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LG Finally Unveils Optimus Pad [Updated]

David Gilbert


LG Finally Unveils Optimus Pad [Updated]

We were hoping (and still are) that Mobile World Congress would bring us some surprises – but LG’s entry into the tablet market wasn’t one of them.

The LG Optimus Pad is an 8.9in Honeycomb running tablet which will go head to head with the Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook, HP’s TouchPad and whatever Apple throws at us by way of an iPad 2 in the coming weeks/months. It was as far back as mid-January that we knew we would be seeing this device in Barcelona, which will be called the G-Slate in the States. LG’s press conference this morning finally confirmed what we already knew anyway giving us very few details we were not aware of.

The 8.9in WXGA touchscreen has a resolution of 1280 x 768 with an aspect ratio of 15:9 and is capable of Full HD 1080p decoding. Powering everything will be an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor running at 1GHz which will be needed for the in-built 3D camera (two 5 megapixel cameras) which will allow you to create 3D stills and videos. Added to this is a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for all your video calling pleasure. The tablet weighs 630g, has a micro USB port as well as a mini HDMI connector to allow you to share all you 3D images on a nice big telly.

The Optimus Pad will have 3G and Wi-Fi when it ships and will come with 32GB of storage on board. LG claims the Optimus Pad can be comfortably held in just one-hand but we wait to be convinced. Whether the addition of the 3D camera will be enough to make this tablet stand out remains to be seen but if this adds a premium price it could face a tough time in such a crowded marketplace. When we will be seeing this latest Android tablet is not yet known and LG is being very quiet about pricing but once we learn more in Barcelona we’ll bring it straight to you. We are looking forward to trying out this device and will bring you our impressions when we get a hands-on.

Update: LG in Germany has just announced that the Optimus Pad will be going on sale in April at the eye-wateringly high price of €999 (£841). We guess that 3D camera really does add a premium price. We’ll keep you updated when we get a UK price.


February 14, 2011, 7:22 pm

Holy moly! That price is unbelievable! If that's what it is going to cost here, I can't see it selling at all.


February 14, 2011, 8:44 pm

I wonder if TR could run a quick survey on "at what price TR user's would consider a tablet good value?"

For me personally, as a sofa-surfing media consumption device that saves me having to go upstairs and switch my PC on to check email/twitter/IMDB/train timetable and watching the occasional vid... £299 is my max.

£250 would be... "Yeah I'd almost certainly get one"

£199 would be a "no brainer and I'd buy one for my mum".


February 14, 2011, 10:28 pm

Crazy prices, just crazy. That's what happens when for years people have been happy to pay £500+ for 'smart phones' and think it's good value, either off contract or via contract subsidies. It has always been a massively over priced industry sector, with huge profits being made. At these prices the whole non-Apple tablet sector will be still born, the irony of which, doesn't escape me!

These need to fall in price and fast. Even with a massive price reduction from the economies of scales we can expect for the successful products, i'm still aghast at the opening volley of prices.


February 15, 2011, 12:41 am

Okay, seriously, what on earth is going on with big brand Honeycomb tablets? Apple can't have THAT much buying power in comparison surely? The hardware specs don't look like they should demand that big a price point unless Tegra 2 and 1Gb of RAM is costing a hell of a lot more than it should. The only thing I can think of is that they're really not sure they're going to be able to ship a lot of units at an iPad-equivalent price point and/or would have to slash their profit margin to single digits. As a result they're just trying to sell to that hardcore geek subset at the highest price they possibly can and make their money back.

Oh, unless... okay, random and probably wrong theory here. Maybe they know they can't just abandon these devices the way they do phones. I wonder if part of the extra cost per unit is that they're having to factor in support and updates for 18 - 24 months? Apple, after all, defers that cost over tens of millions of units and has the extra revenue from Apps and other services to cover it. Android manufacturers have to provide that support with nothing but the purchase price to cover it...


February 15, 2011, 4:19 am

£841? When I can get a dual core netbook with Windows 7 for £250.

But what am I thinking? Clearly having no HD, no keyboard and not being able to run Windows apps gives this device a colossal usefulness edge that justifies the price premium.

If that price is right you'd have to have a screw loose to buy it, surely?


February 15, 2011, 12:04 pm

Kerching .... No Sale ....

Simonm has it spot on ... I'll have one of those clunky keyboard thingies for a third the price please ...

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