Say hello to T-Mobile G-Slate With Google. For the sake of convenience, let’s just call it the G-Slate. So, is this yet another tablet? In a way, yes. But it’s also T-Mobile’s inaugural tablet (also LG’s foray into this space) designed to promote and take advantage of their fourth-generation network.
We can’t help but notice that T-Mobile has a semantic problem here because their "fourth-generation" network, so they say, is actually 3G HSPA+ upgraded to 21Mbps data speeds and with a fresh new branding label applied, courtesy of arm twisting of the 3G Forum. GigaOM and DigitalTrends have more detailed expositions on this practice. Besides, even this upgraded HSPA+ network isn’t available everywhere yet.
Anyway, the device is built around Android 3.0, as the vast majority of tablets making appearance at CES 2011. It includes standard software features you’d expect from Android such as widgets, multitasking, browsing, notifications and customization, in addition to the latest enhancements like Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, voice and video chat via Google Talk, and Google’s e-bookstore with more than three million electronic books.
T-Mobile sees the tablet as a natural extension of their G1 handset that went down in history as the first commercially available Anroid smartphone. The carrier’s marketing honcho Cole Brodman said this in a statement:
The T-Mobile G-Slate with Google will build on our rich history of Android innovation and leadership and deliver deep integration with Google services.
Unfortunately, T-Mobile refused to share juicer details, leading us to suspect they announced the product because that’s what everyone is doing at the CES show. They did, however, release the below teaser video that sheds more light on the product’s design and user interface. The G-Slate is expected to be available in "coming months" and the carrier promised to share more information at a later date.