Last week LG released a teaser video for the G Pad 8.3 tablet, where it asked members of the public what they’d like to see from a tablet. Now, just a few days before the start of the IFA tech show in Berlin, it has made the tablet official. So, can it live up to the public’s expectation?
As is obvious from the name, the G Pad has an 8.3-inch touchscreen, and the resolution matches that of the Nexus 7 at 1920 x 1200. Powering the tablet is a quad-core, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, which should provide plenty of performance for most tasks, from playing HD movies to the latest games.
Android 4.2.2 is LG’s choice of operating system, to which it has added a few of its own apps, including the ability to display and operate three apps at once, and the chance to pair the tablet with any Android Jelly Bean smartphone to display call information and notifications. A few gesture controls taken from the LG G2 smartphone will also appear, such as KnockON, where a double tap on the screen wakes the device.
Additional features include 1 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel video call camera, either 16GB or 32GB of memory, 2GB of RAM, plus a sizable 4600mAh battery. The tablet will be available in either black or white colour schemes when it goes on sale, which it’s going to do sometime before Christmas.
The make or break for LG’s return to the tablet world is the G Pad 8.3’s price, which hasn’t been confirmed at this point. More information should come soon.