updated 07:45 am EST, Wed February 2, 2011
T-Mobile gives full G-Slate details to rival iPad
T-Mobile this morning provided fuller details of the LG G-Slate and the respective companies' best chance at an alternative to the iPad. True to leaks, it will have dual cameras to record stereoscopic 3D, though it may not necessarily shoot video at 1080p like it can in 2D. Unlike the Optimus 3D, however, it won't have a glasses-free 3D display and will need stereoscopic 3D glasses when not showing 3D over HDMI.
The 8.9-inch tablet is one of the many expected to ship with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 (likely the 1.2GHz Tegra 2 3D) and will have enough performance to play both 3D and 1080p 2D on the device as well as handle Flash much more acceptably than single-core devices. T-Mobile anticipates it being used often to watch video with HSPA+ 3G for live TV streaming and 32GB of storage built-in; the metal stripe on the back is now known to be a kickstand for hands-off watching.
The device will run on Android 3.0, being shown in full later today, and will have a front video camera for built-in Google Talk video chat either over 3G or Wi-Fi.
Despite the extra details, T-Mobile hasn't been willing to commit to a shipping window beyond the spring; leaks have pointed to March 23. The company did say it was adding new HSPA+ service in several major cities, including four cities in Georgia (Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Macon), Chattanooga in Tennessee, Champaign in Illinois, Lansing in Michigan and Rochester in Minnesota.
The G-Slate could be critical for LG as a challenge to Apple. It lost $226.3 million in the fall and blamed most of this on its weaknesses in high-end smartphones and tablets, where it was virtually non-existent for most of 2010. The G-Slate is known to have been designed as a reaction to the iPad after LG was taken off-guard.