LG has been pretty quiet on the tablet front since launching the rather mediocre Optimus Pad this time last year, but it has now unveiled a new 8.9in tablet with the same name but which does away with the 3D cameras while adding support for the faster 4G LTE network.
The LG Optimus Pad LTE has been launched in the company’s home territory of South Korea and will keep the same 8.9in form factor but has slimmed down its profile from 12.7mm to just 9.34mm, shedding 142g in the process.
Along with the LTE compatibility, the major attraction of this tablet is set to be its True HD IPS panel, which has a resolution of 1280 x 768. You will also get an 8 megapixel camera on the rear with a 2 megapixel snapper on the front.
The Optimus Pad LTE will be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.5GHz. It will run Android Honeycomb (3.2) and will have 32GB of on-board storage with an SD card slot to support up to 32GB of extra storage.
LG is claiming the Optimus Pad LTE is the “world’s first tablet to support an SD memory card expandable to 32GB” but this is clearly not the case if you care to look at the ThinkPad Tablet or the Transformer Prime.
You’ll get a 6,800mAh battery, DNLA support and a HDMI port (probably of the micro variety).
There is no word on pricing or a release date yet, with LG simply saying it is “initially launching in Korea.” The LTE support will of course be of little use to us here in the UK, and the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich will be of concern to some but we would still expect to see LG launch some version of this new tablet in the UK in the coming months.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the new tablet from LG.
Source: LG (pdf)