The LG Optimus LTE has a 4.5-inch True HD IPS display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video, and, of course, 4G internet connectivity. That souped-up package has recently been announced as heading to Bell in Canada, where it'll launch exclusively with the carrier and make good use of its new LTE network. Having started selling in Korea a few weeks ago, the Optimus LTE has now become the fastest-selling LG smartphone to date, so clearly its loaded spec sheet is speaking a language we can all understand.

Bell is the first North American carrier to announce it'll have this Gingerbread-running Galaxy Nexus competitor, leaving us to ponder which of its southerly neighbors will follow suit. AT&T, would you have any interest in a smartphone with enough grunt to stand up to Verizon's Ice Cream Sandwich phone? The Optimus LTE is shipping with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) preloaded, but a recent picture picked up by Pocketnow shows it with an ICS lock screen and it's relatively obvious that LG will want to keep up with the Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus. If you want evidence of how deep the rivalry between the two Korean companies runs, the LG press release specifically identifies the HD resolution on the Optimus LTE as 1280 x 720 x 3 RGB, poking a big stick at the Pentile Matrix RGBG subpixel setup that Samsung employs. That's why it's True HD, you see.