LG Optimus Pad (T-Mobile G-Slate) Previewed At Mobile World Congress, Lots Of Video!

The T-Mobile G-Slate, affectionately known as the Optimus Pad pretty much everywhere else was formally introduced to the world at Mobile World Congress this morning. While we’ve already seenWell,the official T-Mobile introduction, clear cut video of the device has been difficult to come by.

Well, that changes today as we’ve got plenty of video goodness for you to enjoy. Of course, after watching these it’s quite possible you’ll break open your piggy bank and start counting your pennies to see just how much you have ready to put down.

PhoneDog, PhoneArena, Engadget, LG

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  • Auser72

    Wow, looks like tmobile has a winner. I hope it’s pricing is competitive with similarly spec’d Ipads.

  • Anonymous

    Looks great. Just hate the thought of being tied to a carrier for 2 years. Does anyone know what the price point will be sans ball and chain? will there be a wifi only version?

    • Auser72

      It can be bought off contract like any other device on tmobile. And I am also going they offer wifi only version. I really don’t se that many people willing to add a new line just for a pad.

      • THATCOOLGUYTREV

        I WORK FOR TMOBILE…. THEY ADD LINES AND NEW ACCOUNTS FOR THEM EVERYDAY.

      • Anonymous

        “Does anyone know what the price point will be sans ball and chain?” He knows.

  • Anonymous

    Looks great. Just hate the thought of being tied to a carrier for 2 years. Does anyone know what the price point will be sans ball and chain? will there be a wifi only version?

  • Anonymous

    the price engadget is reporting is 999 from germany… so straight conversion to US is about $1300

    • Auser72

      That’s definitely not in tmobile’s pricing scheme. Not in pads or tablets pricing scheme.

    • Anonymous

      Its definitely gonna be priced like the XOOM but I couldn’t see TMO not subsidizing it.

      • whosaidwhat

        Even if they subsidize this thing at $500, that’s still too much. Wifi only at $600 is the sweet spot, I don’t need another monthly bill for a tablet.

        These greedy manuafacturers must be very careful here. If the “i” device coming out soon sticks with the same price for wifi only and 3g version with improved specs, they will sell millions again and all android tablet manufacturers will be forced to give these things away. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?

      • whosaidwhat

        Even if they subsidize this thing at $500, that’s still too much. Wifi only at $600 is the sweet spot, I don’t need another monthly bill for a tablet.

        These greedy manuafacturers must be very careful here. If the “i” device coming out soon sticks with the same price for wifi only and 3g version with improved specs, they will sell millions again and all android tablet manufacturers will be forced to give these things away. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?

        • Anonymous

          I guess I could agree that a $600 wifi is the sweet spot only because these tabs are so much more advanced than the $500 iPad. Thats probly what they are thinking with these introductory prices but they will most definitely have to come down once, like you said, that iPad 2 comes out.

          I love Android and own no iThis or iThat but if it comes out cheaper then iMight.

        • whosaidwhat

          And I feel the same way. I don’t own any “I” devices but I don’t see why the “I” crowed will go for an Android (which I love) device if they need to pay a premium. Before the “I” device came out, I was telling everyone at work it would cost a lost of money (thinking the fruit company will add their usual fruit tax), then the thing was announced and I was speechless. I will pay an additional $100 for an Android device because of the freedom, extra features like an SD or MicroSD card, front facing camera and finally, because I”m already rocking an Android device (G1).

          The screen on my laptop recently cracked into two and I’m all for replacing it with an Android tablet but if they are going ask us to pay $800 and up then I might just get another nice laptop or look at what the fruit company has in store.

          This really sucks because I like the work google put into honeycomb and would like to see it shine but that’s not going to happen if people can’t afford it.

        • Anonymous

          LOL it just burns to say iPad and Apple huh? What Google did with Honeycomb is too awesome to pass up on. 3.0 looks like the creators eat and breathed a Tablet interface and thats the end result. This indecisiveness will be all over though once the G-Slate price is announced.

        • Anonymous

          LOL it just burns to say iPad and Apple huh? What Google did with Honeycomb is too awesome to pass up on. 3.0 looks like the creators eat and breathed a Tablet interface and thats the end result. This indecisiveness will be all over though once the G-Slate price is announced.

        • Anonymous

          LOL it just burns to say iPad and Apple huh? What Google did with Honeycomb is too awesome to pass up on. 3.0 looks like the creators eat and breathed a Tablet interface and thats the end result. This indecisiveness will be all over though once the G-Slate price is announced.

  • 808prettyboy808

    Now this is what I want…

  • Angelo

    i’m worried about the back kick-stand. sooner or later it will come loose and get in the way. they should have left that out.

    • ColoradoGray

      As much as it would be awesome, I don’t think it’s a kickstand. I haven’t seen any video or other content stating that it is.

  • Erod188

    My selling point was in the 3d but after seeing how outdated the 3d tech is I was pissed. Their new phone has glasses free 3d and this thing uses side by side and blue/red 3d. Wtf my thing is that if you are gonna add a feature you should do it the right way. Its now just like the other tablets so in this case im going to start looking into the galaxy tab 2 with 10.1″ display

  • Erod188

    My selling point was in the 3d but after seeing how outdated the 3d tech is I was pissed. Their new phone has glasses free 3d and this thing uses side by side and blue/red 3d. Wtf my thing is that if you are gonna add a feature you should do it the right way. Its now just like the other tablets so in this case im going to start looking into the galaxy tab 2 with 10.1″ display

    • Angelo

      wearing glasses would just makes me look like a total nerd. leaving out its 3d tech would have made this product much more affordable. oh well, hope Motorola xoom will reach out to tmobile.

      • Anonymous

        Minus the 3d and minus GSM and we could be lookin at $600-650 but that just aint gonna happen unfortunately

    • Erod188

      I honestly don’t have a problem with glasses. They don’t look that bad and when people see your tab is 3d they dont care they end up being impressed. Now the thing is that Lg has a phone they announced with a glasses free screen

    • BiggerMac

      any idea when the LG Optimus 3D will come to Tmobile? Im so disappointed that this Gslate requires you to wear glasses to watch 3D content, like really who is going to be carrying around glasses and then if you want to show your friends something in 3D what do you do? carry a bunch of extra glasses or do you guys take turns??? ya no thank you! bring a glasses free device! bring the Optimus 3D!

  • Erod188

    My selling point was in the 3d but after seeing how outdated the 3d tech is I was pissed. Their new phone has glasses free 3d and this thing uses side by side and blue/red 3d. Wtf my thing is that if you are gonna add a feature you should do it the right way. Its now just like the other tablets so in this case im going to start looking into the galaxy tab 2 with 10.1″ display

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    “3G HSPA+” Here we go again…. anyway, I really like it. Don’t know if I can afford it now, or anytime soon though.

  • Gmoney

    3G? I thought this was supposed to be 4g or 4g+. Please advise…

    • Erod188

      Hspa+ is 4g

    • Anonymous

      Where did you get 3G from and what is 4G+?

      • Gmoney

        I read where the G2 and the mytouch 4g on T-mobile are 4g meaning up to 7mps download speed while the newer Samsung Galaxy S 4g is 4g+ meaning up to 21mbs download speed. Has anyone heard this?

        • Anonymous

          The G2 and mytouch4g go up to 14.4 or higher. Those are HSPA+. My Nexus One, on HSDPA, maxes out at 7mbps. I think you might have your terms confused. I never heard of 4g+

        • Gmoney

          Click on the “Samsung Galaxy S 4g coming Feb. 23″ story and look at the spec sheet. It says up to 21 mpbs. This will occur after Tmo rolls out another cell tower upgrade ON TOP of the just recently upgraded 4g. Some cities already have it. More to come over the next several months.

        • Anonymous

          But where are you getting “4G+” from? T-Mobile’s current high speed network is HSPA+. It wasn’t until recently that the ITU redefined the terminology for 4G, which is what HSPA+ is classified as. Again, I never heard of “4G+.”

  • Jeffreysabol

    I want it, but if it is truly over $1000 I will wait for galaxy 2 or iPad 2.

  • Erod188

    Yeah these tabs are sounding too expensive for my taste I can almoste by my 3d tv with this thing

    • Anonymous

      Exactly right Erod… that’s why I have predicted tablets first on the market will be niche devices, that niche being people with disposable cash.

      At some point the “college student” crowd (read “those on a budget”) may “switch” to tablets as a “term paper machine” but that will only be when 1) these can run office-type apps; and 2) when the tablet, with a keyboard dock, can compete with netbooks in providing close to the same functionality (word processing, working with PDF documents, presentation preparation, light working with video, storage of gigabytes of files).

      For now, these are simply too spendy in a tanked economy, where people are living two paydays from financial ruin. (Here in California unemployment is 12%; that’s a lot of people with no money for even a low end cell phone, much less a $500 tablet, nor adding $1000+ in contractual obligations.)

      Where these will take off, possibly (IMHO), is the hybrid devices, a tablet “top” with what I call a “netbook dock” lower half. Such devices can eliminate a netbook from one’s essential electronics inventory.

      When docked the hybrids “revert” to running a scaled-down version of Windows 7 or Ubuntu. When undocked the tablet runs Android. (The ones I have seen basically disable the tablet’s OS when connected to the netbook dock).

      One example is the Augen Doppio where the lower half has some netbook elements (USB and audio ports, SD slot, HDMI port, hard disk, keyboard. It does not convert into a netbook, however. Retail will be a reported $569, street price I expect to be about $450 to $500.

      http://blog.laptopmag.com/augen-espresso-doppio-tablet-hybrid

      Although not saying so, I suspect the Doppio will have Honeycomb since Augen says the device meets Honeycomb’s hardware requirements. To me it’s committing sales suicide if a mid-year debuting tablet does not have Honeycomb as the tablet’s OS.

      To be sure, I imagine any manufacturer or reseller (Augen like Apple gets most products made to specifications by Chinese manufacturers) was thrown for a loop when Google announced Honeycomb; this mainly because word is out on the street that “you don’t want a tablet with Android 2.2, that ain’t a tablet OS. So look for a tablet that has Android 3.0, Honeycomb.”

      Just as Steve Jobs said that any tablet with a display that’s under 9″ is DOA (I think he is right) I suspect any tablet that is not running an Android Honeycomb (read 2.2) will also be DOA. Yes, 2.2 tablets, so to speak, will move, but not having 3.0 will certainly hurt sales.

      Anyway, that’s where I see the masses going. To hybrid tablets. And people won’t want a tablet tied to a carrier, since most people, I suspect, are perfectly happy using WiFi for Net access.

      What about e-mail? Well everyone’s getting that on their phones and computers, so getting a third copy on a tablet, so to speak, is not only redundant, it’s super expensive.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly right Erod… that’s why I have predicted tablets first on the market will be niche devices, that niche being people with disposable cash.

      At some point the “college student” crowd (read “those on a budget”) may “switch” to tablets as a “term paper machine” but that will only be when 1) these can run office-type apps; and 2) when the tablet, with a keyboard dock, can compete with netbooks in providing close to the same functionality (word processing, working with PDF documents, presentation preparation, light working with video, storage of gigabytes of files).

      For now, these are simply too spendy in a tanked economy, where people are living two paydays from financial ruin. (Here in California unemployment is 12%; that’s a lot of people with no money for even a low end cell phone, much less a $500 tablet, nor adding $1000+ in contractual obligations.)

      Where these will take off, possibly (IMHO), is the hybrid devices, a tablet “top” with what I call a “netbook dock” lower half. Such devices can eliminate a netbook from one’s essential electronics inventory.

      When docked the hybrids “revert” to running a scaled-down version of Windows 7 or Ubuntu. When undocked the tablet runs Android. (The ones I have seen basically disable the tablet’s OS when connected to the netbook dock).

      One example is the Augen Doppio where the lower half has some netbook elements (USB and audio ports, SD slot, HDMI port, hard disk, keyboard. It does not convert into a netbook, however. Retail will be a reported $569, street price I expect to be about $450 to $500.

      http://blog.laptopmag.com/augen-espresso-doppio-tablet-hybrid

      Although not saying so, I suspect the Doppio will have Honeycomb since Augen says the device meets Honeycomb’s hardware requirements. To me it’s committing sales suicide if a mid-year debuting tablet does not have Honeycomb as the tablet’s OS.

      To be sure, I imagine any manufacturer or reseller (Augen like Apple gets most products made to specifications by Chinese manufacturers) was thrown for a loop when Google announced Honeycomb; this mainly because word is out on the street that “you don’t want a tablet with Android 2.2, that ain’t a tablet OS. So look for a tablet that has Android 3.0, Honeycomb.”

      Just as Steve Jobs said that any tablet with a display that’s under 9″ is DOA (I think he is right) I suspect any tablet that is not running an Android Honeycomb (read 2.2) will also be DOA. Yes, 2.2 tablets, so to speak, will move, but not having 3.0 will certainly hurt sales.

      Anyway, that’s where I see the masses going. To hybrid tablets. And people won’t want a tablet tied to a carrier, since most people, I suspect, are perfectly happy using WiFi for Net access.

      What about e-mail? Well everyone’s getting that on their phones and computers, so getting a third copy on a tablet, so to speak, is not only redundant, it’s super expensive.

  • Anonymous

    POLL:

    If the XOOM, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and G-Slate all carried the same price tag, what would you realistically expect to pay? Remember, EXPECT not WANT.

    • Anonymous

      $650-700

      • ATL Guy

        I really hope when the toshiba comes out it’s a much lower price point.
        Anything above 500 just makes me think I should just get a notebook.
        They’re selling for the same price as the notebook yet a notebook has 10 times the storage plus a bigger screen plus better specs….

    • http://twitter.com/mcasao ManwellC

      Same as an iPad 32GB 3G or 599.00

  • Anonymous

    Probably the best tablet out there to date but I’m looking for T-Mobile to get one of these top end phones. I don’t want last years junk while all the other carriers are getting this years hi tech equipment. Come on T-Mobile, you will loose customers fast if you don’t at least let your very faithful customers know what is coming down the pipeline and soon.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing at MWC so now we wait 5 more weeks to get let down at CTIA. T-mobile better explode at CTIA just like VZW and ATT did at CES! I’m talkin Galaxy S2, HTC Pyramid, LG Optimus 3D you name it we want it!

    • Anonymous

      Nothing at MWC so now we wait 5 more weeks to get let down at CTIA. T-mobile better explode at CTIA just like VZW and ATT did at CES! I’m talkin Galaxy S2, HTC Pyramid, LG Optimus 3D you name it we want it!

      • Aerofanbig

        Nothing at MWC? You do realize, MWC just started a few hours ago, right? And that it runs almost all week long lol.

        • Anonymous

          Its almost 7:30 in Barcelona so thats two whole days this thing has been going on. Galaxy S 2 has already been announced as well as the Optimus 3D and the Sony stuff. We’ll see if HTC will mention TMO USA.

        • Rob

          Still only one day in, it started today (Monday) Samsung just did some stuff early on Sunday

        • Anonymous

          Still nothing. Not even from HTC.

        • Anonymous

          Still nothing. Not even from HTC.

    • ihatefanboys

      tmo already HAS two TOP END PHONES…… the G2 and the MT4G. Me and my wife will be hanging onto those for the life our 2yr contracts, there is no reason to switch, our phones will be getting the maybe 2 major updates in the next 1.5 yrs and we dont need to keep switching phones to feel coool like some people. Besides when our contracts are up the G3 and the MT5G or MT4G-2 will be out. the G3 will prob be quad core, NFC enabled, i cant even imagine what new tech itll have in 2012.

      • http://twitter.com/mcasao ManwellC

        Don’t hate because you cannot afford to upgrade. Your phones will be well obsolete in less than 2 years. That’s like me still using my HTC Touch Pro 2 or G1 .

        • http://twitter.com/gardenwife Kimberley B

          The phone won’t be obsolete by then, especially if you root and flash new ROMs. Cyanogen kept my G1 snappy for almost two years until I decided to get a Vibrant.

        • ihatefanboys

          obsolete compared to the new stuff sure, but theyll both get the updates through oct 2012, especially since there wont be more than 1 or 2 major updates in that time…..my G2 got the space and power to run em…will it be a quad core ? no, and it has nothing to do with hating or not being able to afford to upgrade, it has everything to do with the fact that with a G2 or MT4G, we dont really have to.

      • Anonymous

        As a Nexus One owner who tried the G2 and handled the MT, I have to say that neither impressed me when compared to the N1 and many other devices. They have great chips, but poorly implemented build and design, although in the G2, the only real build flaws are that ridiculous hinge, and the cheap black plastic around the otherwise nice keyboard- which is too stiff by the way. And yes, build and design contribute significantly to the users sense of quality of investment, and satisfaction. It didn’t help that the G2 had touch screen errors when using the soft keyboard, and randomly rebooted….even during calls. The MT…well, it looks bizarre….overdone, and feels cheap.

  • Notyou

    WTF, it took him 4min to say, “umm, its Android but optimized for the tablet screen space.” Thanks dude!

    • ATL Guy

      Aaron did a pretty good job with what he had. it seemed like there were people behind him and he had to rush through it.

  • Notyou

    WTF, it took him 4min to say, “umm, its Android but optimized for the tablet screen space.” Thanks dude!

  • ATL Guy

    That is a nice lookin pad!
    Still waiting on the toshiba 1 though.
    I need standard usb which this 1 doesn’t have.
    Strange they would not have included that but it would have I guess made it thicker.

  • whosaidwhat

    Does this thing have an SD or MicroSD?

    • http://twitter.com/DrBaconator Dr.Prof.Baconator

      Sadly no

      • ATL Guy

        Wow really?
        Guess that is a no on this

  • Anonymous

    Still nothing about the LG Optimus 2x release date in the USA. :(

    • http://twitter.com/gardenwife Kimberley B

      The T-Mo rep at our local store suggested it may be here this spring. There are definitely tablets in the near future. He suggested holding off on the Galaxy Tab.

    • http://twitter.com/gardenwife Kimberley B

      The T-Mo rep at our local store suggested it may be here this spring. There are definitely tablets in the near future. He suggested holding off on the Galaxy Tab.

    • http://twitter.com/gardenwife Kimberley B

      The T-Mo rep at our local store suggested it may be here this spring. There are definitely tablets in the near future. He suggested holding off on the Galaxy Tab.

    • http://twitter.com/gardenwife Kimberley B

      The T-Mo rep at our local store suggested it may be here this spring. There are definitely tablets in the near future. He suggested holding off on the Galaxy Tab.

    • Anonymous

      Still nothing about nothing for the US. We gets nothing.

      • Anonymous

        At least Verizon and ATT got the Thunderbolt and Atrix both of which were revealed at CES along side the Optimus. :(

  • Anonymous

    HTC just announced the HTC Flyer, a 7″, aluminum-encased tablet.

    HTC UNVEILS HTC FLYER™, THE FIRST TABLET WITH HTC SENSE™

    Aluminum unibody design with touch and pen interaction make HTC Flyer unique First tablet with HTC Watch™ video service, HTC Scribe™ Technology and OnLive® cloud gaming BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2011 –

    HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its first tablet, the HTC FlyerTM. HTC Flyer blends HTC’s trademark design language with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for the tablets. Using an intuitive and innovative approach to tablets, HTC Flyer combines natural touch and pen interaction. HTC also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet. “Clearly, smartphones have transformed our lives but as we observed how people use smartphones, computers and other technologies, we saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.

    “We are progressing down a path as an industry when people will no longer be in a single device paradigm, but have multiple wireless devices for different needs; this is the direction we are moving.” Encased in a sleek aluminum unibody, the HTC Flyer tablet exudes the iconic style and build quality HTC is known for. It is also ultra-light, weighing as little as a paperback book, and compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket only.

    With a seven-inch display, lightning fast 1.5Ghz processor and high-speed HSPA+ wireless capabilities, the HTC Flyer tablet is perfect for those who have been waiting for a tablet that is both compact and powerful. HTC Sense for Tablet

    HTC Sense revolutionized smartphones by placing the person at the center of the experience. HTC Flyer’s tablet-focused HTC Sense experience focuses on surprising and delighting people with its gorgeous 3D home screen. A unique carousel of widgets puts a user’s most important content and information at the visual center of the experience.

    The HTC Flyer tablet also offers uncompromised Web browsing with Flash 10 and HTML 5.
    HTC Scribe Technology
    Touch interaction lights up the HTC Flyer tablet experience, but it also offers a groundbreaking pen experience. With the new HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet, people can rediscover the natural act of writing. HTC Scribe Technology introduces a wave of integrated digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or even write on a web page or photo.
    HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet transforms traditional note-taking into smart note-taking by integrating natural onscreen writing with thoughtful and integrated innovations.

    A feature called Timemark enables you to capture the audio of a meeting in line with your written notes, so tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. Notes are also integrated with the calendar so when there is an appointment reminder you are automatically prompted with an opportunity to begin a new note or in the case of recurring meetings, to continue where the last meeting left off.

    In an industry first, the HTC Flyer tablet also features built-in synchronization with Evernote™, the world-leading notes application and service. Streaming Mobile Movies with HTC Watch

    The HTC Flyer tablet premieres HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service. The HTC Watch service enables low-cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of High-Definition movies from major studios.

    The intuitive, natural design of the HTC Watch service makes it easy to find the latest movie and video content, while advanced technology on the back-end enables instant playback over the HTC Flyer tablet’s high-speed wireless connection.

    Mobile Cloud Gaming with OnLive
    HTC takes mobile gaming to an entirely new level by being the first mobile device in the world to integrate OnLive Inc.’s revolutionary cloud-based gaming service.

    OnLive is leading in the home gaming market by letting people play top video games on their televisions and computers without the need to buy expensive gaming hardware or software. When integrated fully, the OnLive service will enable customers to pipe the OnLive service through the HTC Flyer tablet’s broadband wireless to their television sets, or let them play directly on the tablet.

    When integrated on the HTC Flyer tablet, people can play a variety of games, including hits like Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood™, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter™.

    Availability

    HTC Flyer will be available to customers globally during Q2 2011.

  • Anonymous