LG’s latest Android tablet, the G Pad 8.3 has been available for some time now, and for those that prefer stock Android, there’s the Google Play Edition available. Unfortunately for LG’s, rather good, Android tablet, it’s a crowded market out there and combating Samsung is never easy no matter which front you’re fighting on. Needless to say, the G Pad has hardly been a runaway success, despite its excellent build and spec sheet. One way in which tablets can often gain a little more attention, is through a release on a wireless carrier. After all, 4G LTE has made tablets a lot more useful while on the go and at 8.3-inches, the G Pad is both portable while still offering quite a bit more screen real estate. It seems that Verizon is LG’s carrier of choice for their tablet and we’ve been hearing that an LTE-capable version of the G Pad will be heading to Big Red shortly.
Now, that seems closer to reality as a device that has the exact same dimensions as the G Pad has swung by the FCC with support for LTE bands 4 and 13, otherwise known as Verizon’s 4G LTE bands. The model number listed is a little different from the WiFi-Only G Pad and Google Play Edition G Pad, which are V500 and V510, respectively. This tablet has the model number of VK810, but this is perhaps just to help LG differentiate between the other two variants as this LTE version will have to have slightly different hardware inside of it.
With the new Nexus 7 practically denied service on Verizon’s 4G for a long time, it’d be nice to see a decent tablet that Big Red actually do approve of and the G Pad wouldn’t be a bad addition to their lineup. With an 8.3-inch Full HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 at 1.7 Ghz and 2GB of RAM, it ticks all the right boxes and while it’s still running Android 4.2.2, an update to Android 4.4 is on the horizon from LG. How much Verizon and LG decide to charge for such a device however, will determine how popular the G Pad becomes on Big Red’s network. After all, the new Nexus 7 is still a great buy and you can practically take it to any network you like to get online.