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LG Optimus 2X To Land In UK In February For £500

The first dual core smartphone ever released, the LG Optimus 2X, will go on sale in the UK on the 21st of February according to online retailer Expansys.

The phone (opens in new tab), which was released at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, will cost £499.99 unlocked with free delivery which is marginally more expensive than single-core competitors.

The LG Optimus 2X was the launch partner of the Tegra 2 in the smartphone market, which is a dual core Cortex A9 SoC clocked at 1GHz.

It also features a 4-inch capacitive WVGA display, an 8-megapixel camera, LED flash with a webcam, full HD video capture, HDMI, DLNA support, Wi-Fi, 3G, a host of sensors and up to 40GB onboard memory.

The other announced dual core smartphone on the market, the Motorola Atrix, is set to land in the UK by the end of June 2011 as mentioned by the official press release.

This means that LG will have a full quarter to push its Optimus 2X handset before the competition swoops in. Don't be surprised if Samsung launches a dual core version of its Galaxy S but based the its own Hummingbird chipset.

Note that the LG Optimus 2X is powered by Froyo and should receive an upgrade to Gingerbread fairly soon given that the Samsung Nexus S, the first handset to receive it, has been out for a few weeks now.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.