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LG X3 is Quad Core Ice Cream Sandwich Smartphone

LG may unveil a new handset at Mobile World Congress, called the X3, which would replace the 12-month-old Optimus 2X as its flagship device.

According to Pocketnow, the smartphone will be called the X3 and will come with a quad core processor, namely the Tegra 3 CPU; the phone will apparently boast a 4.7-inch 1280x720 pixel touchscreen, an eight megapixel rear camera, a front facing 1.3-megapixel one, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, HSPA+ and a 2000mAh battery, the biggest on any smartphone.

The site reckons that the phone will have a sub-9mm profile and will go on sale in the United States in late spring or early summer. The photo published by Pocketnow shows a fairly large slab, with a chrome frame and three buttons on the front.

The only quad core device officially launched on the market is the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, although one can expect plenty of action at Mobile World Congress with HTC (and its Edge) and Samsung (with its Galaxy S3), upping the ante.

It will be interesting to see whether the increase in core count is accompanied by a jump in clock speed as well.