LG’s upcoming 4G LTE tablet won’t have a quad-core processor or Ice Cream Sandwich at launch

Posted on 17. Jan, 2012 by in Tablets

LG LogoLG Electronics burst onto the tablet scene in mid-2011 with the Android 3.0 Honeycomb based 8.9-inch LG G-Slate (U.S. name)/Optimus Pad (Global name) which featured 3D rear cameras and a 3D screen that required special glasses. The G-Slate/Optimus Pad tablet featured NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processing chip, 1GB of RAM, a WXGA (1280 × 720 pixels) resolution touchscreen LCD, HDMI output, and Adobe Flash support like most other Android tablets of that time.

For the U.S. T-Mobile was the official and exclusive retailer for the countries only 8.9-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet and the carried offered their model the G-Slate with 4G HSPA+ connectivity. At launch the price of the G-Slate at T-Mobile was $699 but that was very quickly adjusted to $530 on-contract and later even that price was dropped to $400 on-contract. The price drops if you couldn’t guess were due to sluggish sales for the 3D tablet which got panned in reviews by tech pundits who got to use the tablet.

LG Optimus Pad LTE front side 00For 2011 LG Electronics is offering the second generation Optimus Pad with the 8.9-inch LG Optimus Pad LTE. The new Optimus Pad LTE features 4G LTE technology out of the box, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processing chip, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, an HD (1280×768) IPS display, and no 3D features of any kind. LG is pretty much offering a redo of the original LG Optimus Pad tablet with, hopefully, fixes for problems noted with the original NVIDIA Tegra 2 based model.

LG isn’t pricing their tablet yet, but they do promise they’ll have the new 4G LTE tablet on the market first in South Korea their home country.

Why launch the LG Optimus Pad LTE at all?

I don’t think such a tablet will have much of a purpose in 2012 with quad-core tablets being en route. LG and/or carriers will have a hard time convincing consumers to purchase a dual-core tablet over a quad-core tablet if the pricing isn’t significantly different. LG will have to work extra hard this time around with carriers to get the pricing down to a realistic level for the Optimus Pad LTE.

However even if LG were to get the price right I still don’t see why the company would be working to get a dual-core LTE tablet to market when quad-core ARM processing chips are available for implementation. It seems like LG is shooting themselves in the foot once again by focusing on the wrong feature for their tablet. Being 4G LTE capable isn’t the most important thing on the minds of tablet shoppers at this time, especially so for Android tablets. Getting the price down and getting the user experience to be smoother are much more important things right now.

LG Electronics lists the following technical specifications in their press release announcing the new Optimus Pad LTE:

  • Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • Memory: User 32GB (Micro SD up to 32GB)
  • Size: 245 x 151.4 x 9.34 mm
  • Weight: 497 g
  • Display: 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display
  • Resolution: 1280 x 768
  • Camera: 8MP (Rear) / 2MP (Front)
  • Processor: Qualcomm 1.5GHz Dual-Core / Dual Channel Processor
  • Battery: 6,800mAh
  • Others: HDMI, DLNA

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