An LG-made device bearing the model number LG-V530 was certified by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this month, a set of documents published by the federal agency revealed. While the newly unveiled product documentation doesn’t make any references to the commercial name of the device, accompanying illustrations indicate that the LG-V530 is a tablet, while the model number itself suggests the FCC certified a successor to last year’s LG G Pad X 8.0 that featured the model number LG-V520. Unsurprisingly, the device was manufactured in China and LG requested a standard six-month confidentiality period from the FCC, indicating the company is planning to release the G Pad X 8.0 (2017) this fall or sooner.
Seeing how the original LG G Pad X 8.0 launched in June 2016, the LG G Pad X 8.0 (2017) might actually be hitting the market in just a few months, though it remains to be seen whether the South Korean tech giant makes any particular announcements on the matter in the meantime. Last year, LG announced the G Pad X 8.0 only a few weeks before releasing it, so the company might opt for a similar approach to launching its successor. As for the device itself, the illustration that can be seen below suggests the LG G Pad X 8.0 (2017) will feature a rear camera in the top-right corner of its back plate, while another document indicates the tablet won’t have cellular connectivity, or at least the particular model that the FCC recently certified won’t. No other concrete information on the device is currently available, so it remains to be seen how exactly LG will improve upon its 2016 mid-range tablet.
The original LG G Pad X 8.0 featured an 8-inch display panel with a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels and was powered by the Snapdragon 615, Qualcomm’s mid-range system-on-chip (SoC) equipped with the Adreno 405 GPU. The device also boasted 2GB of RAM and shipped with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow running out of the box, in addition to sporting a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter. In light of that fact, LG’s upcoming tablet will likely launch with Nougat and sport a newer Qualcomm-made chip, though it remains to be seen whether the device ends up featuring more than 2GB of RAM.