First Nintendo 3DS, now G-Slate from LG to push handheld 3D

First Nintendo 3DS, now G-Slate from LG to push handheld 3D

Unveiled today, LG's Android G-Slate will give tablet owners the ability to watch and record video in 3D.

The LG G-Slate will follow the Nintendo 3DS as another handheld device that allows you to view 3D, with one major difference.

Unlike the 3DS, the G-Slate will require 3D glasses to view videos on the screen in 3D. A statement released by LG states the device will allow viewers to see "3D videos" and "3D HD content". 

While LG claims the G-Slate as delivering a "mobile entertainment" experience, what they haven’t detailed so far are specifics about 3D gaming on the device.

As well as the ability to show Google Maps in 3D, the G-Slate has a rear-facing stereoscopic 5MP camera capable of shooting 3D 1080p video. HD video can be output via HDMI to a TV, or the device itself can display video at 720p.

As well as Android 3.0, dual core 1GHz Tegra 2 chip and front and rear facing cameras allowing video chat - three things we saw on just about every major tablet device at CES this year - the other drawcard feature is 4G network support, meaning downloads at speeds of up to 21Mbps. In reality, download speeds are likely to be under 10Mbps.

4G is being pushed in a big way in the US, though has yet to make any sort of major headway in Australia, though vividwireless does offer limited 4G services in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

It's also apparent in LG's G-Slate announcement that the device looks to have been built with 4G wireless in mind. WiFi-only versions of the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab have been confirmed, and we wonder whether we'll see a WiFi only version of the G-Slate.

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