updated 12:50 pm EST, Mon November 28, 2011
LG Nitro confirmed early for ATT
Not willing to wait until LG's special event, AT&T on Monday confirmed the existence of the LG Nitro HD. Its adaptation of the Optimus LTE carries the same 4G and dual-core 1.5GHz chip, but is AT&T's first phone to pack a 720p screen. The 4.5-inch AH-IPS LCD should give it a slightly sharper look than the Galaxy Nexus as well as better color accuracy and a 500-nit brightness that's more usable outdoors.
In AT&T trim, the Android 2.3 phone still has its eight-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras, but it gets extra storage and apps. A total of 20GB of space comes through the inclusion of a 16GB microSDHC card on top of the built-in 4GB of space, and it comes presupplied with Gameloft's HD store as well as a copy of Zynga Poker HD.
The Nitro HD will carry the same price premium as other LTE phones, costing $250 on a contract. It should ship on December 4 and, unusually, will only be available within official AT&T stores.