We already knew that Japan that would be the first country to have the LG Optimus Pad. NTT DoCoMo, the Japanese carrier partner for the Optimus Pad has announced that they will launch the LG tablet on Thursday the 31st of March. The tablet running Google’s latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb will be seen on almost all NTT DoCoMo stores across Japan. Those areas that are yet to fully recover from the devastating earthquake and the ensuing tsunami have other priorities, of course, once the situation stabilizes the LG tablet will be offered.
Meanwhile, the US based carrier T-Mobile has already announced they will be offering the Optimus Pad to US consumers with the launch date expected to be the 20th of April. Costs involved will be $529 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. Consumers will have to agree to a two year mobile broadband contract though the price for the unlocked version is yet to be revealed. T-Mobile has also stated their version of the Optimus Pad will come loaded with several apps such as T-Mobile TV, Need for Speed Shift HD, and the Zinio e-book reader. It is not known if NTT DoCoMo will also have anything of this type for the Japanese consumers.
As for the tablet, the Optimus Pad has some interesting facts. It’s the first tablet to come with integrated 3D capabilities in the form of a 3D camera at the rear that can capture 3D videos. The Optimus Pad’s 8.9 inch display will also be able to render 3D display, though it will of course require special glasses.
Then the Optimus Pad will only be the second tablet after the Motorola XOOM to actually hit the streets in spite of the flurry of tablet launches all based on Android Honeycomb.
The Optimus Pad will also be the first tablet to be launched with an 8.9 inch sized display, which LG says is just the right size to offer mobility as well as computing convenience. This is LG’s very first tablet attempt and it surely will not be the last. The South Korea based company hasn’t yet to come up with its future tablet plans.
The Optimus Pad packs in specs similar to many Honeycomb tablets. It has a 1000 Mhz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, a 1280 x 768 pixels capacitive multi touch display, and a 32 GB internal memory. It comes with a 5 megapixel camera at the rear along with a 1.2 megapixel unit at the front and is 3G ready.