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LG Announces 8.9-Inch Optimus Pad LTE Tablet

LG Optimus Pad LTE

LG has decided to take a second leap into the fierce tablet market with its new Android-powered Optimus Pad LTE slate. The company’s original Optimus Pad wasn’t exactly a huge success — largely due to its extortionate price tag — but LG is hoping its new device can turn its tablet business around.

It claims to be the first LTE-equipped tablet to launch in Korea and it features an 8.9-inch “True HD” IPS display, with a speedy 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It measures in at 9.3mm thick and weighs just 497 grams. It also features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera — which is very impressive for a tablet — and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. In fact, it seems the only thing that’s missing — for the time being — is Ice Cream Sandwich.

LG Optimus Pad LTE Specs

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • 8.9-inch True HD IPS display (1,280 x 152)
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 6,800 mAh battery
  • 245 x 151.4 x 9.34 mm
  • 497 grams
  • HDMI port
  • DLNA support

Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG, believes the company’s new tablet provides mobile consumers with a “clear advantage”:

“With tablets generating five times more traffic than the average smartphone, it’s not a huge jump to assume that tablet users need and want faster connectivity. 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.”

The tablet will first launch in LG’s homeland of Korea, but will make its way to international territories later this year. There’s currently no word on pricing just yet, but we’re hoping it will be significantly cheaper than its predecessor. There’s also no indication on when that Ice Cream Sandwich update might drop.

I think you’ll agree that there’s a pretty impressive selection of specifications packed into the Optimus Pad LTE, but will they help the device succeed in a market which is dominated by Apple’s iPad?

What do you think? Are you excited by the LG Optimus Pad LTE?

[via Phandroid]


Killian Bell

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