LG Prada 3.0 smartphone down to £179

You can now buy the LG Prada Phone 3.0, possibly one of the most over hyped smartphones of the last couple of years, for as little as £179 (unlocked and unbranded) - a fraction of its suggested retail price of £430.

The handset, which was designed in collaboration with Italian fashion house Prada, comes with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, will have an upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich and is the cheapest device on the market with NFC capabilities.

Other features include a dual-core SoC clocked at 1GHz (a TI OMAP4430), with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of user memory, plus a microSd card slot for further expansion. It also has a 4in 800 x 480 display with NOVA Plus technology, an HDMI port, and there's an 8-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing one. Up to five hours of battery life is on hand too.

At only 8mm thick, it is thinner than your average mid-range phone and reminds us of the Motorola Razr smartphone.

The LG Prada 3.0 – which was released towards the end of 2011 - also joins the club of dual-core Android smartphones that sell for less than £200, although stocks, we’d suspect, are limited.

Source: Asda