LG’s presence in the booming tablet PC segment has been far less impressive, which belies the otherwise formidable reputation the company enjoys in other fields of consumer electronics. Its only tablet so far, the G-Slate never really took off in spite of it being 3D capable, the only tablet to be so even now. However, LG is now back with a new tablet offering which though can be considered a healthy improvement over the Optimus Pad.
Named Optimus Pad LTE, the tablet — as its names implies — is now 4G capable. The tablet also has had a heart transplant with it being an upgraded 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon dual core chip that has been implanted in place of the 1 Ghz Tegra 2 dual core CPU that has been pushing things on the erstwhile Optimus Pad 3D. The battery too has been upgraded from 6,400mAh to 6,800mAh to cope with the extra demand that the LTE link demands. Also, LG has decided to do away with the 3D capable camera at the rear, packing in instead a standard 8 megapixel unit while the 2 megapixel unit is retained at the front. Among the other things from the past that is retained include HDMI out port, along with the same 8.9-inch, 1280 x 768 True HD IPS screen. The Optimus Pad LTE also supports SD memory card expandable up to 32 GB, the first tablet in the world to do so.
The tablet comes pre-loaded with a host of convenient software applications such as Smart Movie Editor for editing pictures and videos, Web Duet that allows for e-mailing, messaging and SNS sharing with search functions. Similarly, the On-Screen Phone (OSP) makes the Optimus Pad LTE compatibility with other LG smartphones.
Of course, if you need e-reader/comic book apps, head over to Good-Ereader App Store that also plays host to a lot more apps.
“The combination of LG’s LTE technology with the tablet form factor is a clear advantage for consumers who use a tablet as their primary consumption device when on the move,” said Dr Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company.
What should be intriguing though is that LG skirted the CES to launch Optimus Pad 4G which should have given it a much bigger audience than doing it just after the premier tech is over. Maybe one reason is that LG intends to launch the tablet in its home country first before a formal roll out in other parts of the world.
Price is another factor that we would be keen to know as that is one of the single biggest factor that can make or break a device’s prospect no matter how advanced it might be.