Dallas - AT&T plans Dec. 4 availability of its third 4G LTE smartphone, the $249 LG Nitro HD.
With a high-definition 1,280 by 720 display, the Nitro will be the carrier's first smartphone with HD display. It will be available exclusively through AT&T stores and the carrier's website.
The company's first two LTE smartphones are the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid, which launched in early November at $249 and $199, respectively.
The Nitro features Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.5-inch 16:9 AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) display for a wide viewing angle, and other technologies to deliver high levels of color accuracy, brightness, and battery efficiency, the carrier said. The technology includes 500-nit display luminance to enable clear viewing in direct sunlight and RGB stripe pixels for accurate color rendering, the carrier added.
The HTC Vivid, in contrast, boasts dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 4.5-inch qHD (960 by 540) display. The Samsung Skyrocket features a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus (800 by 480) display. Both also use the Gingerbread OS.
The Nitro's slim chassis measures 5.27 inches by 2.67 inches by 0.41 inches and packs an 8-megapixel HD camera, 20GB of total memory (4GB embedded plus 16GB via included MicroSD card, Wi-Fi Direct technology and DLNA certification.
AT&T's LTE service is available in 15 markets.