LG is bringing its high-definition expertise from HDTVs to the Nitro HD, a 4G/LTE-ready smartphone that AT&T will be offering to customers starting this Sunday.
As a phone, the Nitro HD's AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) touchscreen is hardly small at 4.5-inch, which shows off LG's proprietary True HD at up to 1280 X 720 resolution. Its press release promises the Nitro HD's 500 nit display makes it usable even in direct sunlight but still offers "battery efficiency."
Beneath the much anticipated screen is a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4 GB internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 4G/LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi Direct, DNLA-support for wireless media streaming, as well as a 16GB micro-SD Card. As one of the last phones AT&T will be launching this year, it ships with Gingerbread (Android 2.3.5) but hopefully it will be one of the first to get Ice Cream Sandwich when it's released.
With the Nitro HD's large high-res HD display comes a big price tag: $249.99 with a two-year contract to be precise. We'll find out soon enough if the LG Nitro HD lives up to its hype as it will be unveiled at a press event on December 1 before arriving in AT&T stores and online on December 4.
How much is a HD display on a smartphone worth to you?