LG Optimus 2X slapped with £450 SIM-free price points in the UK

LG's dual-core Optimus 2X smart phone will soon be appearing in the pockets of Brits, with two retailers now offering SIM-free prices for the Android handset.

Single-core smart phones? So 2010. LG's Optimus 2X is an early arrival in the wave of handsets equipped with dual-core processors that's rushing our way in 2011. Now two UK retailers have updated their listings for the device with SIM-free pricing, with one of them saying the device will be in stock this month.

Carphone Warehouse has the Optimus 2X pegged at £455, although its website is still claiming that the phone is out of stock and only available on back order. Expansys is selling it for £450, meanwhile, with shipment expected within nine days.

The latter site also has the device available for free if you sign up for a £30.65 monthly tariff through Vodafone -- something we've known about since late January , when it was listed on the site as having a shipping date of 21 March.

Users on the Phandroid Forums spotted the changes, which still leave the Optimus 2X on course to be one of the first dual-core smart phones to actually go on sale.

The Optimus 2X uses Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor, which it claims will provide Web surfing and gaming with a turbo boost, among other uses for the device. It also packs a 4-inch screen with 480x800-pixel resolution, 8GB of storage, and a microSD memory card slot if you need more space for your stuff.

The phone is also capable of 1080p HD playback when hooked up to a big-screen TV, and there's an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-cam for photography. The downside: judging by Carphone Warehouse's site, the handset will ship with Android 2.2 Froyo, with no news on when it might be updated to 2.3 Gingerbread .

When we reviewed the Optimus 2X , we were impressed by its blazing fast performance in benchmarking tests, but not so keen on its bloatware apps and flaky widgets. 

 

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