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.