The price of dual core handsets is dropping faster than we expected as the unlocked version of the LG Optimus 2X, the first dual core smartphone to be announced, can now be purchased from as little as £369.95 including delivery.
The phone was originally listed back in January for £469.99 on Play.com but BuyMobilePhones now sells the cheapest Optimus 2X in the UK, which is roughly what you would pay for the older Samsung Galaxy S smartphone at Expansys.
The phone was the first dual core handset to be unveiled and was the launch partner for the Nvidia Tegra 2 at CES earlier this year. It comes with the dual core Nvidia SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, an eight-megapixel camera, a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen that uses LG's own proprietary NOVA technology, Android OS 2.2, Wi-Fi, HDMI and more.
The Optimus 2X was the first of two dual core handsets that LG has in its portfolio, the second being the Optimus 3D which is a similar phone, albeit with a 3D screen and a different processor from Texas Instruments.
The fact that it comes with less onboard memory explains why it is cheaper than the rest of the competition; also note that the Optimus 2X doesn't come yet with Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is set to arrive on the platform later this year.