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LG's Quad-Core Optimus Phone Heading to Europe But Not the U.S.

A model shows off LG's Optimus 4X HD smartphone. Photo: LG Electronics

LG?s first quad-core smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD, is launching in Europe next month, taking on other four-core flagships such as the HTC One X and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III. Just one caveat: The top-of-the-line Optimus 4X HD might not make its way to the U.S.�

At this point, no quad-core smartphones have come to North America, though Samsung?s Galaxy S III has been announced with a four-core CPU, and a stateside launch of sometime later this summer.

The North American version of the HTC One X�packs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor rather than the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip in the international version. We tested both versions, and didn?t notice any performance dips in the dual-core model.

On Tuesday, LG said the Optimus 4X, which uses the same 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor as the European One X, will arrive in Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Sweden in June. The South Korean electronics company hasn?t made any U.S. announcements for the Optimus 4X, and LG currently has ?no plans beyond what has already been announced for Optimus 4X HD at this time,? company spokesman Robbert Abott told Wired in an email.

The prospect that the Optimus 4X won?t make it?s way to the U.S. is a shame. On paper, it looks like a hell of a phone, featuring a 4.7-inch IPS display, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and Google?s Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system.

Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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