LG is also banking on 2011 as the year where the war of the tablets goes into full gear. The LG Optimus Pad is their weapon of choice, and the company explains a few of its design consideration during the press conference. To give you a better overview of the Optimus Pad's capabilities, here's a video demo by one of the LG folks at the booth.
Firstly, the use of an 8.9-inch display stems from consumers' feedback over tablets that are too large and doesn't have the portability that they hope for. Weighing in at 630g, the Optimus Pad is designed for an easy one-hand grip, and we have to agree with the comfortable size and weight when we held it in our hand.
The Optimus Pad is capable of HD video playback at 1080p, powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip. Beyond its HD video playback, the Optimus Pad shares the same stereoscopic camera technology as the Optimus 3D, which gives it the ability to do 3D video recording too. At the LG booth, a demonstration showed the Optimus Pad's 3D video recording in action, which requires you to wear 3D glasses to enjoy the stereoscopic effect.
Like most tablets that'll be launched in 2011, the Optimus Pad will be using the tablet-optimized Google Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb. During our hands-on moment with the Optimus Pad, we notice a lack of physical buttons to navigate through the interface. This was duly taken over by soft keys integrated within the Honeycomb interface. This is a definite thumbs-up for us, giving the Optimus Pad a much cleaner design.
The LG Optimus Pad will begin shipping in local markets starting in March, with pricing dependent on region and will be announced at a later date.
Key highlights of the LG Optimus Pad