The long rumored LG G Pad 8.3 is now official. This is the first tablet from LG after making the jump from Optimus to G branding for their premier Android devices few weeks back. The LG G Pad 8.3 comes with a Full HD display, and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. The tablet will be unveiled at IFA 2013 in Berlin later this week and is aimed to take on the second generation of iPad mini expected to come with a retina display later this year.
Other important hardware specifications include 16GB of internal memory, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera. The 8.3-inch display is close to iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen, but LG boasts about G Pad being full HD with 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) at 273 ppi. The device features a 4,600 mAh battery, and runs the slightly older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
LG G Pad Specs
- Display: 8.3-inch full HD (1920 x 1200 WUXGA)
- Processor: 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600
- RAM: 2 GB
- Internal Memory: 16 GB
- Camera: 5MP rear, 1.2MP front
- Battery: 4600 mAh
- Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
- Weight: 338 grams
- OS: Android 4.2.2
Software enhancements include QPair which lets you receive messages and calls from JB-equipped Android phones on the G Pad itself, and QSlide which allows for three apps to run on-screen at once. In addition, with KnockOn you simply tap the screen twice to wake it up, a nice to have feature these days.
QPair also allows the G Pad to easily connect to other manufacturers’ smartphone and tablets (Jelly Bean OS recommended). Notes created on the G Pad’s QMemo can be seamlessly saved into users’ smartphones and shared from either device.
There is no word on the pricing yet, but LG has clarified that G Pad 8.3 will go on sale globally beginning in Q4 and will be available in two colors: Black and White. We believe the pricing will be the key for this tablet. The second generation Nexus 7 from Google and Asus has managed to impress with top-notch specs and performance. Moreover it comes with the advantage of running stock android and hence the promise to get faster OS updates.