Dual Core Android Phones in 2011

by: Darcy LaCouveeFebruary 2, 2011

[UPDATE May 5, 2011] Check out our latest amazing spreadsheet that has every single Android Superphone compared!

Here at CES, things are crazy! 2011 is shaping up to be an amazing year for Android Phone enthusiasts all around the world. 4 inch plus screens are going to dominate the market as more and more people will make it their mainstay device. With the Optimus 2X, LG launched the first salvo in the dual-core battle and having a dual-core processor will soon be the standard for high-end mobile devices. We should see a surplus of devices in 2011 which have multi-core processors and this can only be a great thing for consumers.

Having a dual-core processor in your mobile phone will provide extremely high performance with good battery life. Some of the early Android benchmark tests of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor completely blow away the current generation of performance. This will translate into faster app switching, a more seamless and beautiful experience, even more powerful features with the ‘snap’ we all crave, and an overall smoothness at all times. 2011 devices will be a significant leap ahead of any of the current phones on the market today.

The popular Tegra 2 chip will power a ton of high-profile devices undoubtedly. It, however, is not the only contender, as Samsung has a dual-core Orion chip which will likely find its way into the next generation of Galaxy S smartphones. Further to this, TI will be wooing handset makers with its dual-core products. This party isn’t just VIP only either; Broadcom has also introduced a dual-core chip designed to give high-end features to mid-range devices too.

Dual Core Android Phones to Expect in 2011

Motorola Droid Bionic 4G:

This particular Android phone features a color popping 4.3-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and dual-core 1 GHz processor, with HDMI output. Motorola DROID BIONIC will be one of the first Android handsets to rock Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Its screen is going to be on par with the IPhone4 (540 x 960) display and its dual-core processor while party with 512MB of DDR2 RAM. HD video capabilities and a front-facing camera will make video calling a smooth experience. All the latest goodies packed into it, it will have Adobe Flash and HTML 5 support, as well as HDMI output to provide your large screen TV your mobile goodness in a flash.

Motorola Atrix: “The World’s Most Powerful Smartphone”

In a word – ridiculous! Check out our review of the Motorola Atrix here.

Motorola ATRIX 4G is no other but the long-rumored Motorola Olympus – a Tegra 2-powered dual-core Android beast, which has been dubbed by Moto as “the world’s most powerful smartphone” (Oh marketers) This gargantuan phone will feature a giant 4 inch HD screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, as well as the whooping 1GB of RAM and a substantial 1930mAh battery to keep the whole thing humming along.

The Motorola ATRIX also has a 3.5mm audio socket, support for 802.11b, g and n WiFi and comes with a comprehensive multimedia player capable of video playback resolutions up to 1080p including DivX and XviD support.

And, for those of you wondering how it stacks up to the almighty iPhone – view our speed test and comparison of the iPhone 4 Vs. the Motorola Atrix here.

LG Optimus 2X:

This particular beast features virtually identical specs to the Motorola Atrix, but with a different design. This is LG’s new flagship Android smartphone. Holding the device in your hand, it feels rock solid and super high quality. It’s excellence is apparent in both the specs and the design.

The display is simply amazing. It features LG’s new “NOVA” display, which LG claims is the worlds brightest.

The processor is Nvidia’s Tegra 2 (AP20H) processor. It’s a 1 GHz dual-core number, plus a GPU (which is technically eight-core.) Sure enough, using the phone, everything is quick and smooth. The interesting thing about a dual-core Android phone is that it can use one core for the main app, and let background processes use the second core. This will mean less slowdown due to things running in the background.

The design is gorgeous, and the build quality feels sublime. It’s bigger than an iPhone, but that’s all in the height. Being tall doesn’t affect hand fit. The width and thickness (it’s quite thin) fit great in the hand, and the tapered sides make it feel worlds more comfortable than the iPhone.

The Optimus 2X has a size-to-weight ratio that’s quite dense. That gives it a high-quality feel off the bat. It feels like one quality piece of technology. The glass (or glass-like) front and soft-touch metal back feel great, and the build quality are top-notch.

Samsung Galaxy S II

This is currently the world’s fastest, most powerful, and thinnest phone. Samsung’s market share increased in a big way in 2010, with tons of great phones. They also went ahead and announced their next-generation dual-core CPU for smartphones. Named the Orion and using dual core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores paired with an enhanced GPU that offers 5x 3D graphics performance over the previous generation Hummingbird, this particular phone is set to be a serious contender in 2011. Previous to this, Samsung has been using a PowerVR SGX GPU from Imagination Technologies, so it’s likely we will see the next-gen version being used with the Orion processor. Plus, it’s packing the most beautiful display on the market, a super AMOLED 4.27 inch display, which, we can assure you, is the best display on any mobile device to date.

It features a 1.2GHz processor, 4G (on AT&T’s HSPA+ network), and an 8 megapixel back-side camera. A 1.3 megapixel webcam points the other direction. Capable of 1080p video at 30fps, it’s a force to be reckoned with.


This phone is insane, and has specs and benchmarks comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Check out our comparison of these two extreme superphones here: HTC EVO 3D Vs. Samsung Galaxy S II – it’s a close call.

It features a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and is a mobile powerhouse. Packed with 2 cameras, it’s capable of doing either 720p 3D video, or 1080p “2D” video. It’s not just the Scorpion’s processor which is impressive; it’s also expected to go to market with Android 2.3 pre-installed. It had previously been said the phone would launch with Android 2.2 but it seems unlikely HTC would release such a powerful phone on an older operating system.

The phone is likely to rival the recently announced LG Optimus 2X in a big way, so we will compare them as soon as we can get the two to play nice together.

LG’s Optimus 2X should just be the tip of the spear, as we’re expecting dual-core Android smartphones – no scratch that – Superphones – from Samsung, Motorola, HTC and LG. It’s shaping up to be quite the year. Save your pennies friends, you will not be able to resist the onslaught of phones more powerful than your Moms’ computer!

Dual core processors will make a huge difference and this is one of the biggest developments in mobile tech to date. It will make the phone more efficient, provide longer battery life, offer a more fluid experience, and allow the user to go crazy overclocking to their hearts content if they so desire.

Stay tuned for the latest in great Android News!

A lot has changed in the last several months, so be sure to check out our latest and greatestcomparison of the best Android Superphones of 2011 here, and if your interested, we’ve also compiled a great infographic of all the best Android tablets of 2011 too! Also, for you QWERTY Android lovers, check out the upcoming dual c ore Motorola Droid 3 here!

[Updated May 5, 2011]

  • Steve

    My two biggest questions about these upcoming android phones are, will they all have the latest version of Android, and will they be able to undergo software updates when a new version of Android comes out?

    • RR

      Surely that depends on the manufacturer.

  • Red

    As a first time moto consumer I can tell you that Motorola will never upgrade to the latest android version. They will just release a new model. Milestone > milestone xt > milestone 2 . Disgusting especially when they advertise that it will be upgradable in the future.

    Xt720 ex user.

    • Darcy Alexander

      Red, we hear you big time. However, based on our research, the onus really is on the Carriers, and not the Manufacturers. We absolutely understand your frustrations. We think Motorola will be singing a different song this year, as it seems like their latest devices are going to be easier to mod, root, and upgrade. We will have to wait and see.

    • Cobaltlantern

      I would argue the opposite for Motorola. I am using the Motorola Droid, and have been through at least two software updates already, and I’ve had it less than a year. Darcy is correct that it is caused by the carrier, not the manufacturer. Motorola wants you to use their hardware to the fullest, and the carrier’s delay things so they can charge you for extra features.

      Additionally there is a lag in that they don’t want to upgrade to a release of android that isn’t stable, as it reflects poorly on them if users encounter bugs.

      • Hunter

        Samsung on the other hand never updates anything. I will never again buy another Samsung device. The Vibrant was my first and last. Awesome hardware and garbage software.

        • pjamies

          Guys, get a Nexus S phone if you want to get all updates without carriers interfering with your OS…
          The Nexus S and Nexus S 4G are true Android phones without the carrier bloated extras.
          Since the carriers don’t have anything to include on these phones they pass the updates straight on to the user.
          I just got the 2.3.4 upgrade on this phone …
          Yes, some people like the different extras that Samsung/HTC/Motorola and other hardware makers include with their phones, but most of the bloat-ware is available for download from Android MarketPlace.
          Look at LauchPad Pro … etc .. for modifying your Android experience ..
          Updates don’t have to be a hope and a prayer any longer !!

  • smccaffr39

    any better ideas on when in 2011 we can expect these things to roll out? i’m in the market for a phone now, but want to wait until the galaxy s II comes out.

    • pjamies

      Dido on that !!
      I found this phone this weekend .. it is unloaded and will run on almost every network ..
      But is it $700.00 !!! Ouch ..
      I am hoping that a carrier picks it up, so I might get a better deal, as $700.00 is a little much for my taste …
      But YES, this phone Rocks .. and could see myself holding on to it for 2~3yrs, with specs like that …

  • HTC sensation is a great dual core Android phone! Guys buy it and enjoy great multimedia and internet experience!

  • Ayan

    Nothing in the market can still match the Galaxy SII…let us wait for the Evo. HTC is banking a lot on the Evo as Samsung has literally run away with its Galaxy series so far.

  • Mr. X

    No phone is still powerful enough to do multi tasking like computer. That you are watching videos and at same time sending Messages. In one screen many tasks are performing on same time

    • Anonymous

      but its really not practical to carry a computer around to make calls and browse internet. Have you heard of a computer with gps?

      • VeryBigCorp

        Actually you can get GPS peripherals for computers but it’s not very feasible.

  • apple suxx

    what about the motorola electrify

  • Aanya

    I am sure, the main focus of cellphone buyers will be on processors this year. A new breed of mobile phone processors has already hit the market, i.e. dual-core and there’s a lot more to come in next quarter. Read this – http://india-mobilewatch.blogspot.com/2012/01/mobile-phone-processors.html