MWC 2011: LG Enter the Tablet Fray with the Optimus Pad

Launched alongside the particularly impressive Optimus 3D, the Optimus Pad is the company’s long-awaited tablet computer and is ready to take on the might of Apple, Samsung, Palm, Motorola and the many others we’ve seen so far this year. Like the tri-dimensional smartphone, the Optimus Pad also holds a few 3D surprises, so lets take a look at look at the feature list:

  • An 8.9″ touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 768.
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1Ghz processor.
  • Dual 5 megapixel camera lenses on the read panel.
  • HDMI-out.
  • Google Android Honeycomb OS.

If you’ve already had a glance at the Optimus 3D, you’ll know that the dual 5 megapixel camera lenses indicate the Pad can also shoot 3D stills and videos. Oddly though, you won’t be able to view glasses-free 3D content on the Pad itself, as the screen is a standard 2D panel. To see the results of your endeavors, you’ll have to hook up an HDMI connection between the tablet and your 3D TV.

The other way to view 3D content will be to take advantage of LG’s partnership with YouTube 3D, where you’ll be able to upload your 3D pictures and video directly to the site using a dedicated application on the Optimus Pad.

LG explained that the decision to use an 8.9 inch screen is due to it being the ideal size for one-handed use, as is the 630 gram weight. The tablet will come with 32GB of internal storage and will run Google’s dedicated tablet operating system, Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

Like many of the recently announced tablets, LG haven’t quoted a price for the Optimus Pad yet, but a German LG press release did quote a €999 price tag, although this may not directly translate over to the UK. LG say the expected release date will be sometime during April.

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