LG Optimus Pad launching in Europe from March

LG has just officially announced the LG Optimus Pad, which will be the European name for the Android tablet known as the T-Mobile G-Slate in the US. The specs are the same. It looks the same. It’s a rectangle.

It’s an 8.9″ Android 3.0 tablet with the unusual selling point of having a 3D camera. It’s powered by Nvidia’s 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 platform, meaning support for 1080p recording and playback comes as standard.

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This or the Galaxy Tab 10.1? That’s the big question. We have no answer. The cheapest of the two will do us.

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Here’s the press release from LG.

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.

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  1. mint villa

     /  February 14, 2011

    this is tough, competition is really high, am struggling with all the new phones coming out of which to upgrade, and my birthday is april and i want a tablet, and now i dont know which one, at first i loved the xoom and was gunner get that, since the lg and galaxy tab both running stock android, i now have no clue which one to get, i suppose which ever is cheapest, i’l wait for reviews lol

    • Gary C

       /  February 14, 2011

      It’s amazing. Everything looks so good. I’m leaning toward the Galaxy S II at the moment, but I’ll wait until some reviews arrive to see if Samsung can get the software side right first.

  2. KjKe

     /  February 14, 2011

    I have been into photography since the late 70-ies and have seen the photographic industry trying to push 3d-system after 3d system. They have all failed, much like the video-calling solutions the telephone industry have been trying to get us to adopt during the same period.
    I feel no need to watch the people I am phoning and neither do I feel an urge to get a (very limited) 3D experience out of my telephone snap shots.
    I might be a stick in the mud, but I suspect the current 3D-trend to fail just as misserably as all previous ones. I am still waiting for a camera with ONE good camera lens and ONE good sensor. As a photographer I do not think that the current phone cameras are anywhere near beeing good. Pushing two lenses and sensors into a phone will not make things better.

    • Gary C

       /  February 14, 2011

      Absolutely agree. I’d only buy one of today’s 3D products if the 3D was a free novelty feature. Any sort of premium charge for it and you can forget it.

  3. Dave B

     /  February 14, 2011

    If the rumoured price of the LG Tab is correct which is around £840.00 SIM free, then I may just go into enemy territory and buy an iPad. If they want to beat Apple for sales then the cost must be cheaper than the Apple products.

    • Gary C

       /  February 14, 2011

      I don’t get who’s buying them. Much less functional than a laptop and twice the price? It makes no sense to me.

      • With an iPad you get the Apple ecosystem and the app store in particular.

        With the Android tablets the premium prices seem nuts when you can get eg an Advent Vega for a third of the price that these will likely cost in the UK. I have no comprehension why anyone would want to use a tablet as a camera, except for fast and fun snaps, or video-conferencing.

        But what do I know?

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