LG Optimus Pad will launch in Japan first, on March 31
The LG Optimus Pad (also known as the T-Mobile G-Slate in the US) is finally going to start shipping later this week. The tablet will first become available in Japan from NTT DoCoMo, a carrier that will launch it even before T-Mobile in the US (that has yet to even confirm a release date).
NTT DoCoMo has announced today that the LG Optimus Pad will be sold in its stores starting on March 31. However, it’s possible that not all stores will have the tablet from the beginning, because of logistics delays caused by the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Once the device reaches Japanese stores, perhaps it will slowly start to become available in other countries as well, either unlocked or from carriers. It will be about time, that’s for sure.
In case you need a quick reminder of its specs, the LG Optimus Pad has an 8.9-inch capacitive touchscreen, dual-5 MP cameras with 1080p 2D recording and 720p 3D recording (though, because its screen isn’t autostereoscopic, you will need 3D glasses to view those 3D recordings on the tablet itself – or you could just pump it to your 3D-enabled TV via HDMI 1.4). The show is being run by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz processor, and the display has a resolution of 1280×768. There’s also a front-facing 1.2 MP camera for video calls, as well as built-in 3G and Wi-Fi, as you’d expect. The Optimus Pad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb.