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Ahead of Galaxy S4 launch, quad-core smartphones reach entry-level with £14 contracts

The arrival of a brand new flagship handset (in this case, the LG Optimus G Pro) always gives rise to some big discounts and it is not surprising to find the LG Optimus 4X HD for £14 per month from BuyMobilePhones on a two year contract with O2.

The total cost of ownership of the device is £336; in comparison, the SIM free cost of the phone is £250. This means that rather than buying the phone outright, you may just as well pay a monthly fee and get a SIM with some goodies for £86 extra (that’s less than £4 per month). The plan is good enough for very light users.

You get 50 minutes, unlimited texts, 100MB data allowance, tethering, O2 Priority Moments plus unlimited UK Wi-Fi via O2 and BT Openzone.

As for the phone itself, it is still a very decent one. You get a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3, a 4.7in HD-IPS LCD display with a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, NFC, Android 4.0 ICS, an 8-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot.

The LG Optimus 4X HD was unveiled back in February 2012 before MWC but it only went on sale in the UK nearly six months later, well after the Samsung Galaxy S3 debuted.

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