AT&T seems to be taking Android seriously lately, especially if that means helping them promote their new LTE network. Since the iPhone doesn’t support LTE, AT&T will take the Android phones that do support it, and run with them. One of the very first such devices is the LG Nitro HD, which is very similar to the LG phone that’s launching on Bell – the LG Optimus LTE.
It seems we’re going to see a lot more HD phones from now on, because the LG Nitro HD is also one to feature such a display with a 1280×720 resolution that also makes the phone ready to be upgraded to ICS as soon as possible. The phone also comes with a dual core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm processor, 4 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM, 8MP camera, microSD slot, and an 1830 mAh battery.
It’s possible that this phone might end up to be the first HD phone on AT&T’s network, before the Galaxy Nexus, and will also run on AT&T’s “4G” HSPA+ 21 Mbps network. Plus, one advantage that it has over the Galaxy Nexus is that it uses the RGB matrix rather than the Pentile Matrix, so it has all the subpixels for a crisper display. Although, it might not be very easy to distinguish the lack of 1/3 of subpixels on such a high resolution.
Both the LG Nitro HD and its twin brother the LG Optimus LTE (Bell Canada network) will run Gingerbread, but they will probably get an Android 4.0 upgrade sometime in Q1 next year. Although it’s a LTE phone, I would expect the price be somewhere around $200 rather than $300.