With a Tegra II processor and Android Honeycomb...maybe.
LG has made just about every crazy promise possible for their upcoming tablet. They even claim it will be better than the iPad. Now Engadget reports that an LG PR person has revealed some juicy details about this new slate.
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He leaked a dual-core Tegra 2 chip, 8.9" display and Android Honeycomb. Release will come in Q1 of 2011.
In my article about what the LG Pad needs to compete with the iPad, I predicted a Tegra II processor and at least 1 GB of RAM, possibly two. While the Pad's RAM complement hasn't leaked out yet, that processor is right in line with expectations. The 8.9" display is a bit smaller than expected, but definitely large enough to compete with the iPad.
LG is making a wise decision in waiting for Honeycomb. Android 2.2 just is. not. ready. for a tablet. Google even says so. The fact that LG is willing to delay launch says a lot about their attitude towards this product. While Samsung was fine with buffing up the Galaxy S to make their 'tablet', LG is holding off until they can do it right.
This is crucial. You can't go up against Apple with anything less than your best effort. Neat as it is, the Tab is not as polished, as useful or as exciting as the iPad. LG doesn't want people to view their Pad as just another second-tier slate. I won't say they're going to succeed, because the odds are still against them, but this news is proof that LG is playing it smart.
Past a certain point, a good spec sheet will only help LG so much. Their Pad needs to deliver a smooth, intuitive user-experience and a LOT more practical functionality than either the Tab or the iPad offers. This needs to be a device for content creation AND consumption, as opposed to mainly the latter. Honeycomb seems to be the Android OS iteration best suited for this role.
Even if LG can deliver a high-quality, productive tablet that blows the iPad out of the water in every dimension, they are still in for a tough fight. This is going to be a battle between marketing departments as well as platforms. Here's hoping LG has a substantial nest egg socked away and a better ad department than Palm.