In relation to mobile phones and now tablets, naming conventions can be very frustrating. Not only do companies name their products differently in different parts of the world, they don’t tell us if they're the same products just with different names.
And so it goes with LG’s G-Slate and Optimus Pad, an 8.9in tablet boasting 3D viewing and recording capabilities. LG has officially announced the G-Slate in conjunction with T-Mobile and Google in the United States but is remaining quiet about the Optimus Pad which is rumoured to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in a couple of weeks. Is is highly likely that the Optimus Pad is a European version of the G-Slate with a few added extras but we are still awaiting confirmation from LG on that.
LG officially confirmed on Monday it would be bringing the Optimus 3D to MWC as the world’s first mobile phone with a 3D display. And the G-Slate is continuing the 3D-theme with dual cameras on the rear of the device to allow for 3D recording while 3D viewing will be by way of 3D glasses rather than the glasses-free display seen on the Optimus 3D. The T-Mobile G-Slate with Google by LG, to give it its full name, will ship with Android Honeycomb and will be powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor.
While you can capture 1080p 3D HD video via the rear facing stereosopic video cameras you can only playback 720p video on the 8.9in display, though an HDMI port will allow you to view it on any screen you like. One of the rear video cameras can be used as a 5 megapixel still camera with LED flash and a front-facing 2 megapixel camera allows for video chat over T-Mobile’s 4G network or Wi-Fi. The G-Slate also comes with 32GB built-in storage as well as a gyroscope and accelerometer.
We have asked LG for confirmation about whether the G-Slate is indeed the Optimus Pad in another guise and we’ll let you know as soon as they get back to us. For those in the States, LG says the G-Slate will be landing this spring with a March date mooted by LG. The G-Slate will face stiff competition from the Motorola Xoom and BlackBerry’s PlayBook as it attempts to make its mark in the tablet market.