Although it’s currently not one of the key players in the high-end smartphone market niche, LG is surely making efforts to challenge the likes of Apple, Samsung, or HTC. We reported recently on the launch of the Optimus LTE2, the world’s first ever phone to come with 2 GB of RAM, while just a couple of days ago the LS970 “Eclipse” was leaked and left us speechless with a truly impressive spec sheet.

However, that’s not all for LG, as the Optimus 4X HD might be a worthy competitor for the Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X starting… in just a couple of weeks. That’s right, folks, the quad-core beast unveiled back at the MWC, finally has a release date attached to its name and it’s just around the corner.

The Optimus 4X HD will be released in “key Western European markets” in June, starting with Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, Italy, and Poland. Even though we don’t have an exact date when European tech enthusiasts should take stores by storm looking for LG’s new flagship phone, it’s safe to assume that the release will happen before June 15.

The rest of Europe should have the Optimus 4X HD up for sale by the end of June, while countries in Asia and South and Central America are in line for a launch “in the coming months”. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what that means and whether we should look for the phone in the US in July or in September, but we should hear more on the matter soon enough, so keep in touch!

As far as what the device brings to the table, the LG Optimus 4X HD will sport a 4.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and will feature a quad-core 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, as well as 8 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board memory, a 2140 mAh battery, a microSD card slot, and Android 4.0 ICS out of the box.

We caught a glimpse of the white version of the handheld a few weeks back, but the phone will probably be released in black first. Both models look stylish and very fashionable and we can actually see the Optimus 4X HD challenge the HTC One X and the Galaxy S3, at least as far as design is concerned.

Unfortunately, we don’t know how will the Optimus 4X HD be priced, which will probably be the detail that will make or break the device. What do you think? How much would be too much to ask for LG’s new phone? How does the device look, in your opinion? Does it stand a chance to get anywhere near to One X and Galaxy S3’s popularity?