The first smartphone to be powered by a dual-core processor, the LG Optimus 2X, is getting ready to make its way to Europe. It’s already been on pre-order in the UK for a few days, and now Denmark follows suit.
The LG Optimus 2X is available to pre-order from online retailer Ellos. They expect to ship the devices on February 25. The price for a contract-free Optimus 2X is 3,599 Danish kroner. At this moment, that (according to Google) equates to approximately EUR 483, and $653, respectively.
The price is quite far off from previously predicted EUR 555, and consider that, this being Europe, it includes VAT too (which is 25% in Denmark). Sans VAT, the ‘recommended price before taxes and subsidies’, that standard price that manufacturers usually announce with their devices, would be just around EUR 385 for the LG Optimus 2X. Now consider that this ‘recommended price before taxes and subsidies’ for the Nokia N8 is EUR 370. And no matter which way you look at it, the Optimus 2X is rather cheap, considering all the oomph it packs under the hood. The only letdown in its case is probably the version of Android it ships with – 2.2 Froyo. Sure, LG has promised upgrades, but increasingly, in the world of Android-powered smartphones, you have to take such promises with a grain of salt.
Other than that, the first Tegra 2 dual-core handset will soon hit European shores, and it looks like it will be as affordable as a high-end device can be in this day and age.
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