updated 04:50 pm EDT, Tue April 19, 2011
T-Mobile G-Slate from LG confirmed for April 20
T-Mobile on Tuesday made a late commitment to full launch details for the LG G-Slate. Its adaptation ships tomorrow, April 20, for the promised $530 on a two-year contract, though only for existing T-Mobile phone subscribers; the price rises to $630 for others. The Android 3.0 device now has a contract-free price but will set users back $750 in its lone 32GB edition, or $20 more than an equivalent iPad 2.
The carrier hasn't explained the higher price, but the second five-megapixel camera on the back may play a significant role. LG's design needs the dual rear cameras to record 3D video at 720p. T-Mobile also packs in a pair of red-blue 3D glasses to see 3D video on the 2D, 8.9-inch display.
Both the T-Mobile G2X and Sidekick 4G are due to ship the same day.
Some early reviews have mostly been positive, complimenting the smaller and more comfortable form factor than the Motorola Xoom and the fast HSPA+ 3G Internet access. Most complaints have centered around the higher price, poor cameras, and teething problems with Android 3.0 like its lack of truly native apps and lag-prone interface.
LG's prospects in the tablet industry are unknowns, though its early arrival for Android 3.0 has reflected an eagerness to make amends for its slowness to adapt to smartphones. The company has lost ground in smartphones after first tying itself too closely to Windows Mobile and being comparatively slow to adopt Android.