LG's G-Slate/Optimus Pad transforms tablet expectations [video]

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The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, officially opens its doors on Monday the 14th, but as is typical for shows like these, we should see some pre-show pressers going on Sunday. Sony Ericsson will be introducing the Xperia Play on Sunday, for instance.

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But even ahead of the press conferences we're seeing leaks and sneak peeks popping up. One of my favorites so far has been LG's 3D capable G-Slate. Here's a typical dry, detail-packed teaser from a few weeks back:

But in Europe the G-Slate is called the LG Optimus Pad, and of course that name immediately evokes Optimus Prime for a generation of geeks raised on The Transformers. The teaser for the Optimus Pad goes in an entirely different direction:

Yup, it's another Michael Boy, Steven Spillback production! Nice little taunt in the direction of Apple towards the end, too.

Peter Smith writes about personal technology for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @pasmith.

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