T-Mobile LG G-Slate 3.1 Honeycomb Update Brings a Locked Bootloader

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Sadly we have some bad news for you modders that happen to own the LG G-Slate. While recent devices like the G2x, Optimus 3D and even the G-Slate itself have shipped with unlocked bootloaders and were easy to hack, root, and mod. It appears LG has shifted positions and will now start locking bootloaders, a change we are not thrilled to see that is for sure.


While many tablets have been updated to 3.2 Honeycomb already the G-Slate is still way behind and currently rocking the original 3.0 until just recently. Early last week the G-Slate 3.1 OTA started rolling out and most likely many of you have already accepted the update but if not, you might want to wait a few days to see what the developer community comes up with.
New information suggests that along with the 3.1 update the bootloader will also be locked. Making the option to root and flash custom roms, kernels or anything else your heart desires all but impossible until the device is hacked and unlocked. Could this be a new direction LG will be taking with their android offerings, or is this just for the tablet market? I sure hope we don’t get another HTC situation on our hands.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

Device Name : G-Slate
Manufactuer : LG
Carrier : T-Mobile
Announced Date : January 05, 2011
Release Date : April 20, 2011
Also Known As : LG Optimus Pad, Optimus Pad, LG G-Slate, T-Mobile G-Slate
Display

  • Screen Size : 8.9 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×768
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 9.56 Inch
  • Width : 5.88 Inch
  • Depth : 0.49 Inch
  • Weight : 620 Grams
Battery & Power

  • Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 6400 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 237 hours
Software

  • Android OS:
  • 3.0.x
  • Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MP3
  • Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
Hardware

CPU : Tegra 2
CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
Core : 2
Ram : 1000 MB
Internal Storage : 32 GB
Front Facing Camera :
Camera Resolution :5 MP
  • Camera Features:
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
  • Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
QWERTY :
Cellular Network

  • Network Technology:
  • GSM
  • GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
FM Radio :


[via Phandroid]