LG Nitro HD

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Taking advantage of LG’s new proprietary True HD technology, LG Nitro HD’s 4.5-inch AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) display supports resolutions up to 1280 X 720 pixels and offers unrivaled color accuracy, brightness, battery efficiency and performance. LG Nitro HD’s 500 nit display luminance allows for clear viewing in direct sunlight and RGB stripe pixels deliver incredibly accurate true-to-life color rendering.

The pixel format on the LG Nitro HD is not “up to” but set at 1280×720. A 4.5-inch IPS with RGB stripe 1280×720. Should look absolutely stunning. Available December 4 for US$249.99 with a two-year agreement.

Update: Joseph Volpe, Engadget (hands-on):

Of course, the real standout here is the 4.5-inch screen, boasting a resolution of 1280 x 720 and a Retina display-like 329ppi. Colors on the IPS panel pop and images, fonts and icons appears crisp. Viewing angles were similarly excellent, giving way to no instances of wash out.

Update 2: Engadget’s Joseph Volpe in his full-blown review:

LG’s chosen to outfit the Nitro HD with a 1280 x 720 AH-IPS panel boasting 329ppi that bests Apple’s Retina display… and it shows. The screen is simply gorgeous, rendering fonts and icons with a smooth distinction you’ll likely take for granted. Colors are vibrant and accurate, sidestepping the over-saturated pizazz typical of rival Super AMOLED tech for a more restrained performance. True, the blacks aren’t as deep as what you’d find on a Galaxy S device and you will have to pump up the brightness considerably for readability out in bright sunlight, but make no mistake, this is a top-notch screen with excellent viewing angles. The only glaring flaw is the hit or miss touch sensitivity. In certain instances, it took us more than a few hard taps to jolt the screen into responsiveness.

326 v. 329. In a heated battle for #1 the minuscule 3 ppi makes the difference between the winner and the loser, but in the grand scheme of things both the LG Nitro HD and the iPhone 4/4S are winners when it comes to incredible smartphone resolution. The hit or miss touch sensitivity sounds more like an Android problem than anything.

Update 3: David Pierce, The Verge:

The Nitro has a 4.5-inch, 1280 x 720 IPS display, and it’s certainly something to brag about: it’s beautiful, crystal clear, and has super-accurate colors. The Galaxy S II’s Super AMOLED display has a tendency to oversaturate colors, giving them a too-warm temperature, but the Nitro never does that — what you see is really what you get. The glass is also slightly curved, so it moves cleanly and nicely into the bezel without any sharp edges or obvious seams; it also makes it friendlier to sideways swipes. Its viewing angles are excellent, with very little discoloration as you get off-center (Samsung’s AMOLED displays start to glow blue as soon as you move to the side).