Feb. 2, 2011 at 12:04 AM ET
This evening, T-Mobile popped some eagerly anticipated specs on the upcoming LG G-Slate tablet, plus the attractive image you see above. We already knew from T-Mobile's CES press conference that the G-Slate would ship with Android's Honeycomb tablet OS, and that it had and Nvidia's 1GHz dual-core Tegra processor, but we didn't know the following other tidbits:
• It has an 8.9-inch screen capable of displaying 720p high-def video. (I had previously called it a 10-incher — that was inaccurate.)
• Dual cameras on the back will allow it to shoot 3-D video, which it can play back on-screen for viewing with 3-D glasses. The back cameras will produce 5-megapixel stills.
• A front-facing 2-megapixel camera will deliver video conferencing over either the T-Mobile 3G/4G network at peaks of up to 14 megabits per second, or over Wi-Fi.
• Its HDMI output will send 1080p video and 3-D video to compatible TVs.
• There will be 32GB of internal memory.
• It will also have a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer and adaptive lighting, and will of course support Adobe's Flash within the Web browser.
T-Mobile didn't announce pricing on the thing — here's hoping it's priced to compete — but we already know the data plan pricing, which is pretty nice: For current T-Mobile subscribers, $40 per month gets you up to 5GB of data on the tablet and any laptops or other devices you want to tether to the tablet's Wi-Fi. (T-Mo waives the $15 tethering charge for tablets.) People without T-Mobile subscriptions will have to pay $50 for the same plan. Once you exceed 5GB, there's no overage fees, but the connection is throttled down to something unpleasantly sluggish until the next billing cycle.
As for availability, T-Mobile is still just saying "coming this spring." This is because it's more up to Google, which has yet to release the Honeycomb OS. We hope to get more detail on this tomorrow, at Google's Honeycomb press event starting at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern.