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LG GPad Might Just Hit the 8-inch Full HD Sweet Spot

August 16, 2013 - Written By Nick Sutrich

 

LG has officially dropped the Optimus name with the unveiling of the LG G2 just last week, and is now moving on to doing the same with their other products.  While the above picture is of LG’s previous entry in to the tablet market, the Optimus Pad, LG trademarked a number of new “G Products” back in July, and one of them is of course the GPad.  Today’s rumor from Cult of Android expands upon what we had already heard about LG’s new tablet and gives us a look at a possible new function of this tablet: phone calls.  Yes that’s right, LG might ship an 8.3-inch tablet with call-enabled SIM support, meaning you can use this as a full-fledged phone.  Will anyone do such a thing?  It’s entirely possible, especially given that the latest rumors point to an incredibly thin bezel, essentially putting this 8.3-inch screen on a 7-inch tablet body.

We’re also seeing some more info from Techblog, a Greek outlet claiming to be in the know when it comes to the LG GPad.  That 8.3-inch screen is going to be full HD with a 1920 x 1200 resolution panel, meaning that you’re getting a comfortable 272 pixels per inch.  This is compared with the Nexus 7’s 323 pixels per inch at the same 1920 x 1200 resolution, but of course the screen is 1.3 inches smaller as well.  Having a bigger display on the same sized body could be a real advantage for LG when it releases the GPad in the near future.  Being a tablet there are some concerns of comfort when it comes to bezel sizes, which is why bezels around the screen have traditionally been fairly large.  We’ll have to see just how comfortable the GPad is without this larger bezel. Behind the glass you’ll find:

  • Quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3G and LTE

All this adds up to a high-end tablet experience that should prove to be an interesting competitor when it comes to market later this year. We’re not sure whether or not the quad-core processor is a Snapdragon 600 or 800, or if LG will be pulling a Google and using a Snapdragon S4 Pro instead.  The S4 Pro used in the Nexus 7 is almost as fast as the Snapdragon 600 found in the HTC One and Galaxy S4, among other phones released recently.  Regardless  we expect that this tablet will have lots of horsepower given what LG packed inside the G2.  An official announcement is expected at IFA in Berlin in just 3 short weeks.