LG has lived up to the unwritten tablet naming convention followed by the majority of manufacturers world wide – that of having either a ‘tab’ or a ‘pad’ suffixed to the tablet names. In case of LG, the latter has found favor and what we have known as the G-Slate will now be known as the Optimus Pad. With this, LG has also confirmed the Mobile World Congress (slated to be held in Barcelona shortly) has been chosen as the venue for the formal launch of the European version of the Optimus Tab.
The revelation was made in a Korean press release which should put many rumors and speculations to rest. Also though the specifications released are in line to what T-Mobile had earlier made available of the first tablet from the LG camp, the version of Optimus Tab that would go on sale in North America is also expected to be much the same.
However, while still on specs, it’s the tablet’s 8.9 inch sized display that make for an interesting scenario. This since it’s the first tablet to come with an 8.9 inch sized display, and with that, it has broken the convention in that there are two distinct tablet segments that has evolved over time – a 7 and a 10 inch category. Before now, tablets would either be 7 or a 10 inches to contend with the Galaxy Tab or the iPad, the two undisputed leaders. The LG Optimus Pad changes that all with an 8.9 inch touchscreen which as per LG, a survey on what the ideal size of a mobile computing system should be has revealed without compromising on the aspect ratio.
The rest of the Optimus Pad specs are pretty much the same as was earlier revealed. We know the tablet would come equipped with NVIDIA’s next generation dual core processor running at 1 GHz, 32 GB of on board storage, a 6400 mA batteries, along with other now almost common features such as built in gyroscopes, a light sensor, an accelerometer, and so forth. The Optimus Pad will also come with a 2 megapixel front facing camera along with twin camera and a LED flash at the back that is capable of recording video in 3D format. One of the rear cameras will also serve as a 5 megapixel still camera.
Of course, the biggest USP of the Optimus Pad (besides obviously its capability to include the third dimension) is Honeycomb. The world is eagerly awaiting a proper tablet PC running the first Android version to be built specifically for use in a tablet device. All this makes the Optimus Pad to be one eagerly awaited device.