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LG Optimus Pad is Tegra-chipped, running Android Honeycomb?

LG has released more details about its 8.9-inch Optimus Pad tablet due early next year, which will run on the very latest Android version of Honeycomb.

We knew LG was planning to release an Android tablet at the beginning of next year, and now, even more Optimus Pad details have been announced, straight from the horse's mouth.

The LG Optimus Pad will be 8.9 inches, according to a report from Korean website MK News, which quotes a senior LG official. This measurement falls between the 9.7-inch iPad and the 7-inch tablet real estate of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. It's due to launch in overseas markets between January and March of next year, which is exciting news for UK users.

The report also says it will run on Android Honeycomb, the version that is to follow the next big upgrade, Gingerbread. If Gingerbread turns out to be version 3.0, Honeycomb will probably be the next incremental update, either 3.1 or 3.2.

It also looks as though the Optimus Pad will pack the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, which sounds positively monstrous. We felt the same way about the prospective Motorola Terminator device, which will apparently run on the chip.

With these impressive details, it looks like LG has held back on a Froyo update for good reason. The company were said to have created a 'taskforce' for the tablet early this year, in an attempt to gauge the opinions of European and US tablet users.

"While the existing tablet PCs focus on e-book, movie, music and the Internet functions, LG's new tablet PC is jumping into the market with more diverse contents based on powerful functions," announced an LG official.

LG has been contacted about the report and has not yet denied or confirmed the details, meaning it probably didn't intend to share this much information so early on in the game.

The LG Optimus Pad suddenly makes this year's tablets running Android 2.2 and 2.1 look a little weedy. Of course, if you want something for Christmas, the Optimus Pad is still too far away. But if you're willing to wait, you might just see a number of high-powered Android tablets released in the new year that put our current tablet crop to shame.

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