Enterprise Mobility: LG Optimus Pad, Smartphone Pushes 3D Tech to Center Stage at MWC
BARCELONA - As the battle for market share in the tablet space heats up, LG is throwing down the gauntlet, offering a tablet with a 3D camera, as well as the world's first 3D-capable smartphone. Google's Android 3.0 platform and the Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor power the Optimus tablet (sold as the G-Slate in the United States). LG President and CEO Jong-seok Park said with a flood of tablets hitting the market, the company felt strongly that the LG Optimus Pad needed to set a new standard for what a tablet should be. The handset offers a dual-lens 5-megapixel camera, which the Optimus 3D's 4.3-inch WVGA display uses to display 3D content without the use of special glasses. Conference attendees appeared intrigued, if a little confused, by the technology, which caused people to hold the handset in a variety of different ways to test the device's 3D capability. The company said the Optimus 3D, running on Android 2.2, will be rolled out globally starting with Europe early in the second quarter. LG also showed off the super-slim Optimus Black smartphone, which first debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year and features a 4-inch touch-screen display and runs on Google Android "Froyo, with an upgrade to version 2.3 possible.