40% Zippier than a Nexus One
The first dual-core superphones will be something of a revelation in experience. We're leaping to a world of smartphones that are wildly more capable than anything we've experienced yet before. Just what are we in for? Earlier today, a new member to the Android Community forums posted saying he had two LG Stars. Several pictures, one with benchmarking scores, were posted to back up the assertion. First off, it is worth noting that the Star prototype appears to be running a modded UI over Android at the moment. It is likely to launch with Android 2.2 or 2.3 stock, if the "Google" logo on the back is anything to go by.
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Forum-goers immediately blasted the poster with questions. From which we learned that the 4" screen has a 480x800 display and no kickstand on the back. When asked to give a brief review the poster stated, "Phone feels solid and it is fast for a prototype." The Star may have an AMOLED display, the leaker didn't know but it seems possible from the pictures. Otherwise, the old specs of a Tegra 2 processor, 8 MP camera and front-facing camera hold true. HDMI-out was also spotted. Since the Star is believed to be capable of playing 1080p, this is extremely cool news.
Most leaked phones come with a few brief sentences and some blurry screenshots. If we're lucky, an in-use video. This guy was good enough to actually run his new Star through a benchmarking program. Electronista reports that this Quadrant benchmark score showed the Star as roughly 40% faster than the previous fastest device. And that was a prototype model of the star. The version that launches will likely be optimized for more speed, meaning it could be more than 50% faster than the old best- a Nexus One running Android 2.2. Since the Star will launch almost exactly a year after the Nexus One, it acts as a good 'gauge' for how much power handsets have gained in the last twelve months. We've gone from 1 Ghz processors being rare, to the "standard" for a nice phone. Now dual-core SOCs begin their inevitable march towards ubiquity.
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The Star's performance score will likely end up being similar to whatever the Motorola Olympus eventually clocks. That device has a 4.1" display, the same processor and the same camera. A recent AT&T bungle revealed that the other dual-core superphone could launch as early as December. Odds are, we won't see the Star on sale until early next year. Probably sometime January during the CES show.