LG Electronics said it would release its first tablet computer in the United States in March as it prepares to go head to head with Apple's iPad.
LG said the G-slate was among the first tablet models to run on the "Honeycomb" operating system, which is Google's latest generation of Android platforms designed for mobile devices with large screens.
The G-slate features a 8.9-inch screen, smaller than the iPad's nearly 10-inch display but larger than the seven-inch screen of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab. LG did not give a price for the new gadget
The world's third-largest handset maker said the release date for the G-slate's global release would be disclosed later this month.
LG's handset business took a direct hit from Smartphone offerings by global rivals and after posting a fourth quarter net loss of $229 million, it is now counting on new smart phones and tablet computers to drive sales.
"LG's table computer is expected to cause a new trend in the global market as well as in North America," the company said in a statement.
The iPad went on sale in South Korea last November; three weeks after Samsung launched its rival tablet computer in its home market.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab is more expensive than the cheapest iPad, which costs between $499 and $829.
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