LG Optimus Pad Honeycomb Tablet to Hit Japan on March 31st on NTT DoCoMo

March 29, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

T-Mobile takes full credit for being the first carrier to announce their plans to launch the LG Optimus Pad on their network. They even called the device by a pet name – T-Mobile G-Slate. But probably, the credit of launching the tablet on to the market first goes to the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, who will launch it on their network on March 31st. Interesting, right?

LG Optimus Pad pockets the credit of being the second tablet coming to the market running on Honeycomb platform. Its predecessor from Motorola, the Xoom, looks almost similar to the Optimus Pad with all those specs incorporated. But the Optimus Pad sports an 8.9 inch display, which is way too smaller than the 10.1 inch display of the Xoom.

However, the Optimus Pad has the uniqueness of having two rear cameras. These cameras are capable of shooting 3D videos and capturing still images in 3D.

Things may not be so easy for the Optimus Pad in the US market, though.  Dubbed G-slate, it is expected to be launched on April 20th on T-Mobile. The carrier offers the new tablet for $529 after a mail in rebate of $100.

Besides, they demand two-year mobile broadband contract too.

However, the price along with the contract terms raises serious questions about the chances of the G-Slate to tide over tough competition from Motorola Xoom, a bigger tab.

Moreover, the new entrant from HTC, the Wi-Fi HTC Scribe will be joining the rival camp within weeks. So think well before jumping for any of the three.

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