updated 10:30 pm EST, Tue January 17, 2012
LG Optimus Pad LTE ramps clock speed, 4G
LG took its second shot at tablets in an unusual post-CES launch with the Optimus Pad LTE. A direct sequel to the original we reviewed, it keeps the 8.9-inch, 1280x768 IPS screen and jumps to its namesake 4G for Internet access. Added speed comes through a platform switch, with LG moving from the dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 to a similarly dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon.
The Korean company has already dropped attempts to push 3D and instead relies on a single eight-megapixel camera on the back versus the old pair of five-megapixel sensors. A front two-megapixel camera persists, as does support for HDMI video out. Android 3.2 ships from the start and lets it use a microSDHC card slot.
A slight battery upgrade from 6,400mAh to 6,800mAh may help offset the extra battery drain from the LTE link.
Details are short on when the Optimus Pad LTE will ship, although LG plans to cater to its home country first before expanding elsewhere. In North America, the first Optimus Pad came to Rogers in Canada and T-Mobile in the US as the G-Slate.
LG has never said how well the Optimus Pad did in practice, although it was one of the more self-confident when it attacked Apple and Samsung in one breath during its Mobile World Congress introduction, insisting that the seven-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab was too small and Apple's iPad too big. A clue may have came from its US performance in 2011, where it didn't make the top five even when excluding the iPad. High prices and a lack of major feature advantages may have contributed to the poor initial showing.