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.
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I have to say, my Nexus 7 (original)--while I was glad to have a 7" vs. my TF101--was a disappointment. I think in part due to the Tegra3 chip (tons of lag where in my phone--S4 Pro cpu--I experience none), and coupled with the fact that the N7 is supposed to be a "pure" nexus device, the GD youtube app doesn't even buffer videos correctly (works fine on my phone).
I have lost faith that "Google" can do android tablets better than anyone else (then again the N7 is done by Asus, who perpetually screwed the pooch on software updates).
Bring the LG G Pad--just don't make it cost too much. And for the love of god, please release at least a 32GB option (or even better, an SD card slot).
Thanks for posting that--had never heard of them before. Looked up some of the Pipo tablets, and they seem very decent in terms of spec's and hands-on review. Any idea of the overall build quality or reliability? I'm wary of tablet prices that are a little bit too good to be true. Have you owned one before? What were your thoughts?