) -- Here come the dual cores in mobile.


announced a


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Android Optimus 2X super phone Thursday that it calls the first dual core processor phone in the world.

The 4-inch touchscreen phone will be powered by


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Tegra dual core processor, a major achievement in what has been a

difficult path in mobile devices

for the PC graphics chip specialist.

Sales of the Optimus 2X are expected to start in Korea next month. LG said it will expand into Europe and Asia with the phone soon after. There was no mention of the

U.S. market in the press release


Nvidia is also expected to feature the Tegra processor in the upcoming



Olympus and Etna

phones due out in the U.S. early next year.


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is also expected to unveil devices next month at the Consumer Electronic Show that use its new dual core Snapdragon processors.


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is expected to get into the dual core game in late 2011 or early 2012.

Dual core processing promises to deliver faster application speeds as well as enable high definition video on phones. Some analysts, however, have questioned how effective phone makers will be in convincing consumers that they need the extra processing power.

Shares of Nvidia were up 23 cents, or 2%, to $14.50 in pre-market trading Thursday.

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