The G Pad will use GF2 display technology, same as in next iPad

August 26, 2013
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Expected at IFA, the LG G Pad will feature a film-based touch panel for reduced thickness and weight. Apple uses the same tech on its tablets.

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After a two-year self-imposed absence from the tablet market, LG plans to make a splashy comeback with the G Pad, and 8.3-inch tablet we expect to see at IFA next week.

According to Korean media, the G Pad will feature a 1920 x 1200 LCD display with a film-based touch panel technology dubbed GF2, that is similar to the touch panel that Apple deployed on the iPad mini and is likely to use on the upcoming iPad 5.

What is GF2 and why is it important? To understand, you need to know that most touchscreen displays are composed of several layers, including a touch panel, which detects when the user touches the screen and translates it into a signal that the processor can work with.

In most designs, touch panels are made of glass, which has some drawbacks – glass is relatively thick, heavy, and it also breaks easily. To mitigate these problems, some display manufacturers have replaced the glass-based touch panel with one that is based on a plastic film. The film is cheaper, lighter, and much thinner than glass, which enables device makers to shave off a little bit more from the girth of their devices.

One of the first manufacturers to use a film-based touch panel was Apple, on the iPad mini. According to the WSJ, the same tech will allow the Cupertino company to make the iPad 5 lighter and thinner than previous generations.

If this report from Korea Herald is accurate, LG will benefit from the same advantages by using a GF2 film-based panel on the G Pad. That gives LG the liberty to design a thinner, lighter device, but the Korean company could also use the leeway to put a bigger battery on the G Pad.

While the display of the G Pad might be cutting edge, the cameras won’t impress, claims the same report. LG is apparently betting that people will prefer to use their smartphones for taking pictures (preferably the OIS-enabled LG G2), so it won’t bother putting high-end shooters on the G Pad. The device will reportedly feature a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front one.

LG reportedly hopes to sell one million tablets in 2014. After an IFA debut, the G Pad will go on sale in the first markets in the following weeks.

Comments

  • danderson10k

    Another new Android device with some great features and impressive build quality to launch this month is from tablet-maker Pipo Electronics… the new Pipo M7 Pro($255) offers a 8.9 inch display with 1900X1200 screen resolution that uses Samsung PLS technology, along with a Quad core processor, and built in GPS navigation– and is packed with features that compare to the new LG -G… the Pipo M7 Pro also offers speakers with premium sound quality, WiFi with both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz frequencies for greater connection, a 6300 mAh battery, as well as the choice of using standard Android O/S or a Windows style User Interface that makes the Android experience much more intuitive and easier to use… and a 3G HSPA+ edition is available for $30-more which works with any GSM Carrier, including AT&T and T-Mobile, and an Android phone SIM card may be used interchangeably with both phone and tablet for Internet-data connection–

    One source this new model is available through is–T a b l e t S p r i n t–

    • MasterMuffin

      YIPPEE…

    • Joshua Hill

      It’s got a GPU that is over 2 years old and won’t power a 1200p display with modern games. Why do you keep pushing this mediocrity on Android tech sites. The people that visit here are too well informed to buy the POS you’re peddling.

  • James LaBarre

    Does it have a SD (or at least microSD) slot? If not, then I’m not interested.

  • acey_zero

    I feel like I must be missing something. Some years back all smarphones, etc used plastic screens. Then they went to glass which is indeed more brittle, but is very scratch resistant and I must admit offers a very nice feel compared to the old plastic screens.

    Now they are going back to plastic and trying to sell it as an upgrade? Wouldn’t it scratch very easily and probably have a worse feel? Or is there something special about this plastic?

    Honest question.

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      This is about the touch panel, which is the layer between the display itself and the glass on top that the user touches. So you’ll still have glass on top, but underneath it the trend is to move to plastic.

      • acey_zero

        Oh, I see. Thanks!

  • Ruz

    Awesome work.. everyone working in line with Sony