG is set to deliver another world’s first with the announcement of the LG Optimus 3D.
Not much has been revealed but from what we know thus far, the LG Optimus 3D is looking to be the world’s most advanced smart phone featuring a one of a kind dual-core multichannel RAM processor along with a 3D display that does not require the use of glasses. In addition to that there’s also a built-in dual-lens 3D camera for your to capture 3D stills and very possibly 3D videos.
Here at SoyaCincau.com we’re not huge fans of 3D, preferring to relegate it to gimmickry rather than cutting edge tech. What has got us very excited about this latest LG is the multi-channel dual-core processor. Already the LG Optimus 2X with its dual-core processor is ridiculously fast compared to the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S, it’s going to be interesting to see how much more performance this multi-channel processor has to offer.
The Optimus 3D is expected to make an official appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, happening this February 14.
In the meantime, head on over to after the jump for a tease video of the LG Optimus 3D.
Dual-core is the talk of the mobile town in 2011 with Motorola gearing up to debut it Honeycomb running, dual-core totting tablet at CES. And then we have the LG Optimus 2X, a thoroughly fast Android phone featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 in its hardware arsenal. So its a pretty safe bet that most, if not all of the upcoming high-end devices coming in 2011 will be running dual-core processors.
Word has it that Samsung will also make a major showing at CES with unveiling of updated versions of two of its most successful devices, the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab. These updated versions are expected to run NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor with Honeycomb.
Considering the possibility of its competitors now running dual-core processors, can we expect Apple to feature similar hardware in its upcoming iPad 2 and the next iteration of the iPhone? Could be very likely.
In any case, we’ll be monitoring the developments at CES like a hawk, so keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com for the latest updates.