LG Optimus Pad

LG Tablet in the works for Q3 this year

It looks like a new Android tablet could be on the horizon from the folks at LG. For those who haven't been around the world of Android for long, LG made a tablet way back in the day, but it wasn't too great. The LG G-Slate never received any support from the carrier, or the manufacturer, but now it might be time they dabble in that market again.

Rogers’ LG Optimus Pad is now free on contract

Free phones, even free smartphones, are nothing new in contract-laden world of wireless providers. But a free tablet? Now that's downright novel. Canadian cellular carrier Rogers just slashed the price down to nuthin, nil and nada for the LG Optimus Pad, the Honeycomb tablet first made available on Rogers in May of last year. If you buy the tablet ouutright it'll still cost you $549.99 CAD, or $499.99/$449.99 for a month-to-month or one-year contract, respectively.

LG Optimus Pad 2 image leaks

Last year LG launched the Optimus Pad better known as the T-Mobile LG G-Slate in a neat 8.9" form factor and some 3D effects. While the tablet didn't sell extremely well it was their first venture into the tablet game. Today we are seeing what is believed to be the successor to the Optimus Pad -- possible the Optimus Pad 2.

LG Optimus Pad arrives in UK today

The HTC Flyer isn't the only tablet arriving in the UK today. Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that the LG Optimus Pad - aka the T-Mobile G-Slate in the US - is now on sale, offering Android 3.0 Honeycomb and a 3D camera array for stills and video. Your money gets you a 10.1-inch display - which can show 3D footage, as long as you wear the bundled red/cyan glasses - along with twin cameras, WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth. Inside is NVIDIA's dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset. The Optimus Pad will be available from £299.99 on a £25 per month (24 month) contract, which includes 5GB of data, or for £749.99 stand alone. More details on the tablet in our full review of the G-Slate. [vms f205953f9d3d7974bdd7]

NTT DoCoMo gives firm launch date for Optimus Pad

Gadget geeks in Japan that are fans of tablets will be able to get their hands on the new LG Optimus Pad tablet very soon. NTT DoCoMo has offered up the official launch date for the tablet within Japan. This is the last key bit of information that we didn’t have before, we already know all the specs of the tablet.

LG’s Tegra 2 Optimus Pad tablet launches at MWC 2011

As promised, LG has officially announced the Optimus Pad, its version of the G-Slate for Europe and Asia. Based around an 8.9-inch 15:9 aspect 1280 x 768 capacitive touchscreen display, the LG Optimus Pad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb on NVIDIA's 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset. There's all the usual connectivity - 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS - along with a dual camera array that can shoot 3D video clips. An HDMI port - something the Galaxy Tab 10.1 lacks - makes squirting that 3D footage to a nearby HDTV straightforward, or you could upload it to YouTube 3D. Pricing is yet to be announced, but LG expects the Optimus Pad to go on sale in select markets from March 2011. Press Release:
SETTING A NEW STANDARD IN TABLETS, LG OPTIMUS PAD DEBUTS AT MWC Designed for Both Work and Play, LG’s 8.9-inch Tablet is Convenient to Hold with One Hand; Features Android 3.0, Dual Core CPU, 3D Camera Barcelona, February 14, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the highly anticipated LG Optimus Pad at a press conference on opening day of Mobile World Congress 2011. With diverse multimedia and productivity features, the LG Optimus Pad features a unique 8.9-inch display for one-handed portability and uncompromising viewability, a departure from the trend toward tablets featuring 7- and 10-inch screens. The LG Optimus Pad is powered by Google’s Android 3.0 platform and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor. The world’s first tablet with a 3D camera, the LG Optimus Pad wraps users in an immersive multimedia environment with Full HD 1080p decoding. “With a flood of tablets hitting the market, we felt strongly that the LG Optimus Pad needed to set a new standard for what a tablet should be,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “We think the LG Optimus Pad achieves the right blend of portability and viewability with no performance compromises.” The LG Optimus Pad also represents the fruits of a close partnership between LG and visual computing leader NVIDIA. “The world of computing is shifting under our feet,” said Phil Carmack, Senior Vice President of NVIDIA’s mobile business. “Tablets are quickly taking their place as our most personal computer, providing previously unimagined capabilities and full mobility. The new LG Optimus Pad uses NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 to give consumers outstanding levels of power, speed and performance.” Easy Portability, Ideal Viewability Sized at 8.9-inch diagonally and 149.4-mm horizontally, the LG Optimus Pad offers a sensible solution to other tablets on the market that are either too large for comfortable portability or too small for ideal viewing. The conveniently-sized LG Optimus Pad fits comfortably in one hand, goes anywhere and slips easily into purses and slim briefcases. With 15:9 aspect ratio, the LG Optimus Pad allows users access to the full range of applications in Android Market and its 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution vividly displays multimedia content in full widescreen format. Powerful, Fast and Versatile Platform The LG Optimus Pad is powered by Android 3.0, Google’s latest platform optimized for tablets which supports larger display resolutions and applications specifically designed for tablets, including Google eBooks, Google Maps 5, and Google Talk. Android 3.0 also makes the LG Optimus Pad easy to use with a more intuitive PC-like interface. The LG Optimus Pad fully utilizes the 1 GHz Dual Core CPU of NVIDIA Tegra 2 to deliver lag-free web browsing and quick app start up. The superb graphics and multitasking capabilities of NVIDIA Tegra 2 enables the LG Optimus Pad to run multiple apps simultaneously and handle rich multimedia with ease. Haven for Multimedia Enthusiasts As the world’s first tablet equipped with a 3D camera, users can capture vivid images and video with the LG Optimus Pad for viewing on 3D TVs using HDMI or on the web via YouTube 3D. Business users will also appreciate the built-in videoconferencing feature. With 1080p Full HD decoding, movie enthusiasts can transfer high quality content to their TVs without any loss in picture quality. Serious and casual gamers alike will delight in the wide collection of console-quality games available through the Tegra Zone app that runs seamlessly on the LG Optimus Pad. The LG Optimus Pad will begin shipping in local markets starting in March.

LG Optimus Pad aka G-Slate Destroyed by Transformers

The reviews are in, and it appears that LG, T-Mobile, and Optimus Prime have some talking to do. The following commercial is one that's been released in the past 24 hours by LG then quickly taken back down again, presumably because everyone in the world hates is so much. The ad spot shows the G-Slate, aka the LG Optimus Pad, transforming into the leader of the Go-Bots, Optimus Prime. This robot then gets his punch on with a Megatron of sorts, this evil robot turning out to be an embodiment of the Apple brand, (and we assume, the iPad.)

LG G-Slate demos anaglyphic 3D on video

LG's G-Slate has been caught on video doing its 3D thing, and it's bad news if you were expecting the sort of 3D technology we've seen on HDTVs in the living room of late. Instead, the G-Slate uses a basic anaglyphic system, phasing the picture into two red/blue images that will use passive colored-lens glasses to combine them into a 3D picture. It's all courtesy of a new video overview posted to YouTube, seemingly the latest in LG's attempt to slip the Honeycomb-based G-Slate out in every way bar actually giving reviewers one to play with. Still, we won't argue with a glance at all the ports and the docking station connector pins, and hopefully we'll have some hands-on time next week when Android Community heads to MWC 2011 to play with the European version of the G-Slate, the LG Optimus Pad. [youtube N38a6SO81VI] [via SlashGear]
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