The Wi-Fi only model of LG’s G Pad has been available since November, but we’re still waiting on word of when the mobile data model will launch. While we’re still being left in the dark in that respect, @evleaks is now claiming that when it does arrive, it’ll launch on Verizon’s network. Other details are non-existent considering @evleaks revealed this information in six-word tweet, so we’re just going to have to sit tight and wait for more information.
The G Pad is just LG’s second Android tablet after the LG Optimus Pad, which launched way back in the Honeycomb days. The G Pad features an 8.3-inch screen displaying at 1920×1200 resolution, with a quad-core Krait 300 processor clocked at 1.7GHz running under the hood. The tablet includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of microSD expandable internal storage, with a 5MP camera taking up residence on the backside of the device.
Hardware-wise, it isn’t too bad of a tablet, but from a software standpoint, it’s already fallen a couple of Android versions behind. The G Pad ships running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which might be an annoyance for some folks who like to be as up-to-date as possible. If you don’t mind picking up the Wi-Fi only version of the device, you might want to check out the Google Play edition, which ships with stock Android 4.4 Kit Kat. This means that not only will you be getting a G Pad running a more recent version of Android, but you’ll be free from LG’s Optimus UI.
The Google Play edition of the G Pad comes with a $349.99 price tag, and at the moment, it isn’t certain how much that price will change with the jump to carriers. It seems safe to assume that the mobile data version will cost more than the Wi-Fi only models just because of the extra hardware, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Verizon (or any other carriers that end up selling the G Pad for that matter) offer a discount with a contract. There’s plenty left to find out about this rumored Verizon launch for the G Pad, so stay tuned for additional details.