LG Announces Optimus Pad LTE – 8.9″ Display, Honeycomb, Headed To South Korea

LG Optimus Pad LTE

Add this to the list of zillions (okay, not really) of Android tablets that get announced every other day.

LG has made official the Optimus Pad LTE, which comes with an 8.9″ display, a dual core processor (which is just a bit slower than the desktop’s), and some really impressive specs.

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Ice Cream Sandwich is being worked out, as I write)
  • 8.9″ IPS True HD display (1280×768 pixels)
  • 1.5 GHz Dual Core processor
  • Camera: 8 MP on the back, 2 MP on the front
  • 32 GB internal memory, expandable with a microSD card
  • HDMI, DLNA support
  • 6800 mAh battery
  • LTE support, of course

The press release didn’t bother to mention the price and availability, but a little birdie tells us that it should be around the $500 mark. Initially, the Optimus Pad LTE will be available only in South Korea.

Side note: I hate this waiting game.

Meanwhile, the boring and uninformative press release -

LG TO INTRODUCE ITS FIRST LTE TABLET
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. Jongseok 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