MWC 2011 - Hands-on with LG Optimus 3D and Pad

Hands-on with the LG Optimus Pad

Hands-on with the LG Optimus Pad

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.

We definitely agreed with the 8.9-inch display and its manageable weight that makes it easy on our hands.

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.

A dual-lens 5-megapixel camera, similar to the Optimus 3D, is found on the Optimus Pad, indicating 3D video recording as part of its features.

Viewing 3D content requires you to wear the 3D glasses, which can be viewed via the Optimus Pad or through its HDMI output.

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.

This year, expect more tablets running on dual-core CPUs and Android 3.0, like the LG Optimus Pad shown here

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.

LG Optimus Pad

Key highlights of the LG Optimus Pad

  • Google Android 3.0
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 (T250) Cortex A9 Dual-Core 1GHz
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n / DLNA
  • 8.9-inch capacitive display / 1280 x 768 pixels
  • Rear 5-megapixel dual-lens camera / Autofocus /  LED flash
  • Front 2-megapixel camera
  • Full HD video recording and playback
  • HDMI-out
  • 6400mAh battery
  • 630g
  • 243 x 149.4 x 12.8mm
  • Availability: March 2011

Obsessed with technology?
Subscribe to the latest tech news as well as exciting promotions from us and our partners!
By subscribing, you indicate that you have read & understood the SPH's Privacy Policy and PDPA Statement.