LG launches the G Pad 8.3 Android tablet
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While LG has had a few standout Android smartphones in the past year including the recently launched G2 and the very popular Nexus 4, there has been a surprising lack of tablets from the Korean company. All that is about to change with LG set to get back in the game with the G Pad 8.3.
The new tablet features an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, Android 4.2.2, a 5 MP back-facing camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a microSD lot (up to 64 GB cards), and a 4600 mAh battery.
The selling point here isn't the hardware, but the software features that LG has added on top of Android. Perhaps the most interesting is Q Pair – a features that pairs the tablet with any Android smartphone and allows all of the phone's features to be used through the tablet. Other software features include KnockOn to turn the screen on and off by double taping it, and Task Slider which allows for easy switching between up to 4 simultaneously running apps.
The G Pad 8.3 is set to launch in South Korea on October 14th. The worldwide rollout will start in November in North America and Europe, with other regions following by the end of the year. Prices in Korea start at a hefty 550 000 KRW (US$513). Pricing for other regions has not yet been announced, but if LG doesn't drop it significantly, the G Pad is going to have a hard time competing with the likes of the Nexus 7, innovative software or no.