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LG Optimus Q2 Handset To Compete WIth Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

LG is going to add another Optimus handset to its current portfolio, the Q2, which includes a slide out physical keyboard, not unlike the HTC Desire Z.

The phone is an improved variant of the LG Optimus 2X; it comes with a 4-inch WVGA IPS-based LCD touchscreen with a 700-nit brightness, Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and the dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 3D which is clocked at 1.2GHz.

The rest of the specifications are pretty mundane; a five megapixel rear camera, a front-facing VGA camera, Wi-Fi direct, a microSD card reader, Bluetooth and onboard GPS.

The Korean company also claims that its phone - which will be launched in South Korea next weekend - will be 2.5mm thinner than the competition and 0.35 ounces lighter but didn't say which competitors it was referring to.

It is not known whether or when the phone will be available in Europe. At the moment, there are no new handsets with full QWERTY keyboards on offer from mainstream phone manufacturers - other than the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro.

The original Optimus Q has never been sold in the UK or Europe; the HTC Desire Z was the main option for those looking for a decent QWERTY Android handset.