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T-Mobile is launching its first dual-core smartphone in the G2X, a 4G-capable Android 2.2 handset. I took an early video look at the graphical prowess of this LG-build phone back in January, and you can see the benefits such a chip brings to the smartphone.

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T-Mobile tipped off Twitter last week that the G2X was coming and Friday, the operator’s website confirms it. Web orders begin Friday at $199 for the Android 2.2 handset. Built by LG and powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz chip, the G2X is T-Mobile’s first dual-core smartphone. The handset arrives in stores on April 20 and benefits from T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network for fast mobile broadband connectivity.

In some sense, I saw this handset in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, where I captured this video of the graphical prowess of the phone. The actual smartphone in the video is the LG Optimus 2X, which was a demo unit with some software optimizations yet to be made. As is often the case with carriers, T-Mobile has branded LG’s Optimus 2X as its own, and outside of some carrier-specific software, its the same device.

Aside from the fast CPU and graphics chip — which provides near-flawless, high-definition video playback — the G2X appeals with its overall feature set:

  • 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution
  • 8 GB of internal storage with support for up to 32 GB of microSD expansion
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, 1080p video recording; 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with support for wireless stereo music playback
  • DLNA support and HDMI out for video sharing on digital televisions
  • 4.88″ x 2.48″ x 0.43″; weight of 5 ounces
After my January play time with the device, I was impressed enough to say it could replace my existing Android phone. I’m still rocking an “old school” Nexus One. The overall performance of the LG was noticeably better, especially in the graphics department. I may mosey on down to a T-Mobile store next week to see if I still feel the same way. Considering 2011 is shaping up to be the year of dual-core smartphones, the G2X faces plenty of competition!

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