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Deal: £290 LG Optimus G E975 4G smartphone

Popular eBay retailer e_cell sells the LG Optimus G E975 smartphone for £290, a new, SIM-free model that includes free delivery and 290 Nectar points. It is essentially the same smartphone as the Google Nexus 4, with a trio of important improvements.

Firstly, this is a 4G smartphone rather than 3G+. Secondly, it comes with 32GB onboard storage rather than 16GB only which is a boon given that it doesn't have a microSD card slot. Finally, it has a 13-megapixel which has a much higher pixel count compared to the shooter on the Nexus 4.

Other notable features include NFC, a quad-core system-on-chip similar to the one in the Sony Xperia Z (the Qualcomm APQ8064), 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 4.7in display with a 1,280 x 768 pixel (like the Nokia Lumia 920), Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 2,100mAh battery.

In a nutshell, it is slightly more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and almost within striking distance of the new generation of smartphones. The only thing that prevents us from a full-blown advice to buy is the fact that Google will launch the follow-up to the Nexus 4 soon.

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