Aug, 31 2013

Just a few days ago we were teased with an official video about the unannounced LG G Pad 8.3. Now, we’ve got the official announcement to go along. LG has issued a press release about the 8.3 inch tablet which will debut at IFA in Germany next month.

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LG is touting the G Pad 8.3 as tablet small enough for one-handed operation but with premium features usually reserved for larger tablets, like an HD screen with 1920 x 1200 WUXGA resolution and 1.7GHz quad core processor.

The “G Pad” name fits in nicely with LG’s other premium “G” offerings, including the LG G2 and LG G Pro smartphones. And don’t forget about the upcoming LG G TV that, while unannounced, could possibly find it’s way to shelves later this year.

Aside from the presumably stunning screen, the LG G Pad 8.3 comes with 16GB of memory, 2GB RAM, 5MP camera, and 1.3MP front-facing camera. The 4600 mAh battery should hold up nicely running Android Jellybean 4.2.2, and all that is jammed into a frame that ways only 338g. LG compared that to being “lighter than a newspaper”, but we were unable to find someone who has recently read a newspaper to confirm this claim.

Here are the full specs provided by LG:

  • Processor: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm? Snapdragon™ 600 Processor
  • Display: 8.3-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels / 273 ppi)
  • Memory: 16GB eMMC
  • RAM: 2GB LPDDR2
  • Camera: Rear 5.0MP / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 338g
  • Colors: Black / White

lg-g-pad-8.3-3 The G Pad will also come with QPair, that with an app, will allow you to view phone calls and messages on your tablet when properly paired with your Android Phone. This will work with other Android Phones besides those made from LG.

Another feature, called “KnockON” will allow users to turn the device on and off by simply tapping the screen twice. This sounds dangerous to me, in terms of accidentally turning the device on and off accidentally.

We’ll have to wait until IFA in Berlin to test out the G Pad and see if the hardware and software align with LG’s premium positioning. But from a quick glance at the specs, does the LG G Pad seem like a device worth your dollars?

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