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, 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.