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LG Optimus LTE smartphone hits 1 million in sales

Since its launch in October, the Optimus LTE smartphone has scooped up more than a million in unit sales across the U.S., Canada, Japan, and South Korea, according to LG.

LG has sold more than 1 million of its Optimus LTE smartphones.
LG has sold more than 1 million of its Optimus LTE smartphones.
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LG's Optimus LTE phone is proving to be a hot seller around the world, racking up more than 1 million unit sales.

Debuting in South Korea last October, the phone grabbed sales of 600,000 units in its native country during the first three months.

From there, the Optimus LTE traveled to Japan to capture sales of 8,500 units in its first day, then to Canada, and finally to the U.S. where it was rebranded the LG Nitro HD, altogether pulling in more than 400,000 in additional sales to take in a cool million.

The phone is selling in North America through three of the major carriers, including AT&T.

Dubbed the world's first HD LTE smartphone by LG, the Optimus LTE offers a high-definition 1280 x 720 pixel (16:9 aspect ratio) IPS (in-plane switching) display. Composed of 2.76 million sub-pixels, the 4.5-inch True HD screen is touted as delivering sharp clarity and a natural color accuracy.

The phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread but is slated to receive the Ice Cream Sandwich version sometime in the second quarter of 2012.

Beyond its screen, the Optimus LTE is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, offers an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and playback, and includes a 1,830 mAh battery to provide extra life to handle all of the phone's multimedia features.

Users will also find an HDMI port and support for DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) to play content from the phone through compatible TVs and media systems. And of course, the LTE connectivity provides high-speed access in locations that support it.

"With brisk sales for a high-end smartphone, the Optimus LTE reaffirms LG's leadership in mobile LTE technology," LG CEO and President Jong-seok Park said in a statement. "The combination of LTE connectivity with LG's True HD IPS display has resonated with the public regarding the potential of LTE technology."