Now I see why that video of Google Android 3.0 was floating around the web earlier today; the Honeycomb tablets are leaving the hive. T-Mobile just announced their G-Slate tablet, a collaboration with LG. Earlier today, LG outed a dual-core Android handset but indicated their tablet news would arrive Thursday, so this could be it.
There are few details in the T-Mobile press release, which indicate a product launch in the coming months. The slate will run Google’s Honeycomb flavor of Android and support T-Mobile’s 4G, or HSPA+ network, although it’s not clear if the radio is capable of using the full 21 Mbps network. Although no information was provided on the processor, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 is a sure contender; it’s already the processor of choice for the ASUS tablets. However, Qualcomm , Texas Instruments and other ARM-based licensees have dual-core products coming soon, so the timing of the G-Slate could play into their favor.
As shown in the video from earlier today, the G-Slate with Honeycomb will support widgets, multi-tasking, and notifications. Certain Google apps, such as Gmail, Maps, and Books are all optimized for the tablet. Also included is support for Google Talk video and voice chat, something I hope will filter down to Android smartphones. While many questions remain about the G-Slate, one thing is fairly certain: The busy bees at CES are likely to announce several other Honeycomb tablets in the next day or two. Watch for more info on the G-Slate tomorrow, as I expect LG will provide the remaining details.
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