BARCELONA, Spain--Jong-Seok Park, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications, today announced his company's new Optimus 3D smartphone and Optimus Pad tablet at the Mobile World Congress show here. He had bold predictions for 2011: "The demand for the true tablet is about to take off," he said. "2011 will be the year LG becomes a key contender in smartphones."
LG boasted that its Optimus 3D outdoes a large number of unnamed competing phones. It's not clear how well it will fare against rivals' future models arriving in late spring, when the Optimus 3D is scheduled to launch.
LG took great pains to argue its 8.9-inch Optimus Pad is a better size than the Samsung Galaxy Tab's 7-inch display or the Apple iPad's 10.4-inch display. The Optimus Pad can be held with one hand, is convenient for typing with thumbs in a portrait orientation, and is not cramped for using all the fingers in a landscape orientation.
Daniel Hernandez, director of product marketing for LG in Europe, tried but failed to demonstrate the LG Optimus Pad's video chat abilities. It worked fine in the rehearsals, of course. Perhaps the rehearsals omitted a few hundred journalists, many saturating the room with signals from MiFi devices to blog the event.