LG launches 3D Android Tablet in Japan on March 15th.
LG unveiled their unique 3D enabled Android Tablet at the MWC 2011. My colleague Robert, got hands-on with the LG Optimus Pad and describes it as perplexing. This tablet is capable of both recording and playing in 3D. It has two big cameras on the back, in addition to a non-3D front-facing camera for video conferencing. The display is 8.9", but the form-factor is very different from other tablet models.
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LG has decided to first release the LG Optimus Pad in Japan. LG says that Japanese consumers are among the fastest early adopters and that is why the company is launching their feature packed tablet in Japan first. In my opinion Japan lost the early adopter pole position about two years ago. Now that Apple and Google drive mobile gadget innovation most early adopters are in the United States.
The number of gadgets that are released in Japan and Korea first have dwindling over the last two years. This is also reflected in the fact that we rarely cover Japanese and Korean announcements anymore, because there just aren't that many of global interest anymore.
LG would be better advised to jump into the US market now with their unique Android Tablet to mess with the Motorola Xoom that launches today.
The Japanese version Optimus Pad (model L-06C) will be offered through a partnership with NTT DOCOMO. The LG Optimus Pad is pre-loaded with applications custom-made for local tastes, including BeeTV which offers a wide selection of entertainment contents tailored for DOCOMO customers. It also includes the 2Dfacto application allowing users to access a wide selection of e-books and comics for reading on the generous 8.9-inch Optimus Pad screen.