Mar 28 AT 8:52 AM Nick Gray 15 Comments

The LG Optimus Pad heads to Japan on March 31st

T-Mobile was the first to announce that they would carry the LG Optimus Pad (as the T-Mobile G-Slate) at CES in early January, but that’s not stopping Japan’s NTT DOCOMO from being the first to bring the Honeycomb tablet to market on March 31st.  The Android tablet will be the second Honeycomb device to officially hit the market.  Most of the specs on the Optimus Pad line up with those of the Motorola XOOM, though it does feature a slightly smaller 8.9-inch display and dual cameras on the back capable of capturing images and video in 3D. 

The T-Mobile G-Slate is expected to launch on in the U.S. on April 20th for $529 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and a two year mobile broadband contract.   Hopefully T-Mobile USA will be making an official announcement about the G-Slate’s availability in the next few weeks.  

We certainly acknowledge that the G-Slate is a great Android tablet option, but now that the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi is available and the Wi-Fi HTC Scribe is heading to BestBuy in a few short weeks, do any of you really want a tablet that’s tied down with a two year data contract?

Source: Engadget

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Thaghost

    No…but I would like this in the wifi only version. Do u have any idea how much that would be n when it will be released?

    • Nick Gray

      Based o nthe price of the XOOM Wi-Fi, an LG Optinmus Pad Wi-Fi would probably sell for the same price as the 3G version when purchased with a contract. I think the magic number of going to be right around $500 for Honeycomb tablets, but we should be seeing some strong price conpetition around the holiday season which could drop the price of these tablets to around $400.

      • http://Website Miguel

        Nuts. The Samsung 8.9 16 GB model wi-fi only model is $469. There is no way the G-Slate can beat out the Samsung at $529 for a WiFi model.

        Sure, the G-Slate has twice the storage and has the 3D gimmick, but it’s a fatty compared to the Samsung.

        $469, in my mind, is the new target manufacturers. I’m crossing my fingers that Archos will drop a bomb and release something of great quality for a lot cheaper price.

        • Nick Gray

          I’m hoping for better pricing, but I don’t think LG will go any lower with a 32GB equipped Optimus Pad and 3D cameras. If they reconfigure the tablet to only have one camera and less storage, could see the price dropping to about $450, but with current specs I’d say WiFi Optimus Pad from LG will be right around $500.

          Let’s just hope I’m wrong.

  • http://Website Ryan

    I wonder if this will be laggy like the XOOM and Galaxy Tab. Played with the iPad and the XOOM side by side at Best Buy today and i have to say, the XOOM is some serious fail. I’ve turned into an Android fanboy, but man, it was embarrassing how smooth the iPad was compared to these Android tabs. :(

    • pechano

      That makes me sad to hear. Haven’t seen one in real life yet, but with the iPad having been on the market for so long, how can the Android tablets fail so much?

      What I am hoping for is a Nexus Tablet or a quality tablet by HTC. I know LG(rofl?) is rumored to be making the nexus tab, so it should be very interesting to see how that turns out.

      I know samsung have kind of a bad reputation at the moment, but some of their newest tabs, like the slim 10.1, does look really sexy. Again, if the software performance and feel cannot match that of the iPad, then they are never ever going to win the tablet market. A shame, but kinda obvious.

      • http://Website Ryan

        Yeah I hear ya… I’m not sure what has happened, but it almost feels like the manufacturers are rushing product in an attempt to compete with Apple. There are literally no benefits anymore to have an Android tab over the iPad, so if people play with both, you know they’re going to pick the iPad. Sucks to admit that, but it’s true. :(

        • http://Website NotRelevent

          There are plenty of benefits to an Android tab. The higher res screen, the fact that its not Apple made, the slightly bigger screen, the better UI. I could go on…

          • Nick Gray

            the 10.1 inch display on the XOOM is actually smaller than the display on the iPad due to the aspect ratio. Overall screen space is less.

          • http://Website Ryan

            I wish you actually understood what you were arguing… As mentioned already, there is actually smaller screen space on the Android tabs, better UI is arguable (since you don’t own either one, this is a baseless opinion), and the fact that it’s not Apple made? You sound like an Android fanboy, good job. I will buy the best product, regardless of the manufacturer, and so far… the Android tabs aren’t cutting it. That’s the opinion of an Android fan who has never owned an Apple product.

  • http://Website luke t

    Does the ipad support flash yet either?

    • http://Website Ryan

      Nope, none of the pads do yet. But let’s be honest, who wants to see annoying flash ads?

  • http://Website alex

    I dont think japan should focus on this hopefully everything gets better soon

  • http://Website Ryan Kim

    Shouldn’t Korea be the first to offer it, since LG is in Korea?