3D-capable LG Optimus Pad launches in the UK, it’s expensive
The HTC Flyer isn’t the only tablet that has become available in the UK today. If you also take into account the HTC Wildfire S now being in stock at operators, this turns out to be quite a busy Friday the 13th for the UK mobile market. That probably goes to show how unsuperstitious the mobile world is, I suppose.
The 3D-touting LG Optimus Pad is now available to order from the Carphone Warehouse. If you want to get the tablet SIM-free, it will cost you £749.99. Granted, that’s £50 less than the first pre-order price, but it’s still insanely expensive. Perhaps that 3D tech isn’t the cheapest thing ever, but it remains to be seen how many people deem it worth this premium. My guess? Not that many. Especially since many more Android-powered tablets are sure to flood the market in the remainder of this year.
Which means that the LG Optimus Pad (also known as the T-Mobile G-Slate in the US) will remain a niche offering, picked up by some perhaps for bragging rights – “look, my tablet is 3D! your iPad isn’t!” – but won’t reach the mainstream.
To make the pricing easier to swallow, Carphone Warehouse also offers the tablet subsidized, with a data plan. As such, you can pick up the tablet for £299.99, if you agree to sign a two-year contract that will cost you £25 each month. That will give you 5 GB of monthly data traffic.