Across the pond LG has chosen to adorn their latest line of phones with multiple variations of the Optimus name.  Confusing?  You bet.  And that’s why they’re latest handset to launch in the US is called the LG Nitro HD (the Optimus LTE in the EU).

If you’re gunning for the price and launch date, we’re glad to report it will hit AT&T on December 4th for $250.  That’s just a few weeks away.  However, expect that price to rapidly drop – case in point Amazon’s penny pincher sale that is still going on, which includes the just announced RAZR and Rezound.

In the specs department you can expect a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor matched by LTE and HSPA connectivity (i.e. 4G).  If that isn’t enough bigness to warm the cockles of your heart this holiday season, consider that it sports a 4.5-inch True HD AH-IPS display.  In other words it’s got a huge display that should be viewable from a wide angle and can play back HD content at a resolution of 1280×720.  Too boot the display boasts 500 nits of brightness, which LG says is viewable in direct sunlight.

And to complement the Nitro’s HD screen capabilities, you can capture full HD video using the 8-megapixel camera (front facing 1.3MP for video chats).  When finished, you can beam it to your HDTV using WiFi Direct or DLNA.  You can of course expect Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1830mAh battery.

Despite boasting a 4.5-inch display, the Nitro HD is just 0.41-inches thick, while the rest of the body measures 5.27-inches long and 2.67-inches wide.  A tad large for anyone who plans to tote it around in their pant’s pocket, but we’ll let hipsters and thugs decide for themselves.

Unfortunately, it won’t ship with Ice Cream Sandwich.  Instead Android 2.3, but you can expect an upgrade sometime in early 2012.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."