LG Electronics (LG) has released its LG Optimus 2X, the world's first smartphone with a dual-core processor.

The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course, LG said in a statement.

The smartphone features Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor that runs at a speed of 1 GHz and and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio.

Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology, said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to full HD quality.

The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience taking full advantage of the phone's HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor.

The smartphone also includes rear- and front-facing cameras, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a 1500mAh battery.

The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea next month with countries in Europe and Asia to follow.

Key specifications:

* 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)

* 4-inch WVGA screen

* 8GB internal memory (up to 32GB via microSD)

* 1,500 mAh battery

* 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera

* HDMI mirroring

* 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording