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LG Putting Tablet Development on Hold

Ken Hong, a spokesman for Seoul-based LG, told Bloomberg in an emailed statement that the company has decided to sideline its tablet development to focus on smaller devices.

The news arrives after Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet on Monday. The branded device will arrive in two flavors: ARM-based with Windows RT and x86-based with Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft said the Windows RT version will launch in the fall, followed by the Windows 8 Pro model 90 days later.

“LG doesn’t see Surface competing with anything we’re focusing on at the moment,” Hong said.

LG introduced its second tablet, the Optimus Pad LTE, earlier this year. It features an 8.9-inch capacitive multi-touch IPS screen (1280 x 720), a Qualcomm dual-core SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz, 32 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (for up to 32 GB of extra storage), a rear-facing 8MP camera, a front-facing 2MP camera, LTE connectivity and more. The tablet has yet to enter the market.

But the company, which is currently the #4 mobile phone manufacturer, is working to turn around its mobile phone business with its Optimus line of Android smartphones. LG also makes Windows-based PCs, and the company is even open to making phones based on Microsoft's mobile platform, Windows Phone, Hong said.

During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG made its smartphone focus perfectly clear, introducing devices with high-end specs like the Optimus 4X HD and Optimus 3D Max. "We lost our focus," LG's smartphone division head Ramchan Woo told CNET back in February. "We're going back to the fundamentals."