While Acer cranks out its latest 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablet, rival tablet maker LG Electronics has taken the Android route with its LG G Pad 8.3, part of the company's premium "G" line of mobile products. The new tablet is available now at BestBuy.com and will be available in-store at retailers nationwide beginning with Best Buy on November 3.
"From its light weight to its sleek design, LG G Pad 8.3 is the ultimate complement to the Android smartphone experience," said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA. "LG G Pad 8.3 delivers top-notch viewing and entertainment for Android users with its impressive Full HD screen and useful, intuitive multitasking tools like those found in LG G2."
According to the specs, the new LG tablet sports an 8.3 inch IPS screen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (273 ppi), backed by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip clocked at 1.7 GHz, and 2 GB of LPDDR2 RAM. The device also provides 16 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for adding up to 64 GB more space. The tablet also provides a 5MP BSI camera on the back and a 1.3MP camera on the front.
"LG G Pad 8.3 offers easy-to-sync connectivity across all your Android mobile devices, including the new LG G2, with QPair," reads the company's press release. "When enabled with LG G Pad 8.3, QPair affords users a seamless extension to their Android smartphones by providing simultaneous access to recently opened apps, incoming calls, text messages and more. LG G Pad 8.3 users can even reply to texts and use LG features like QuickMemo to capture and comment on images, making mobile sharing effortless between LG G Pad 8.3 and other Android devices."
The specs also show that the new tablet measures just 0.32 inches thin and weigh 0.75 pounds. Powering this device is Google's Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" and a "long lasting" 4,600 mAh Li-Polymer battery. Other specs include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 16-bit stereo, one microUSB port, and LG's suite of multitasking capabilities. These include QSlide Function 2.0, which allows the user to float two apps over the main screen with adjustable window size and transparency.