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LG's Optimus 4X HD smartphone now available in Europe

The LG Optimus 4X HD, the company's first quad-core smartphone, is now available in Europe, LG has said.

Since having unveiled the device at the Mobile World Congress in February, the South Korean manufacturer has begun its European rollout, hitting Germany first, and with the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden and Italy set to be next. Other global markets will get the device in the coming weeks and months, according to the company.

The phone boasts a 4.7in HD display, with a screen resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels and a 313ppi pixel density. It features an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Optimus 4X HD, which runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, uses a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 CPU. The quad-core processor also has a low-powered fifth core for lightweight tasks to extend the life of its 2,150mAh battery. A forthcoming software upgrade will include Eco-Mode, an application that will allow users to disable some cores to further lengthen the device's battery life.

Based on these specs, it's likely LG is counting on the Optimus 4X HD to compete with top-tier smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Apple's iPhone. LG has yet to reveal UK pricing for the handset, but it is retailing for €505 (£408) in Germany.