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LG G Pad II Sports 10.1-Inch Display, Snapdragon Chip

LG is targeting consumers looking for larger displays with the release of the 10.1-inch G Pad II, a tablet that comes bundled with Windows for Android.

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LG is looking to expand its G Pad tablet series by targeting consumers with a device that sports a larger screen. At the IFA 2015 show in Berlin next month, the company plans to introduce the G Pad II, which features a 10.1-inch display and a 2.26GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

The G Pad II device comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office for Android Tablet, which features Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote applications designed for an Android tablet. In addition, LG is offering 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.

The tablet runs Google's Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system and features a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 7,400 mAh battery, 16GB of eMMC storage, 2GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot.

Available in Brilliant Bronze, the device will be landing in North America, and in major markets in Europe and Asia, following its official debut in September, though pricing details have yet to be announced.

(Image: LG)

(Image: LG)

LG is also claiming the tablet boasts the slimmest bezel among similar-sized tablets currently on the market, with this device sporting a soft metallic-finish around the WUXGA (1920 x 1200) display.

The G Pad II also features Reader Mode, which helps make reading e-books more comfortable by reducing the blue light of the display backlight, which can induce eye fatigue, as well as QuickMemo+, which allows users to create, save, and share their memos from any screen without having to open a separate application.

Another major feature for the tablet, aimed at users who have to multitask often, is Dual Window, which divides the screen allowing users to run two applications at the same time.

"The LG G Pad II 10.1 was developed in response to consumers' feedback and optimized for multimedia consumption," Chris Yie, LG Mobile Communications Company vice president and head of marketing communications, wrote in an Aug. 24 statement. "Customers asked for a large display, bigger battery and faster performance all without raising the price. The G Pad II delivers on all counts."

Even with all the nice bell and whistles, along with the larger display, LG 's latest offering is about to enter a crowded market that is showing signs of slowing down.

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The worldwide tablet market fell 7% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2015, with shipments totaling 44.7 million units, according to a July report from IT research firm IDC.

According to IDC's figures, Apple and Samsung led the market, with LG and Huawei ending the quarter in a statistical tie for fourth place, rounding out the Top 5 with each shipping 1.6 million devices.

The report also noted that market share to vendors outside the top five OEMs continued to outgrow the market, representing 46% of total tablet shipments in the second quarter. 

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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8/25/2015 | 3:16:33 PM
Are tablets useful?
I just don't use a tablet. I have a laptop. I have a smartphone. I have an Amazon Kindle. That's really all I need. 

One thing I have noticed is that I see less people with tablets these days. I think that while they have some use cases, I don't need one. I need less devices, not more. 
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