LG Decides Smartphones are its Future, not Tablets

An LG spokesperson has told Bloomberg that the company has “decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being” and that it will focus on developing smartphones instead.

LG has hardly been prolific when it comes to releasing tablets, despite being one of the most exciting new product developments of the last few years. Back at Mobile World Congress in 2011, LG released the Android Honeycomb Optimus Pad. It was an unusual tablet with an 8.9-inch screen, a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a dual-lens 3D camera. It’s surprising it wasn’t more popular, given these features.

A second Pad, this time with 4G LTE has recently been launched in the USA, but LG hasn’t shown the same enthusiasm as its competitor Samsung has for developing tablet hardware.

Although it’s not mentioned, we wonder whether Samsung’s problems with Apple have put LG off investing time and money in tablets. The company has so far remained fairly free of publicised lawsuits, unlike Samsung, and the risk of incurring someone’s wrath for what at the moment is likely to be a very small slice of the pie, could be too great.

LG isn’t afraid of a big screen though, as has been proven with the tablet/smartphone hybrid, the Optimus Vu. What we’re most looking forward too though, is seeing its exciting 5-inch, 1080p screen on a similar device soon. If not making tablets means more tech like this from LG, then it’s fine by us.

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