Tegra 2 Powered LG Smartphone with 1080p Video Recording in 2011

Everyone else building Android powered smartphones can step aside for the moment—LG is releasing a smartphone with a NIVIDA Tegra 2 processor/graphics chipset that can record 1080p HD video. This superphone will not see the light of day until early 2011 but its specs are certainly breathtaking. Engadget’s sources say that the codename for this monster phone will be ‘Star’ but the release name will obviously be something different.

The LG Star will also feature a front facing camera for video calling. That is in addition to the amazing 8 megapixel camera on the back (you know, the one that does that 1080p HD video recording). Interestingly enough, the Tegra 2 processor combo from NIVIDA supports 1080p video playback so this smartphone will probably have the ability to do so provided LG doesn’t take it out for power consumption reasons or something equally joy-killing. As for the screen size, think 4” at a yet unknown resolution.

LG’s smartphone also has microSD card support (take that WP7) and uses microUSB. As you can see in the picture, there is a huge Google logo on the back. What exactly does that mean? Engadget says this smartphone will run a “nearly untouched” version of Android. I’m guessing that this will come with either Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread or possibly even 3.0 ‘Honeycomb. Gingerbread is coming out before the end of the year and Honeycomb is slated for early 2011, the same time when this thing should hit the market.

I really like how the LG Star is looking. Hopefully the rest of the manufacturers will catch up pretty quickly. Motorola supposedly has a Tegra 2 powered smartphone in the works as well. Apple of course likes to modify chips and build them itself but it’ll surprise me if at least one iOS device next year doesn’t have two processor cores inside.

So there you have it. Dual-core processors and 1080p video recording are in for smartphones next year. I sure am excited. Let me know what you think of this new phone from LG in the comments.

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