Update: Our full review is now live!

It's been 22 days since we saw the Tegra 2 packing LG Optimus 2X at CES, and just moments ago the device arrived at our doorsteps ready for a thorough reviewing. It's out of the box and charging now, ready to enter our battery life tests, but before that we managed to grab a bunch of photos and a few quick benchmarks. 

First off, our model is European-spec and likewise came with a Type-C power adapter. Luckily we've got tons of microUSB chargers laying around. Our unit's packaging is definitely not final, as it came in just a black box with the accessories, but that's hardly an issue, what we're interested in is some Tegra 2 performance. Physical feel and appearance is almost exactly how we left it at CES.

Some quick benchmarks show Tegra 2 performance definitely leading in the browser area. Note that the Optimus 2X is shipping with Android 2.2.1. Gingerbread (2.3) was launched on Samsung's Hummingbird so it'll take a little while to port it over to NVIDIA's hardware. Honeycomb (3.0), on the other hand, will launch on Tegra 2 hardware once more.

SunSpider Javascript Benchmark 0.9

Rightware BrowserMark

Note that most of the performance advantage NVIDIA currently holds in these tests is between 12 - 25%. This implies that Qualcomm's 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon due out later this year could be performance competitive with NVIDIA's dual-core Cortex A9 Tegra 2. We still have a lot more benchmarking to do in order to properly characterize and understand NVIDIA's Tegra 2 performance in a smartphone however. 

Linpack performance is a bit behind the latest from Qualcomm, but that's more telling of FPU performance and cache bandwidth than most real world smartphone apps:

Linpack Quadrant CPU Benchmark

We've got a lot more to run on the LG Optimus 2X, but so far it looks impressively speedy, just as expected.

Update: We've taken our usual video samples from the Optimus 2X, and uploaded them to YouTube and our own servers in a big (147 MB) zip. Full analysis will come with our larger review. 

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  • jeffbui - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    Those synthetic benchmarks are entertaining if only for nostalgia's sake. Compare some of those numbers to your first computer. Reply
  • jeffbui - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    Here's a link:

    http://www.roylongbottom.org.uk/linpack%20results....
    Reply
  • Ushio01 - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    Oh god I was using a pentium mmx 233 till 2004 and now it's surpassed by a phone chip. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    I didn't realize any of these benchmarks had been ported to Motorola 6809 architecture. :) Reply
  • The Hardcard - Friday, January 28, 2011 - link

    Hey, you had a Coco too! I still have a Coco 3 in a box. Maybe I'll dig it out and run Linpack on it. How far behind a free feature phone do you think it is? Reply
  • Zokudu - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    Why does the system information list 1 core? I thought the big thing about Tegra 2 was that it was a dual core in addition to improved graphics capability. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    I'm glad someone else saw that too ;)

    Quadrant only shows one core for some reason, but Tegra 2 is indeed dual core in this phone. Just one of the many things we're going to find out going forward is what's multithreaded and what isn't.

    -Brian
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  • pookguy88 - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    what carrier/frequencies does it have? I want it for T-Mobile!! Reply
  • BryanC - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    Your linpack binary doesn't appear to be parallelized - I'd expect linpack to scale well with the number of cores.
    Is your linpack written in Java? How about the version you run on the iPhone?
    Reply
  • Brian Klug - Thursday, January 27, 2011 - link

    We're using Linpack for Android: greenecomputing.com/apps/linpack/

    It's currently likely single threaded, but we're undergoing a learning process about what is and isn't mulithreaded in Android through Dalvik. We don't have a version of Linpack on the iPhone ;)

    -Brian
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