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LG iPhone 5 Rival, the Optimus 2X, Now Available From £390

The LG Optimus 2X, which was the launch partner of the dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas, can now be had for only £390 (via Simplyelectronics), making it the cheapest dual core smartphone on the market.

Not only is it cheaper than the competition, though most other vendors sell it for £410 or more, it is also significantly more affordable than the iPhone 4. The handset comes with a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen (like the Samsung Galaxy S), an eight megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front facing one, an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM and 8GB onboard storage.

As expected, there's a 1500mAh battery, a microSD card slot, HDMI out, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 1080p recording with playback, but it still doesn't have Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an update which is rumoured to be coming later this year. The phone originally went on sale for £500 at a number of resellers but has quickly dropped in price over the last few weeks.

The phone can also be purchased on an 18-month contract costing just over £500 (on T-Mobile) which provides the user with 600 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited internet.

Other (more expensive) dual core rivals to the Optimus 2X include the Optimus 3D, the Galaxy S2, the HTC Sensation and the Motorola Atrix; Sony Ericsson and Nokia have yet to release dual core handsets.