By Stephen Schenck | December 15, 2011 1:47 PM
What does LG have planned for next week? Today, the company starting distributing invitations to an event scheduled for next Thursday, December 1. While it appears at first that LG is trying to keep things a secret until then, not dropping any obvious references to one particular phone, the filename used for the invitation’s graphic gives up the farm: it sure looks like LG intends to announce its Nitro HD on AT&T LTE.
We first showed you the Nitro HD earlier this month, revealed as the US version of the Optimus LTE, first announced for release in Korea back in October. Since then, we’ve heard of LG’s plans to spread the phone’s reach internationally, and news of this event makes it look like we might hope to see the Nitro HD go up for sale in the US before the year’s out. After all, why throw a launch event during one the busiest shopping seasons of the year if you’re not nearly ready to start getting the smartphone into the hands of eager customers?
While LG’s Nitro HD won’t be arriving with Android 4.0 on-board, its hardware specs definitely give the Galaxy Nexus a run for its money, including the presence of a 4.5-inch HD-quality 720p screen. We’re very curious to learn how the phone might be priced; considering how few AT&T subscribers receive LTE coverage, it could be tricky finding a price that everyone likes, regardless of what kind of service they’ll get. If this does turn out being a Nitro event as expected, we should know in just about a week.