Official: AT&T Announces LG Nitro HD, Available Dec. 4th for $249.99

We were expecting AT&T to wait until a press event later this week to take the wraps off the LG Nitro HD, but the carrier has hit us with a Monday morning press release detailing the US version of the Optimus LTE. The handset is the first AT&T smartphone to feature an HD display with its 720p 4.5-inch touchscreen. The Nitro HD also features a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 8MP camera with 1080p video capture, 4G LTE connectivity, and ships with a 16GB microSD card in addition to 4GB of internal storage. It will be available December 4th for $249.99. Read the full presser below for more details.

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 Nitro™ 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 Nitro™ 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 Direct™ 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.”

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  • AceCurry

    This looks like a beast. Hopefully LG/AT&T doesn’t ruin it.

    • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

      4GB of internal storage.

  • BigCiX

    If I knew the Nexus wasn’t coming to at&t I definitely pick this up.

    • Jason Young

      No LTE Galaxy Nexus will be coming to AT&T anytime soon. I live in Dallas so even if the non LTE nexus was coming to AT&T tomorrow I’d have a tough choice on my hands. Went to the AT&T store and tried out the LTE network. Youtube videos for example were loading twice as fast as they were on the Samsung Galaxy S II that was on display.

      My main problem with this LG phone is all I hear about is slow updates and crappy support for LG devices.

      Unfortunately all AT&T LTE phones for the next several months will carry 1.5 snappy’s.

  • Filipe Santos

    The CPU unfortunately isnt up to date, but this screen makes this Phone one of the best available Android Phones.

    • Guest

      Well, except its made by LG. 

      • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

        LG also makes the iPhone’s retina display. Also, this display was awarded best screen tech over the Super AMOLED+ and HD display IIRC.

    • bitch_please

      Dual Core 1,5Ghz CPU is outdated?!

      • Filipe Santos

        Dual Core Cortex 8 is outdated.

  • hulk smash

    Yes!

  • Travillion

    Is it strange that there is no OS information provided here? Wasn’t it rumored earlier that this phone would ship with ICS? I wonder if they are still working out the details (e.g., allowed to launch before Verizon’s Nexus), or maybe they are deliberately not telling us it won’t have ICS?

    • BigCiX

      No ICS. Nexus is the first and this is getting released before it. Expect 2.3.x

      • Jason Young

        Its hard to define “first” in this case. The nexus was supposed to launch a long time ago. Verizon is dragging their feet. Other manufactures can only be held back so long. Plus it is out in EU.

      • dbcad7

        The Nexus has already been released.. just not in the US.

    • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

      The Nitro is running Gingerbread 2.3.6 and the international version (Optimus LTE) has been confirmed for a ICS upgrade by LG. 

  • http://twitter.com/teleknEsis Kyle Miller

    I don’t see myself ever buying another LG phone again in the foreseeable future. Got the G2x and if it wasn’t for the dev community that phone woulda been the biggest POS ever. Only thing LG has going for it right now is that smoking hott LG girl :)

  • http://Phandroid deh2002

    I’ve got an htc vivid that is going for a ride this week and won’t be coming home with me. I love the vivid but I also have an amaze 4g that I just bought so I’ll keep it and get the nitro. My wife is so going to want to kill me;-)

  • JoeOnDnet

    Here is a better reason than it being LG to take this phone off your want list. I went to LG’s site for this phone and it claims “up to 3 hours” of battery talk time.
    http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/LG-P930.jsp

    • Jason Young

      Interesting point.
      So it says 3 hrs talk time, 10 hours standby time. I wonder what other phones are getting for talk time.
      I know If I had a 3 hour non stop conversation on my current phone it would be dead. (3gs).

      • JoeOnDnet

        My Captivate is rated at 5 hour talk time and current highend AT&T phones are rated as follows for talktime:

        Moto Atrix 2:                 8.5 hrs
        HTC Vivid:                     7.6 hrs
        Samsung SkyRocket:    7 hrs
        iPhone 4S:                     8 hrs

        The Nitro HD’s talktime rating of 3 hours sucks and there is no way I’ll buy a phone lower than the 5 hours my current Captivate is rated for.

      • Darren Thornton

        10 days and 12 hours of standby time…but yeah, original point still stands that 3 hrs of talk time is ridiculous.  

        That’s especially true considering its 1830 mAH battery!!

        I think we may have a typo on that spec sheet…just guessing.

  • MttFrog13

    This actually looks like a really good alternative to the galaxy s II skyrocket. I ditched at&t to go to verizon to try to get the galaxy nexus. After my last phone purchased, i promised myself I would never buy another android phone unless it was stock android and i’m sticking by that.