LG drops out of tablet market

LG drops out of tablet market and plans to place more focus on its smartphones

LG throws in the tablet towel and shifts focus to its smartphone outings but is the move temporary or will it return to take on Apple's mighty iPad?

LG has become the latest firm to bow out of the cut-throat tablet scene, a market that has long been dominated by Apple and its seemingly indestructible iPad.

The company, which announced its Optimus Pad slate at the Mobile World Congress in Feb last year, has failed to recreate the same success in the tablet arena that it’s enjoyed in the smartphone sector – LG is the world’s fourth biggest manufacturer of mobile phones – and with Microsoft gearing up to launch its own Windows 8-toting device soon (otherwise known as the Microsoft Surface), competition is already looking scare this year.

Whether LG’s plans to throw in the tablet towel is permanent or only temporary remains to be seen, however, a spokesman for the company said the firm is focusing much of its efforts on its smartphone division for the time being.

“We’ve decided to put all new tablet development on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on smartphones,” said Ken Hong, LG’s global communications director.

He added: “LG doesn’t see Surface competing with anything we’re focusing on at the moment.”

LG Optimus Pad: Specs

The Optimus Pad sports an 8.9-inch screen and comes packing a dual 5-megapixel stills camera for capturing 720p 3D movies.

Available in both a Wi-Fi and 3G version, it also sports 32GB of storage and a 3D camera.