Featured: LG X3 to Have Tegra 3 and Ultra-Fast Camera Shutter


Maybe HTC won't get the chance to be the first to market with a Tegra 3 device after all. LG might steal that quad core phone record once again this year, just like they did last year with Tegra 2. The LG X3 could be LG's comback into the market – if they do it right. The LG Optimus 2X was filled with bugs, and slow updates. They need to pick up their game this year if they want to compete with the big boys.

Here are the rumored specs for the LG X3:

  • 4.7" HD 720×1280 screen
  • Tegra 3 Quad core processor (1.5GHz on single core, 1.4GHz when on 2-4 cores) + SMP Core (core companion) for IDLE task operations which will save battery life
  • 2000mAh battery
  • 16GB internal memory + microSD slot
  • 8MP camera with ultra fast shutter
  • 1.3MP Front Facing camera
  • Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3
Everything looks as we would expect from an upcoming high-end phones. Latest chip tech – check. Big HD screen – check. Android 4.0 – check. Ultra fast shutter – check. Speaking of the last one, the Galaxy Nexus has a bit of a problem with its "zero lag shutter". It made great headlines, but in practice, either you make the auto-focus be "zero lag" too, or then you don't capture the picture until the auto-focus finishes.
Since Galaxy Nexus doesn't care about auto-focus, and it takes the picture as soon as you press the button, the pictures get a little blurry. Of course you can still wait for the auto-focus to happen. But personally, I'd prefer a very very fast shutter, that first waits for a very fast auto-focus, and then takes the picture. Upcoming processors for phones like the Tegra 3, dual core S4, and Cortex A15, should greatly improve the performance of the auto-focus engine.
I'm expecting the LG X3 to showcase this feature at MWC. As you can see from the benchmarks, the phone should be very fast (although probably not twice as fast in most situations).