LG has beaten Motorola to the coveted punch by making its dual-core smartphone the LG Optimus 2X available to consumers in its native South Korea as the company teases a white edition of the handset.
Unveiled at CES 2011 the LG Optimus 2X was originally tipped for a February 21st UK arrival before being pushed back to March 18th for unknown reasons. Pegged with a £500 SIM-free price tag, Vodafone has announced it will offer the Optimus 2X free of charge on a £30.65 per month contract with unlimited texts, 300 minutes and 500MB of inclusive data.
Landing with Google’s Android 2.2 mobile OS, FroYo, pre-installed with a 2.3, Gingerbread, update already announced, the LG Optimus 2X secures its world’s first moniker thanks to its Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor wrapped around a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, 8GB of inbuilt storage and full HD 1080p video recording and playback capabilities.
Having pipped Motorola to the accolade of launching the first dual-core handset, LG now looks set to step on Apple’s toes as it unveils a white version of the 2X handset. Whist it is unknown whether the lighter hued 2X will touch down in the UK following its expected February Korean launch, its potential UK arrival would showup Apple which has been plagued by issues for its white iPhone 4 originally scheduled to launch alongside its black counterpart back in June.