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LG Optimus Q2 is a 4-inch Android slider

The LG Optimus Q2 is a new Android phone with a 1.2GHz processor and a sliding keyboard. But will it make it to UK shops?

LG is smashing a bottle of champagne against the hull of another smart phone, welcoming the LG Optimus Q2 into its Android armada.

Packing a 4-inch display, the Optimus Q2 wants to be a slim slider phone. That's no mean feat -- we've found mobiles with sliding Qwerty keyboards such as the HTC Desire Z are much bulkier than their touchscreen-only cousins, and don't feel quite so luxurious.

The Optimus Q2 is 12.3mm thick, which is slimmer than the aforementioned Desire Z, which rolls 14.2mm deep. It's quite light too, at 147g (the iPhone 4 weighs 137g), so here's hoping the Q2 feels classy should we eventually get our meathooks on it.

LG reckons the Q2's screen should pump out serious brightness, and will clip along at a fair whack, thanks to a 1.2GHz processor. That should be more than fast enough to run its Android 2.3 operating system, and any games or apps you choose to download. A 5-megapixel camera is a little more run-of-the-mill, but fingers crossed it can muster up a decent snap.

How good the Optimus Q2 proves to be will depend on the slide-out keyboard. Those who prefer the feel of physical keys 'neath their thumbs will be drawn to the Qwerty pad, but otherwise this phone will likely offer little over smart phones such as the excellent Samsung Galaxy S2, or the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, which has an even faster processor.

The LG Optimus Q2 is coming out in South Korea next week, but there's no word on whether it's going to hit the UK. The previous LG Optimus Q didn't make it to our fair nation, but we'd like to see this phone in UK shops. We've asked LG about its plans for the Q2, and we'll let you know if they tell us anything new.

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Image credit: Electronista