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LG Optimus 2X: First impressions and hands-on pictures

We got to have a bit of a play around with the Optimus 2X last night at LG’s event in London and were able to steal a few snaps of it in action. We’ve seen and heard a lot about the 2X already this year, so there’s not really anything new to add.

This model here however, is the full, finished version, i.e. the same as the ones you’ll see in the shops. So we thought we’d put up these photos of the 2X doing its HDMI-out thing, add our first impressions/thoughts of it before we solider on with our full review.

Quick recap on the LG Optimus 2X and why it’s worth checking out. It’s the first smartphone to come with a dual-core processor – Nvidia’s Tegra 2 – and offers 1080p Full HD video recording and playback.

The HDMI connection at the top means that you can watch your HD video clips on an HD Ready TV, as well as surf the web, play Angry Birds and watch YouTube on the big screen, via your phone.

The LG Optimus 2X runs on Android 2.2 Froyo at the moment, but we’re told that an upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread is due to roll out in the summer.

This means that won’t be able to use the improved cut and paste and download management until the update. But you’ll still be able to do download and play the majority of apps and games and do useful things like Wi-Fi/USB tethering.

The LG Optimus 2X has a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen and measures 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm. It feels pretty weighty in a good, reassuringly solid way, not a cumbersome awkward way. Note the lens of the 1.3-megapixel front facing camera on the top right.

There’s two external speakers at the bottom as well as a micro USB connection. The four menu keys are backlit softkeys that fade to black when the screen is in active.

The 3.5mm headphone jack on the top next to the HDMI port and the on-off switch.

LG Optimus 2X’s 8-megapixel camera with LED flash on the back.

The LG Optimus 2X has a huge range of camera options, way beyond those that with the standard Android camera app.

When you’ve hooked your Optimus 2X up to an HD Ready TV, even standard quality YouTube videos like this one look good.

As well as YouTube, Google Maps looks great on a big screen. It’s sometimes a bit awkward having to look at two screens if you’re doing something like checking Maps or playing a game; it’s often easier to just look at the phone’s screen. Great for showing off to your mates though.

A photo of us being silly and creating an optical feedback effect. The 2X’s camera works when the phone is plugged in via HDMI allowing you to mess around like so.

Volume rocker on the right hand side of the Optimus 2X.

The Optimus 2X’s smooth metal edges give the phone a robust, quality feeling.

Bad news for DRM haters out there (i.e pretty much everyone apart from copyright holders); any videos that you install on your 2X that come with any kind of DRM or copy protection won’t be playable on the 2X via HDMI. Stay tuned for the full review coming soon.

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