Nov 28 AT 1:34 PM Edgar Cervantes 54 Comments

AT&T officially announces LG Nitro; packs a True HD display and LTE

LG Girl Nitro

Not much has been known about the LG Nitro, but it happens to be the US version of the LG Optimus LTE, which was announced in Korea last October. We first thought it would probably hit Verizon as the LG Revolution 2, but someone beat them to the punch. AT&T’s LTE network wasn’t (and isn’t, really) that popular, but this carrier managed to get their hands on this device. Today, AT&T has finally announced the LG Nitro and the phone is not looking bad. It would be a great option for AT&T customers.

Two of its main features include LTE connectivity and its stunning display. The Nitro happens to have a similar display as the iPhone’s, which they call Retina Display. The iPhone’s screen is something Apple has always been proud of. This Advanced High-Performance IPS display is actually better, though. It happens to be bigger (4.5-inches) and the resolution is much better (1280×720, 329ppi). Let’s take a deeper look at the specs:

LG Nitro Specifications include:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4.5-inch “True HD IPS” display
  • TI OMAP 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 20 GB of storage capacity – 4 GB of on board memory / 16 GB micro SD card
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • LTE connectivity / backed up by HSPA+ where LTE not available
  • WiFi Direct, MHL, DLNA

Definitely not a bad device. The specs go head-to-head with the best Android devices out there. We are definitely hoping this device gets an Ice Cream Sandwich update relatively soon, though. The processor and RAM should keep the device running smooth, and that huge 4.5 display should definitely look stunning (like the Retina Display, but at 720p resolution). When can you get your hands on this device, though?

Well, if you are interested in getting AT&T’s 3rd 4G LTE device (and probably the best, for now), the LG Nitro will become available on December 4th, both in-store and online. And price goes for $249.99 on a 2-year contract. So, what do you say? Will you be getting this bad boy?

Check out the LG Girl’s video for a more detailed look at this device.

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LG Nitro HD Delivers First True High-Definition Experience for AT&T Customers

Exclusive to AT&T Customers, Android-Powered LG Nitro HD Provides High-Definition Display, Lightning-Fast Processing Speeds and AT&T 4G LTE Capabilities
Dallas, Texas, November 28, 2011

Key Facts

LG Nitroâ„¢ HD, the first smartphone in the AT&T* portfolio with a true high definition screen becomes the third 4G LTE smartphone for AT&T customers.
Available in AT&T stores and online Dec. 4 for $249.99 with a two-year commitment.
Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and access to AT&T’s 4G LTE makes Nitro HD the ultimate high-performance super phone.
AT&T 4G LTE recently expanded to 15 markets. AT&T plans to reach 70 million Americans with 4G LTE by year-end 2011.
LG Nitro HD

The LG Nitroâ„¢ HD, featuring a 4.5-inch True HD AH-IPS display, will be available exclusively to AT&T customers beginning Dec. 4 in company owned stores and online. Setting a new standard for a mobile device, LG Nitro HD comes equipped with a stunning true high-definition touchscreen display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and access to AT&T’s 4G LTE where available, making it the ultimate high-performance superphone. Not only is LG Nitro HD powerful and incredibly fast, it also features multitasking abilities and offers the latest evolution in mobile device display technology for higher image resolutions and text readability.

Taking advantage of LG’s new proprietary True HD technology, LG Nitro HD’s 4.5-inch AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) display supports resolutions up to 1280 X 720 pixels and offers unrivaled color accuracy, brightness, battery efficiency and performance. LG Nitro HD’s 500 nit display luminance allows for clear viewing in direct sunlight and RGB stripe pixels deliver incredibly accurate true-to-life color rendering.

LG Nitro HD offers incredibly quick speed, power and efficiency in a slim design (5.27” X 2.67” X 0.41”) making it easy to view, create and share in HD. LG Nitro HD multitasks seamlessly and with AT&T 4G LTE and HSPA+ where available, it easily browses even the most content-heavy websites and runs HD games with ease, including HD gaming from the Gameloft HD game store and Zynga Poker HD.

An 8-megapixel HD camera and 20 GB of total memory (4 GB on-board plus 16 GB via In-box microSD) allows users to capture and view crystal-clear True HD images and video. Wi-Fi Directâ„¢ technology and DLNA® features offer wireless HD content streaming options, making it easier and faster than ever to share HD content with the people and networks that matter the most.

AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with compatible devices 4G speeds, meaning customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience, even when outside of an AT&T 4G LTE area.

Pricing and Availability

Be one of the first to experience the phenomenon of LG Nitro HD on Dec. 4, available exclusively in AT&T company owned stores and online for just $249.99 after a two-year contract.

Quotes

“With the LG Nitro HD as one of our last smartphones to arrive in 2011, we’re closing out the year with a bang,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We’ve seen others get close to a true HD experience on Android superphones this year, but Nitro HD is the one that does it right.”

“LG continues to push the boundaries of what is possible on mobile devices today,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile. “LG Nitro HD will be the first smartphone available for AT&T to feature True HD AH-IPS capabilities, and the advantages of a crystal clear display are immediately evident after seeing the device first hand. In addition to sporting the clearest and crispest display on the market, LG Nitro HD will be one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones available.”

About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 93,000 people working in over 120 operations around the world. With 2010 global sales of 55.8 trillion Korean won (USD 48.2 billion), LG comprises four business units — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions. LG is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula 1â„¢. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit http://www.lgmobilephones.com.

Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by LTE or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.

Limited-time offer]. LG Nitro HD with new 2-yr wireless agrmt of $39.99 or higher and min $15/mo data plan is $249.99. Wireless Service: Subject to Wireless Customer Agrmt. Coverage and svcs not avail everywhere. Credit approval req’d. Activ. Fee up to $36/line. Geographic, usage, and other terms, conditions and restrictions apply, and may result in svc termination. See store or visit att.com for complete details and coverage maps. Data: Min $15/mo, 200MB, data plan required. If you exceed your initial 200MB allowance, you will automatically be charged an overage of $15 for each additional 200MB provided. All data allowances and overages must be used in the billing period provided or they will be forfeited — details att.com/dataplans. Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge up to $1.25/mo. is chrg’d to help comply with gov’t obligations and chrgs; it is not a tax or gov’t req’d chrg. Early Termination Fee (ETF): After 30 days, ETF up to $325 based on device (details att.com/equipmentETF). Restocking fee up to $35. Taxes and other charges apply.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates — AT&T operating companies — are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

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Source: AT&T

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Galen20K

    that LG girl is kind of creepy lol

    • Charlesbrown79

      I completely agree. Who thought “Yes. Yes. That’s the shot we’ve been waiting for.”

    • stenzor

      she looks like a more twitchy Megan Fox

    • thechad

      Yeah and if shes the LG Girl would in not be easier to for her to just be known as the LGG.

  • erikiksaz

    It’s a TARP! Don’t fall for it. It’ll be stuck on GB for months with hopes of released drivers!

    • erikiksaz

      Crud, I meant “without” hopes of released drivers.

    • AppleFUD

      yep, until I see these OEM’s offer me stock Android and updates within 2 weeks of Google releasing the update I’m staying with Nexus.

      • Anthony E.

        Does Google even update their devices that quickly?

    • CTown

      I don’t see the advantages of this phone over the Galaxy Nexus… is AT&T getting the HSPA+ version or the LTE one? Hopefully, they get the LTE one, it would probably help stock Android a lot!

  • triangle

    While the IPS HD screen sounds great, without ICS, it doesn’t really interest me. LG still has a lot to prove with updates.

    • http://androidtidbits.com Androidtidbits.com

      is IPS better than Super AMOLED Plus?

  • Alexander

    cool too bad LG has a bad history with bugs. Galaxy Nexus on t-mobile for me :)

  • John Walker

    So it isnt at&t’s version of the supposed revo2?

  • Inquizitor

    Forget LG and their knock-off TouchWiz; who’s the girl?

  • Daniel

    3289 ppi? That’s pretty huge! :P
    Anyway, my math only adds up to 326.36 dpi, effectively tied to Retina. Not that being a hair better or worse in dot pitch would make any difference, anyway…

    • Edgar Cervantes

      LOL. Thanks for the heads up. I will fix the typo.

  • YellowDucati

    it appears that the Galaxy Nexus is no longer forever alone in the HD field.

    Wait until your Droid friends from China make it!

  • Triplanetary

    Definitely some solid specs, and lord knows I want a phone with a 720p display, but if money weren’t an issue I’d still take the Galaxy Nexus. Only thing the Nitro has on it is LTE, but the Galaxy Nexus has other three-letter acronyms working in its favor. (Y’know, ICS :P)

  • http://amriilmma.blogspot.com ilmma27

    which is better compare to samsung’s SAMOLED plus? I don’t really like LG’s UI though..

  • http://attackofthetech.com Wayne

    I had the T-Mobile G2x and it’s safe to say I’ll never get another LG phone. I never really had any issue with my device but they really dragged their feet with updating it. And the update they came out with was crippled.

    I’m working a Droid RAZR right now waiting for the Galaxy Nexus.

    • erikiksaz

      As a G2x user myself, I’m worried about one thing. I’ve been anti-LG for the past few months, but what if they bust a Samsung (non functional GPS Vibrants to awesome handsets like the GSII).

  • Dlux

    I hope this isn’t ATT’s answer to not getting the Galaxy Nexus.

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  • E

    ill pass LG to me is like the hyundia of the phone world there not bad but you dont feel proud saying you own one and this is based on experience

  • evelio

    Does it have NFC?

    Android Beam and Google Wallet are killer features for me

    • evelio

      Of course after root, unlock and ICS ROM ;)

      • http://androidtidbits.com Androidtidbits.com

        I think you’ll be needing a NFC chip to use Android Beam.

  • Ben

    It looks like a sweet phone. But i am waiting to see what HTC comes out with next. I like HTC devices and i like Sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002275344855 luiek20

    Needs more ice cream! I refuse to look at any new unreleased phone if it isn’t toting some delicious ice cream sandwich along. And LG isn’t as reliable as Samsung o HTC when it comes to hardware/Software IMO.

    • Me

      Samsung isnt really that reliable in software updates either, cough(Galaxy S phones)cough

      • BigCiX

        Right on that one. Don’t forget the Behold II and the Inspire. Droid Charge is next to get the GB update. People actually act as if Samsung is the God of all phones but quickly forget how we in the states got screwed over with the galaxy s updates.

  • Shadowlore

    See.. while the phone doesn’t necessarily appeal to me due to bad experiences with LG devices in the past (and the girl is INDEED rather creepy), this IS how to proceed with a device. You announce it, and then make it available within a few days.

    Only wish other manufacturers and service providers could take the hint.

  • pikahatonjon

    Hm. LTE Speeds is rather captivating >>
    i cant decide if having LTE is worth giving up the
    huge dev support that the Galaxy Nexus is gonna get

  • killabee44

    This would be a good handset to put Cyanogenmod on… This hardware combined with some ICS from CM would be niiice!

    • killabee44

      As soon as CM releases a stable ICS rom of course..

  • Charlesbrown79

    You would think we are at a point and time where upcoming phones should be shipping with ICS.

  • Drew

    “LTE connectivity / backed up by HSPA+ where LTE not available”

    So, does this mean I could get this phone and use it on Tmobile, and have hspa speeds?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Nope. AT&T and T-Mobile use different bands for HSPA+

  • Savitt

    skyrocket>nitro. the screen is not THAT much better, plus ICS will come faster to GSII, and NFC and bigger battery, usually LG makes pretty shitty products. ill pass on this

  • Mighty_O

    No thanks with your crappy UI LG..but does she come with the phone? lol

  • Chuxter

    Looks like a great phone. Does it come with the girl?

  • charliethesuperturtle

    This phone beats the galaxy nexus in these categories
    1.processor (1.2ghz vs 1.5ghz)
    2.camera (5mp vs 8mp)
    3.dual lte and hspa+
    4.release date has been announced >-<
    loses in this
    1. No ics
    Equal
    1.720p display (LG might be Better because of the pi)
    2.Plastic
    3. Made by the biggest Korean electronics manufacturer ( samung and LG)

    The galaxy nexus has some competition with this LG phone. I'm sure the nitro will get ics in the first 3 months of release since it is att'$ flagship phone and lg's flagship phone.

    • http://androidtidbits.com Androidtidbits.com

      You forgot to mention Galaxy Nexus’ NFC chips.

  • asifriyaz

    you look better than lg phone LOL

  • asifriyaz

    you look better than LG phone LOL

  • asifriyaz

    lyou look better than LG phone HOT HOT (LOL)

  • Nathan

    nice phone to bad I’m sticking with T-mobile (like if I’ll switch for a phone from lg)

  • Rafael1

    I have a white g2x that I won from a contest, and before I rooted this thing it was the most dysfunctional phone I have ever owned. Now that’s been solved and I’m sure a custom rom can put ICS on the nitro and it’s a Nexus Replica, if not slightly better.

  • bd1212

    If this has an unlocked bootloader and was on Verizon, this would be one hell of a phone.

  • BiGMERF

    I would tap that!

    • BigCiX

      Me too numerous times!

    • Mighty_O

      Who wouldn’t? hahaha

  • Samar

    Looked at some of the user reviews. Feels like,Cud have been better.

  • zippyioa

    Having bought an LG Optimus 2x and waited forever for updates from LG, would I buy another phone from them….. I would definitely consider it if they gave LG girl away with one ;)