LG Stops Tablet Development After Microsoft Announces Surface Tablet

LG Optimus PadIt seems that Microsoft’s new Surface tablet is already scaring away the competition before it has even been given a release date. Following the unveiling of the tablet by Microsoft a few days ago, LG Electronics announced that it has decided to put a complete hold on any and all tablet development efforts in order to focus more heavily on its smartphone business.

Ken Hong, a spokesman for LG, wrote an email to Bloomberg on Monday stating, “We’ve decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones.” In addition to that, Hong told Bloomberg that “LG doesn’t see Surface competing with anything we’re focusing on at the moment.” Wait, do you smell that? It smells like….fear.

LG makes a dual-core Android Honeycomb tablet known as the Optimus Pad that it offers through T-Mobile USA. It has also announced the Optimus Pad LTE, though that device hasn’t even shipped yet. The Optimus Pad, which was originally called the G-Slate, had an original price of $529, though that price was later reduced to $399. Apple’s iPad, in comparison, starts at $499.

As far as the tablet market is concerned, LG is a relatively small player. Apple definitely has a stranglehold on the tablet industry though Samsung isn’t far behind being the largest maker of Android tablets. The iPad holds more than a 60% share in the market though industry professionals believe that may decrease upon release of Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

I don’t think too many people are going to notice, let alone miss, a lack of new LG tablets. While LG’s Optimus Pad isn’t necessarily a bad product, it just doesn’t quite measure up against the iPad or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, and with Microsoft’s Surface coming in the near future, LG would only drop even further down the list.

Source: Computer World – LG puts tablet development on hold

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