Jan 18 AT 10:07 AM Edgar Cervantes 23 Comments

LG Introduces Optimus Pad LTE; dual-core and no mention of Android 4.0

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After an under-performing 2011, Korean-based LG is trying to start the year by stepping up its game and introducing its first 4G LTE tablet – The Optimus Pad LTE.

The Optimus Pad LTE has an 8.9-inch True HD IPS display (1280x768p) and measures a mere 9.3 mm in thinness. It also weighs 497 grams, which would be 69 grams less than the super-light Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Let’s take a deeper look at the specs to see what we have here:

LG Optimus Pad LTE

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • Qualcomm 1.5GHz Dual-Core / Dual Channel Processor
  • 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display (1280x768p)
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera / 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 32 GB of internal storage (supports microSD cards of up to 32 GB)
  • 6,800 mAh battery
  • HDMI, DLNA compatible

Not bad, but we simply do not know how well it will hold up against the upcoming Tegra 3 tablets. These are also coming with affordable prices, making it harder not only for LG, but for every manufacturer to compete. Not to mention that this press release makes no mention of an update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

At this point in the game, tablets should not be released without at least the promise of an upcoming update to Android 4.0. Not all LG customers have been happy with updates (or lack thereof) on their phones and tablets, so this might be something to consider before purchasing the Optimus Pad.

The software version and price are our only concerns, though. If LG makes things right in those departments, this wouldn’t really be a bad tablet to consider, especially if you are a lover of 4G LTE speeds. The specs are pretty decent as well, and the thinness and weight make this device very attractive.

We do not yet know exact prices or release dates. The Optimus Pad LTE will be first launching in Korea, though, followed by the rest of the world soon afterwards.

What do you guys say? Would you go for this LTE tablet, or would you rather wait for a quad-core, Ice Cream Sandwich pad? Let us know what you think and hit the press release button for more details.

Show Press Release
Expanding LTE Leadership into Tablets to
Meet the Needs of Consumers’ Faster Lifestyles

SEOUL, Jan. 18, 2012 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its first LTE-capable tablet, the Optimus Pad LTE. Initially launching in Korea, LG has equipped the tablet with both LTE technology and True HD IPS display, the two features that have helped LG differentiate its latest smartphone, Optimus LTE, from the competition.

“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,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “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.”

Boasting the best-in-class in the tablets, LG Optimus Pad LTE provides the ultimate user environment to enjoy HD multimedia with a 1280 x 720 True HD IPS display and 8 megapixel camera for shooting high definition video. The Optimus Pad LTE is also the world’s first tablet to support an SD memory card expandable to 32GB, recognizing the importance multimedia would play for owners of this device.

Along with these features, the Optimus Pad LTE offers easy-to-use controls and functions such as the Smart Movie Editor for editing pictures and videos more easily. Moreover, Web Duet allows for e-mailing, messaging and SNS sharing with search functions, and On-Screen Phone (OSP) ensures compatibility with LG smartphones.

LG Optimus Pad LTE is extremely portable and aesthetically pleasing, weighing in at a svelte 479g and only 9.34mm thin. Equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor running Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, LG’s newest tablet guarantees superior performance. It also supports High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).

Key Specifications:
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

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • spazby

    how can anyone buy a new tablet at this point without ice cream is beyond me…

    • Jeff Pan

      Exactly. I am guessing the US version would have the ICS when it stats shipping.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Why no ICS! :(

    • lancaster09

      They can’t promise ICS when they haven’t even included the G-Slate or the original Optimus Pad on their update list.
      Just for everyone’s info… I own the G-Slate and I am still running 3.1. Gameloft does NOT support this device for most of their hot games! On the plus side I love the hardware and build. Its a beautiful tablet.

  • Arturo Castro

    The thing that sucks about these annoucements most of the time they never say when or how much!. =[

  • thekaz

    I dunno if I’d worry that much about no ICS… it will get there, hopefully sooner rather than later. If not… someone will port it over… Still, nothing beats a device coming with ICS already on it, and I think those that come pre-installed will have a leg up on the Android fans.

  • kimminer1

    wait to buy..vote with your wallet

    • glimner

      Wish I could +100 this comment. I think we’re all getting tired of manufacturers pushing old software onto consumers. It pains me when a consumer leaves android because they’re frustrated by the poor user experience gleaned from a manufacturer skin, or outdated software!

    • TaoRenCe

      The only way to get companies like LG to do right by their customers is support manufacturers that do get it right. In this way, the LGs of the world either handle things the right way or lose customers.

  • tarwinia

    The lack of ICS is problematic. The dual core who knows. They don’t say if it’s an OMAP, a Tegra, an Exynos, S3, or S4. If it was an S4 I wouldn’t care. The latest OMAPs maybe it wouldn’t be SO bad, the rest it would be a last gen OS with a last gen chipset. And honestly, it’s not wise to buy a device without the latest OS from a company without a good track record for updates. Especially when one is worried about app compatibility and devs no longer have to worry about honeycomb as much since if you program for any other version of Android it should run on a huge quantity of phones and all tablets running ICS.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    This sounds like a fairly mediocre device with the only thing going for it is “hey, I’m thin”. I predict an unsuccessful product in this one. Not a terrible device but you’ll be able to get better for the same price unless this thing lands at $100 or something ridiculous like that, which it won’t.

  • Trinhbo

    Another thing to consider is since it’s 4G LTE capable, it’s probably sold through Verizon or some other carrier. And these LTE variants are generally more expensive than their WiFi only counterparts. Combine that fact with no time table for ICS and you have the perfect storm for another DoA.

  • taketheleap

    So, let me get this straight: it has no ICS, it will likely be priced more than $250 and it’s (only) a dual core?

    And why would I want this over the new ASUS MeMo? (http://androidandme.com/2012/01/devices/asus-memo-370t-could-be-a-kindle-killer-tegra-3-for-250/)

    • James

      It may be a fast 28nm krait dual-core which may give the tegra 3 a run for its money, and for some people, 8.9 inch is the sweet spot in tablets.


  • McLovin

    Why do they spec microSD cards for a tablet? In a phone or camera I understand the need, but in a tablet? What’s wrong with a full size SD card for a tablet?

    • ebaG

      Well for starters that is like asking why Tablets haven’t yet integrated SSD (Solid State Drives) drives in to them yet….. the answer is OBVIOUS!!!

      It is all about size and capacity!

      The MicroSD cards can exceed 32+ GB at them moment, and will eventually break the 120Gb barrier I am sure. and for being less than .5 inches square and 1/8 in thick… that is a lot of data!!!

      Why would you want a regular size SD card any way?

  • Nathan D.

    The transformer prime is still better just saying

  • Hall Lo

    I guess ASUS still has better deals with the 2 quad-core tablets, but there should be still someone who will like this LG tablet over those 2, who knows lol

  • Sasha Amber

    It is an acceptable LG Tablet, According to its Specs Price should be at Mid Range, You can view its Video Review at http://mobile-pricess.blogspot.com/2012/01/lg-optimus-pad-lte-tablet-price.html

  • BigCiX

    LG needs to introduce gingerbread for my Thrill.

  • digeratid

    I have an LG GSlate v909 from T-Mobile. I will never buy another product by LG. There lack of support for the GSlate.

  • digeratid

    Why you should not buy an LG Table. They have proven with the LG GSlate that they will not support there product. Also LG’s Support does not exist

  • Arthas

    I am using it in Pakistan, Although it is not officially launched here, a friend of mine gifted me from Korea. It is a very good device but i have a problem, i lost its Charger and USB datacable :( anyone who know from where i can purchase its Data cable?