On Tuesday during IFA 2013 in Berlin, LG Electronics revealed the latest addition to its "G Series" lineup of devices, the G Pad 8.3 tablet. Scheduled to arrive in 4Q 2013, the tablet will sport a Full HD 8.3 inch screen and a range of connectivity features to make a more converged experience when paired with other devices, all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC.
According to the specs, LG's upcoming tablet will have an 8.3 inch screen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (273 ppi), backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip clocked at 1.7 GHz and 2 GB of LPDDR2 RAM. Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" will be the platform of choice, allowing around 13 GB of available storage on the tablet's 16 GB of eMMC flash memory.
The tablet will also have a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.3MP camera on the front, and presumably Wireless N and Bluetooth connectivity (these weren't listed). The device will measure just 8.3 mm thin and weigh 0.75 pounds, making it comfortable enough to hold in one hand. All of this will run off a 4,600 mAh battery promising "long-lasting usage time."
The LG G Pad 8.3 will arrive with the company's unique QPair app to provide a more converged experience with other smartphones and tablets by LG Electronics and other manufacturers. This app pulls every call and message received on a smartphone and displays them on the tablet. There's also QMemo that allows notes created on the app to be "seamlessly" saved into users' smartphones and shared from either device.
The tablet will also ship with Slide Aside for "sliding" currently open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe, and QSlide for controlling up to three different apps in one window. KnockON turns the device on and off by tapping the display twice.
"Complementing our G Series smartphones, the introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 further strengthens LG's premium lineup consisting of our most cutting-edge devices," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate."
The LG G Pad 8.3 will be rolled out globally in key markets including North America, Europe and Asia as well as other regions starting in the fourth quarter of 2013. Prices will be announced at launch time, the company said.