LG have announced that their G Pad 8.3 Android tablet will be available to buy in 30 countries by the end of 2013, with the G Pad 8.3 being available in South Korea in retail shops and online from the 14th October.
LG's latest foray into the fiercely contested Android tablet market sees the release of a uniquely sized 8.3 inch tablet. LG claims that the 8.3 inch size is the result of consulting with consumers aged between 20,and 60 about the optimum size that a tablet should be, as well as the required level of comfort whilst the tablet is being held one-handed. The South Korean manufacturer even goes so far as to claim that the G Pad 8.3 is a palm-sized design.
Unlike LG's previous tablet offering was the Optimus Pad(or G Slate as it was known in some markets), that was overpriced, and boasted having dubious features such as 3D recording and cheesy red and blue anaglyph 3D effects, the G Pad 8.3 looks to be a much better offering.
LG G Pad 8.3 specifications Size:
- 216.8 mm x 126.5mm
- Weight 338g
- Available in Black or White
- Qualcomm Snapdragon â„¢ chipset 1.7 G H z Quad 600
- Display 8.3inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200, 273ppi)
- 5 MP rear facing camera / 1.3 MP front facing camera
- Battery 4600mAh
- 2GB LPDDR2 memory
- 16GB internal storage
- MicroSD support up to 64GB
- Android OS 4.2.2 jelly bean
- GPS (GLONASS)
- 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual (2.4/5GHz)
- BT 4.0 LE
- Miracast support
LG have attempted to create a truly connected experience with the inclusion of the Q Pair application (as pictured above). Q Pair allows the tablet user to view every call and message received on their smart phone, giving them the ability to either take the call or reject it with a text. Needless to say you can also reply to texts via the Q Pair app, which is compatible with most manufacturers phones which have Android Jelly Bean firmware installed. Q Pair will be available for download from the Google Play Store.
The G Pad 8.3 also offers some of the same features as the newly released G2 smartphone, which include :
- Slide Aside, which enables seamless multitasking by simply "sliding" currently open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.
- QSlide controls up to three different apps in one window with no interruption, especially convenient on a large screen.
- KnockON turns the device on and off by tapping the display twice.
Since LG have announced the imminent release of the G Pad 8.3, all that really remains to be found out is what the tablet will be priced at. So far the G Pad 8.3 has been rumoured to start at a fairly reasonable price of $299 for the wifi version, with a wallet cringing price of $515 being touted for South Korea.
With the trend towards bigger screened smartphones continuing, have 7 inch tablets become too small? I've always been a fan of the 8-ish inch range of tablets, especially the old Samsung Tab 8.9, so I'm looking to getting my hands on the G Pad 8.3. Let us know if it floats your boat as well in the comment section