LG’s newest 3D spree: G slate Tablet
Is it just me or the embers of the CES still lingers on? Yesterday, in the spirit of CES, LG has just confirmed its newest 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D. Today, T-Mobile, also in the spirit of CES, has made a news fit for a headline in the form of LG G slate– the Korean electronic company’s newest Honeycomb-based tablet.
The LG G slate was first heard and seen at the CES last December, but since all eyes were focused on the Motorola Xoom– a fellow honeycomb baby– back then, the G slate just went into oblivion. Today saw the resurrection of the G slate as T-Mobile spilled the beans, announcing its arrival and hinting that the device will sport a 3D display—well, “3D-capable,” anyway.
While T-Mobile has not included details on the pricing, the carrier company offered a little detail on the arrival date — spring. The LG G slate is reported to come with a 1GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, support for T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network, and Honeycomb—the latest, tablet-centric version of Android-, a rare facing stereoscopic camera that is good for shooting 1080p-quality 3D video capture and 5MP still photos, and a 2 megapixel camera up front for video chat. Other details include a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer, 32GB of internal storage, and support for in-browser Flash video.
The product press release has also revealed a few facts on the upcoming 3D capable tablet. “The T-Mobile G-slate will be among the first 4G tablets to fully benefit from the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 platform, which was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and addresses the unique aspects of tablet use cases and form factors. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multitasking, browsing, notifications, and customization,” as written in the press statement.
As for the gizmo’s display screen, the LG G slate is rumoured to carry an 8.9 inches capacitive touchscreen, a little smaller than those on the iconic iPad. T-Mobile didn’t reveal the exact resolution of the G-Slate’s screen, although the carrier vowed that it’ll handle both 720p video playback and 3D.
Details on the battery life and other paraphernalia are yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, there are conflicting reports on the 3D nature of the tablet. Initial reports were that the G Slate, like the LG Optimus 3D and Nintendo 3DS, can be viewed sans 3D glasses. But T-Mobile has always maintained that the G-Slate’s screen is “3D capable. Today, a rep from the carrier has just confirmed that G-Slate will ship with a pair of anaglyph 3D glasses (think red and blue lenses).
In addition, the official launch date of the G slate is also in question. According to engadget, while T-mobile has announced a “spring” launch, LG suggested that the G slate will and US soil in March (unfortunately, not early enough to be the first Honeycomb bearer tablet).
G-Slate, together with Motorola Xoom and the new Samsung are, so far, the only tablets powered by Android 3.0 “Honeycomb,” the first iteration of Google’s mobile OS to be designed specifically for larger tablet screens. The rest are mostly operated under an android 2.2 (Froyo) platform.