After showing it’s latest tablet at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, LG Mobile has finally announced the official (UK) release of the G Pad 8.3 Android tablet. The LG G Pad 8.3 marks LG’s re-entry into the UK tablet market, having previously offered the over-priced Optimus Pad 8.9, which although it offered 3D recording and the ability to view 3D content old-school style via red-cyan spectacles, didn’t set the market alight. It has taken LG two and a half years to bring a new tablet to market.
“The introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 is another great step in design and technology from LG and shows that the G Series is going from strength to strength,” said Andy Coughlin, Head of Mobile for LG UK. “Just like the LG G2, the G Pad 8.3 delivers cutting-edge technology in a slim and sleek form, and is just the product for our re-entry into the UK tablet market.”
The G Pad 8.3 is to be rolled out across the UK and Ireland in the build-up to christmas, having exclusively partnered with IT trade distributor Micro P to supply retailers in the UK, with Harvey Norman offering the G Pad 8.3 tablet via its retail and online stores in the Irish market. The UK release marks the beginning of a global roll-out for the G Pad 8.3, with LG aiming to have the tablet available in 30 markets by year-end. No doubt the G Pad will be available from the usual outlets.
LG G Pad 8.3 specifications
Processor: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ 600 Processor
Display: 8.3-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels / 273 ppi)
Memory: 16GB eMMC
RAM: 2GB LPDDR2
Camera: Rear 5.0MP / Front 1.3MP
Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
Colours: Black / White
The G Pad 8.3 arrives with LG’s innovative QPair app, which allows users to receive smartphone calls and messages through their G Pad 8.3 and to send simple replies.
The LG G Pad 8.3 will be available at the suggested retail price (SRP) of £259. Which seems reasonable when considering the level of specification the 8.3 boasts. It remains to be seen whether the SRP will be discounted though in the coming months in order to better compete with the Nexus 7 and Kindle tablet offerings.
I quite like the look of LG’s G Pad 8.3 (despite the name of the tablet not exactly rolling off the tongue) and can’t wait to get my grubby hands on one. Let us know if you think the price is right in the comments or via our Google Plus page.
*In previous articles relating to the tablet, it has been noted more than once that the G Pad 8.3 does include MicroSD support. This has not yet been officially confirmed in the specification sheet given by LG.