Not to be outdone by Motorola, LG and T-Mobile have teamed up to officially announce LG’s first Android-based tablet, now called the G-Slate. The device will be a full 4G tablet, and will be powered by the newly showcased Android 3.0, or Honeycomb. The release states that the G-Slate will be one of the first 4G-enabled tablet devices to make use of Android 3.0, which was designed from the ground up for tablet devices.
Additional details of the tablet are pretty thin right now, but we know that it will have access to the standard Google-branded fare, like Gmail, as well as access to Google Books, as well. Pricing, and an exact date other than “in the coming months” isn’t known at this point. The press release is below. There’s also a video thanks to T-Mobile’s YouTube account, showing off the tablet in a press render, which you can watch below. (It’s the same Honeycomb preview video from earlier today.)
T-Mobile and LG Mobile Phones Announce Their First 4G Android 3.0 Powered Tablet – T-Mobile G-Slate With Google
T-Mobile G-Slate by LG Is Set to Launch in the Coming Months on America’s Largest 4G Network
LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2011 — Today at 2011 International CES, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and LG Mobile Phones announced the upcoming Android™ Honeycomb-powered T-Mobile® G-Slate™ with Google™, by LG. Expected to be available in coming months, the G-Slate will be the first 4G tablet from the two companies powered by Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the upcoming version of Google’s Android platform optimized for tablets.
“T-Mobile is proud to add a new milestone in the evolution of the Android platform with our first 4G tablet powered by Android 3.0,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “The T-Mobile G-Slate with Google will build on our rich history of Android innovation and leadership and deliver deep integration with Google services.”
“LG is dedicated to continuing its role as an innovation leader and is thrilled to announce its entry into the tablet marketplace with the G-Slate,” said Jeff Hwang, president of LG Mobile Phones. “Streamlining everyday tasks and enhancing entertainment with blazing fast 4G speed, the T-Mobile G-Slate by LG will deliver the latest in Android technology and provide users with an advanced tablet experience.”
The T-Mobile G-Slate will be among the first 4G tablets to fully benefit from the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 platform, which was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and addresses the unique aspects of tablet use cases and form factors. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization. It will also feature the latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D interaction, collection of more than 3 million eBooks and Google Talk™ with video and voice chat.
Additional product details will be disclosed at a later date.