LG Optimus 2X set for January 2011

We mentioned its official launch just last week, but now it looks like the LG Optimus 2X will be with us in no time, as soon as January 2011 it seems.

If you missed it, the Optimus 2X packs a smartphone first of a 1GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, an eight-megapixel camera that records true HD at 1080p with MPEG4 and H.264 playback, HDMI output, a 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling, 4-inch WVGA display, 8GB of storage, which is expandable to 32GB via the use of a microSD card and the rather disappointing presence of Android 2.2. We would have hoped for Android 2.3, but it's likely to be on the receiving end of an upgrade sooner rather than later.

Interestingly, there's another tasty addition to the smartphone, which is likely to pull in trade from musos and cult movie lovers - exclusive Ennio Morricone ringtones. Yes, that Ennio Morricone, he of the Clint eastwood-led spaghetti westerns, amongst other things.

According to TechRadar, the audio on board the Optimus 2X will feature newly composed pieces, plus a selection from his movie themes, including The Mission and Cinema Paradiso. No mention of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but we can hope. Commenting on the exclusive, the company said: 'LG smartphone users will be able to enjoy a total of 25 of Morricone's creations...15 ringtones composed specifically for LG and 10 of his best-known tunes from the world of cinema.' There will also be a 'selection' of apps with Morricone-related content – including images and video clips available free from the LG store.

So what about that release date? Well, commenting on the new content, LG added that: '...the exclusive music will be preloaded on LG smartphones starting with the LG Optimus 2X set to debut next month in Europe.' So January 2011. Better save some of that Christmas money.

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