Bell Canada recently launched LG’s 720p HD smartphone, the LG Optimus LTE, said to one of the chief competitors of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  The praises it received on the first day of launch brought intrigue and high hopes that the LG contender would be brought stateside, and since both AT&T and Bell Canada share the same frequency, it was very possible. Much to our surprise, Pocketnow confirmed that indeed the LG Optimus LTE will be launched in the U.Ss in the coming weeks.

A leaked press shot of the LG phone confirms that indeed the Optimus LTE will be launched and is heading to AT&T.  The first or second – depending on its launching date vis-a-vis the Galaxy Nexus – HD smartphone would be renamed as LG Nitro HD. The date of launch is not yet confirmed, however there are speculations that it may more or less be within range of the Galaxy Nexus launch.

The LG Optimus LTE or LG Nitro HD is said to be much better than the Galaxy Nexus in terms of subpixel quality and configuration. The Nitro HD carries with it a 4.5-inch HD 720p display with 1280×720 resolution.  It also has 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of ROM, and a microSD expansion slot.

Another noteworthy feature of the LG Nitro HD is its 8-MP camera and a rather large 1,830-mAh battery. However, some enthusiasts were a bit hesitant knowing that the Nitro would come with Gingerbread compared to the Ice Cream Sandwich that’s coming with the Galaxy Nexus.  But, the LG phone will most likely get an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming weeks.

Does the LG Nitro HD make you want to forego the Galaxy Nexus?  Why or why not?