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£280 LG Optimus 4X HD: Better than the Google Nexus 4?

The LG Optimus 4X HD, otherwise known as the P880, is on the verge of being replaced by a new generation of top-of-the-range smartphone from the Korean manufacturer.

The latter has had a fairly good strike with the LG Nexus 4, which was produced in partnership with Google, because it combined exceptional hardware with a very affordable price tag.

But the LG Optimus 4X HD is still a very capable handset and the fact that it is now available for under £280 (via e_cell on eBay, with free delivery and 280 Nectar Points) means that it is actually cheaper than the 16GB LG Nexus 4 although there are some significant differences.

You get an quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM (rather than 2GB), a microSD card slot, a 4.7in TrueHD-IPS LCD screen with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, a 2,150mAh battery, full HD video recording, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera and an estimated battery life of 580 minutes.

The LG Optimus 4X is significantly cheaper than either of its competitors, the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3, both of which retail for around £350. Check out our review of the LG Optimus 4X HD here.