T-Mobile in collaboration with LG has revealed the G-Slate to counter Motorola Xoom. It is an Android Honeycomb powered tablet. It will be the first 4G Honeycomb tablet to be available. This tablet would be one of the first to be powered by Android 3.0 which is designed for tablets keeping in mind their form factors and design. The Honeycomb is a platform which provides the user with an enhanced user interface and a rich experience in terms of widgets, multi tasking, browsing, notifications and customization. Jeff Hwang, president of LG Mobile Phones, said that LG is dedicated to continue its role as an innovation leader and was thrilled to announce its entry into the tablet market with the G-Slate. He elaborates on its key features by saying that it provides a rich multimedia experience with 4G speed and the latest in Android technology. It is also packed with the latest Google Mobile technology including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction Google Talk with voice and video chat.
It has a display measuring nearly 10 inches with 3D capability, 3D recording capability. It is powered by the LG Tegra Dual Core CPU. It has multiple USB ports and HDMI connectivity options, and 4G forms an essential part of its connectivity package. One of its key advantages over Motorola Xoom is that Xoom comes with the option to upgrade to 4G while the G slate is already 4G enabled. This is quite an advantage for G slate as it will come bundled with T Mobile’s HSPA plus network. T-Mobile has already updated its network to speeds of 42 Mb per sec capability of 4G.
Android Honeycomb which would be powering the G slate comes with features like multi touch and video chats to empower tablets. It has a new and exciting user interface with high performance 2-D and 3-D graphics with support for multiple home screens. It provides support for multi core processors, multimedia options, enhanced connectivity options Google Talk with video chat support and a new web browser. It also has the killer Google Maps 5.0 with 3D panning features enabled.
The G slate is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2011, and would probably follow the launch of Motorola’s Xoom tablet. Thus it might come into a market where consumers will be looking first for its 4G enabled services which Xoom currently lacks. These two tablets are being tagged as iPad killers but their first competition would be with each other. They both are powered with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 Core and is a much powerful device than the ARM based tablets.