LG lifts lid on G Pad 8.3 tabletBy Hanleigh Daniels 2 September 2013 | Categories: news
Hot on the heels of its G2 flagship smartphone announcement, LG Electronics has unveiled its new G Pad 8.3 tablet ahead of the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, which is taking place between 6 and 11 September.
The Korean firm’s G Pad 8.3 boasts a 8.3" WUXGA (1920 x 1200; 273 ppi) display, which easily bests that of the iPad mini (1024 x 768, 163 ppi). The G Pad 8.3’s touchscreen does however, come up a little short against Google’s new Nexus 7 (1200 x 1920; 323 ppi) due to that tablet’s smaller display footprint of 7".
Blistering performance on the tablet cards
The G Pad hits back though when it comes to processor power, since the tablet is powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz per core, and boasts 2 GB of LPDDR2 RAM. This should ensure that the G Pad tops the Nexus 7 and its ageing quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro during benchmarking tests at least.
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) handles the operating with LG adding some software enhancements into the mobile platform mix. These include Slide Aside, a multitasking feature and enables users to utilise a three finger swipe gesture to switch between currently running applications, and KnockON, which turns the tablet on or off when a user taps on the display twice.
Also onboard is 16 GB worth of eMMC storage, a sizeable 4600 mAh battery, and 5 MP rear-facing camera as well as a 1.3 MP front-facing snapper. Despite packing all these specs and features, the G Pad 8.3 is only 8.3 mm thick and weighs 338 g, making it nearly as portable as the iPad mini (7.2 mm thick; 312 g for the Wi-Fi + 3G version).
To the point
Spec wise, the G Pad 8.3 looks ready to shake things up in the hot 7"+ size segment of the burgeoning tablet market. If its priced competitively, the G Pad may have enough bullets in the feature chamber to make some holes in the iPad mini sales.
LG has not revealed any pricing or locally relevant release info yet, which will make its debut at the upcoming IFA 2013 trade show and start rolling out to markets around the globe during Q4.
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