After an under-performing 2011, Korean-based LG is trying to start the year by stepping up its game and introducing its first 4G LTE tablet – The Optimus Pad LTE.
The Optimus Pad LTE has an 8.9-inch True HD IPS display (1280x768p) and measures a mere 9.3 mm in thinness. It also weighs 497 grams, which would be 69 grams less than the super-light Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Let’s take a deeper look at the specs to see what we have here:
8 MP rear-facing camera / 2 MP front-facing camera
32 GB of internal storage (supports microSD cards of up to 32 GB)
6,800 mAh battery
HDMI, DLNA compatible
Not bad, but we simply do not know how well it could hold up against the upcoming Tegra 3 tablets. These are also coming with affordable prices, making it harder not only for LG, but for every manufacturer to compete. Not to mention the fact that this press release makes no mention of an update to Ice Cream Sandwich.
At this point in the game, tablets should not be released without at least the promise of an upcoming update to Android 4.0. Not all LG customers have been happy with updates (or lack thereof) on their phones and tablets, so this might be something to consider before purchasing the Optimus Pad.
The software version and price are our only concerns, though. If LG makes things right in those departments, this wouldn’t really be a bad tablet to consider, especially if you are a lover of 4G LTE speeds. The specs are pretty decent as well, and the thinness and weight make this device very attractive.
We do not yet know exact prices or release dates. The Optimus Pad LTE will be first launching in Korea, though, followed by the rest of the world soon afterwards.
What do you guys say? Would you go for this LTE tablet, or would you rather wait for a quad-core, Ice Cream Sandwich pad? Let us know what you think and hit the press release button for more details.
LG TO INTRODUCE ITS FIRST LTE TABLET
Expanding LTE Leadership into Tablets to
Meet the Needs of Consumers’ Faster Lifestyles
SEOUL, Jan. 18, 2012 – LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its first LTE-capable tablet, the Optimus Pad LTE. Initially launching in Korea, LG has equipped the tablet with both LTE technology and True HD IPS display, the two features that have helped LG differentiate its latest smartphone, Optimus LTE, from the competition.
“With tablets generating five times more traffic than the average smartphone, it’s not a huge jump to assume that tablet users need and want faster connectivity,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “The combination of LG’s LTE technology with the tablet form factor is a clear advantage for consumers who use a tablet as their primary consumption device when on the move.”
Boasting the best-in-class in the tablets, LG Optimus Pad LTE provides the ultimate user environment to enjoy HD multimedia with a 1280 x 720 True HD IPS display and 8 megapixel camera for shooting high definition video. The Optimus Pad LTE is also the world’s first tablet to support an SD memory card expandable to 32GB, recognizing the importance multimedia would play for owners of this device.
Along with these features, the Optimus Pad LTE offers easy-to-use controls and functions such as the Smart Movie Editor for editing pictures and videos more easily. Moreover, Web Duet allows for e-mailing, messaging and SNS sharing with search functions, and On-Screen Phone (OSP) ensures compatibility with LG smartphones.
LG Optimus Pad LTE is extremely portable and aesthetically pleasing, weighing in at a svelte 479g and only 9.34mm thin. Equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor running Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, LG’s newest tablet guarantees superior performance. It also supports High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).
Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Memory: User 32GB (Micro SD up to 32GB)
Size: 245 x 151.4 x 9.34 mm
Weight: 497 g
Display: 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display
Resolution: 1280 x 768
Camera: 8MP (Rear) / 2MP (Front)
Processor: Qualcomm 1.5GHz Dual-Core / Dual Channel Processor
Others: HDMI, DLNA