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LG Confirms G Pad, G2 Smartphone's Big Brother

LG makes its 8.3" G Pad Android tablet official, hoping to capture some momentum ahead of a new Apple iPad Mini.

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LG announced the G Pad 8.3 Android tablet over the weekend, a device that it hopes to position as the ideal size between smaller and larger devices. It will be, as the story goes, Goldilocks' choice as far as tablets go, i.e., "just right."

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the device is that it offers a similar set of features to the LG's recently announced G2 smartphone. Much of the user interface and applications are shared between the two, which means that together they'll offer users a seamless experience. Some of these include Slide Aside, which lets users multitask with a new three-finger sliding gesture; QSlide, which launches mini apps that can be used at the same time; and KnockON, which wakes the device with a tap of the finger. Further, LG says the G Pad improves connectivity between the tablet and G2 smartphone. With the QPair app, every call and message received on a smartphone will appear on the G Pad for seamless notifications.

The G Pad 8.3 brings a 1920 x 1200 pixel WUXGA (widescreen ultra extended graphics array) display to the table, which is more pixels than most tablets that size. The screen uses LG's high-quality in-plane switching technology. According to LG, it has a pixel density of 273 ppi. The device is powered by a 1.7-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with a full 2 GB of RAM. The processor offers more than enough oomph to push all the pixels on the display with plenty of power to spare. The tablet has a 4600-mAh power cell under the hood. The battery is embedded and cannot be replaced or swapped by the user.

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Despite the large battery and screen, LG claims the device is highly portable. It weighs about 0.75 pounds (338 g) and measures 8.55 x 4.98 x 0.33 inches. By way of comparison, the iPad Mini, which has a slightly smaller 7.9-inch display, weighs 0.68 pounds and measures 7.87 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches.

Other hardware features include dual cameras, one on the front (5 megapixels) and one on the back (1.3 megapixels). The device supports dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, as well as GPS/GLONASS for location-based services.

As far as the hardware is concerned, the LG G Pad 8.3 is certainly well positioned. It has good specs and the right set of features to compete with similar tablets. It will have to contend with an updated iPad Mini, which is expected to arrive later this year. The big question is whether or not Apple will improve the iPad Mini with a Retina Display. Rumors conflict on that point, and Apple hasn't provided any hints. If Apple fails to improve the Mini's screen, it won't be surprising to see budget tablet shoppers opt for devices with better screens. The Nexus 7, for example, offers a full HD screen in a smaller, seven-inch form factor. The N7 costs a competitive $229 (16 GB with Wi-Fi).

LG says the G Pad 8.3 will reach the market during the fourth quarter of the year, but didn't say for how much, nor in which markets.

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User Rank: Apprentice
9/4/2013 | 3:36:45 PM
re: LG Confirms G Pad, G2 Smartphone's Big Brother
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User Rank: Apprentice
9/4/2013 | 3:13:51 AM
re: LG Confirms G Pad, G2 Smartphone's Big Brother
Another tablet to launch this month with some great features is the Pipo M7 Pro ($255) -- which packs in a solid device with a competitive price and compares to the new Nexus 7, while offering a larger 8.9 inch 1900X1200 PLS display (Samsung technology), along with Quad Core performance with a Rockchip 3188/1.6 GHz processor /2GB Ram; also featured is built-in GPS navigation, MicroSD memory, premium dual speakers, a 6300 mAh battery, Dual WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz), Bluetooth, Dual Cameras, and the option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user-friendly Windows style interface; and a 3G HSPA+ edition is also available for slightly more --

One source with more details is --T ab l e t S p r i n t-- which also features a few other new models worth reviewing to be released later this month.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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9/3/2013 | 8:51:55 PM
re: LG Confirms G Pad, G2 Smartphone's Big Brother
A fourth quarter release seems a bit late. Google's Nexus 7 is already selling well, at least as reported by
User Rank: Author
9/3/2013 | 7:18:44 PM
re: LG Confirms G Pad, G2 Smartphone's Big Brother
I was surprised at the number of CIOs I saw carrying phablets at a recent event. There is appetite for mini-tablets, phablets or whatever we end up calling this in-between size. Personally I have come to depend more on an iPad Mini than I envisioned.
Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
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9/3/2013 | 3:51:30 PM
re: LG Confirms G Pad, G2 Smartphone's Big Brother
It'll really depend how they price this thing. If Apple comes out guns blazing with the new iPad Mini, it's going to eat up a lot of luxury segment sales almost by default. I'd be surprised if Apple has the hubris to leave a sub-retina screen in the Mini-- not when cheaper tablets are offering such high resolutions. If Apple behaves as expected, it will force tablets like this one to distinguish on price. LG's putting some interesting software in its devices these days, which might eventually lead to some differentiation. But that's still in early stages, and in the meantime, I think price will be the key. Given that this tablet isn't coming right away, I suspect LG is waiting to see how some competing products end up priced.
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