LG’s Android-powered Optimus Tab leaks?

LG’s first Android-powered tablet has been a very, very long time coming.

First, LG announced it back in July last year, only to change its mind and sort-of-cancel it ‘waiting for Gingerbread’. Then, we’ve heard that they were actually waiting for Honeycomb (which makes more sense, since that will be the first version of Android to be officially optimized for tablets), and finally we have received some confirmation that the tablet will be unveiled during CES.

Last year, LG announced that its tablet will be called LG Optimus Pad, but they may have changed their minds on that too in the mean time and decided to take a cue from their largest national competitor – Samsung – and name it Optimus Tab.

That’s what Engadget is now calling it, and they’ve received a video taken on the CES floor in Las Vegas at LG’s booth. The video is only interesting for about three seconds, before someone from the booth asks the person filming to stop, so we won’t embed it here.

The relevant screencap is what you can see above. Could this be the LG tablet? I mean, it clearly is an LG tablet, but could this be the device aimed to become a competitor to the Apple iPad?

That’s unclear, for the tablet seems to be running software designed specially for LG’s Thinq appliances. This may mean that LG will release an Android app to control such appliances, of course, we just don’t know for sure. Also, if it is running Android, that status bar looks like it’s from Android 2.2, not Gingerbread or Honeycomb. If LG decide to launch a tablet with Android 2.2 Froyo on board, needless to say, many people will be disappointed.

One way or the other, we’re bound to know for sure in a couple of days, if not mere hours.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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