Though announced at CES, the LG G-Slate was MIA on the show floor, and outside of a few leaks and teasers, the T-Mobile and LG have been oddly silent about the Honeycomb tablet.
That changed today as both the company and carrier have officially unveiled the G-Slate, confirming it will be both capable of displaying and capturing 3D content.
The LG G-Slate users will be able to experience 3D content on the device at 720p, though it will require glasses. The G-Slate also features a rear-facing stereoscopic video camera able to record 1080p HD footage, also in 3D. In addition, it also has a five-megapixel camera and LED flash for stills. There was no mention of 3D stills capability.
Also unknown is the type of glasses required, active or passive. Most 3D capable HDTVs and laptops require expensive active glasses that sync to the display and often cost upwards of $150.
A G-Slate teaser posted on the T-Mobile facebook page prior to the G-Slate announcement showed an old-school pair of red and blue 3D glasses, which some are taking as an indication on the display technology. However, TabletPCReview does not believe the G-Slate will feature 3D technology that is literally decades old.
The G-Slate will feature an 8.9-inch multi-touch display as well as a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and it will run Honeycomb (Android 3.0), of course. In addition to the 3D camera, it will feature a front-facing camera for Google Talk video chat over both Wi-Fi and T-Mobile’s 4G network, and Flash support.
The G-Slate will also sport a gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensor and 32GB of storage. Finally, the Honeycomb tablet will have an HDMI port to stream 1080p content to external sources, including 3D content for other 3D capable displays.
LG has not disclosed the display resolution, though based on the fact that the G-Slate plays back content at 720p, TPCR expects it to be less than the Xoom’s 1280 x 800 resolution.
LG did not provide a solid release date, claiming the G-Slate will ship in the Spring. However, Yahoo News is reporting it will ship in March.