LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition now available, $349 with free shipping

by: Bogdan PetrovanDecember 10, 2013

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Google put on sale two new Google Play edition devices, the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Earlier today, files from LG’s open source site revealed that a Google Play edition of the G Pad 8.3 was coming, and now we have the real deal. The device is currently available in the Play Store in the United States only, with no word on the extension of its availability in other parts of the world.

The LG G Pad 8.3 GPe comes with a Full HD display that is slightly larger than the Nexus 7’s (now also available in a white option), which means it’s not as crisp as the Asus-made slate, though at 273ppi, it’s probably good enough for most users. A Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM ensure that the G Pad 8.3 GPe will blaze through any task you can throw at it. You also get a 4,600 mAh battery and a relatively decent rear camera.

The strongest suit of the G Pad is probably its sleek design, which combines an aluminum backplate with a white polycarbonate. At 8.3mm in thickness and just 338 grams in weight, you get a solid, yet elegant tablet that arguably looks better than competitors in its price range. One extra benefit of picking up a G Pad 8.3 is that you get a microSD card, a feature you don’t get on a Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire HDX.

Check out or hands-on review of the G Pad 8.3.

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition is now available in the Play Store for $349, the same price as the regular version. For a limited time, Google offers free ground shipping, so you should probably make up your mind quickly. The device ships in 1-2 days, according to the Play Store.

  • jubby2000

    Alright so riddle me this: An 8″ tablet is $349 and a 6″ smartphone is $649. Do cellular antennas really cost $300 to manufacture and install? I don’t understand the gap.

    • waterproof thing, materials, but it’s overpriced yes

    • Shark Bait

      Yup over priced. Margins are much tighter on tablets thanks to the nexus 7 and kindle fire. Unfortunate it had yet to happen to phones

    • Guest1980

      Lots of licensing fees need to be applied

    • BB BB

      Carriers carriers carriers. They are the reason why phones cost $700+ outright.

      Don’t forget that the gpad has an s600 which is a lower cost chip than the s800.

    • MadCowOnAStick

      Nexus 5 is $349 xD

      • Andy

        Google make the money back with ads n other G’ service but most other manufacturer don’t

  • Jack Parker

    Google is just on it recently, 3 new devices so to speak and updates coming from left right and centre!

  • Stranger from a Far Coast

    Hope and pray hardest that Google play edition comes to Galaxy S5 in the future too.

  • KP Singh

    thats why google skip nexus 10 this year..next time google will stop nexus 7..i think so

  • Phil

    Basically who cares if there is no LTE version?
    Anyone know why GPad8.3 both LG UI and GPE have no LTE?
    Any suggestions?

  • mustbepbs

    We’ve got official CM 11 support now!

  • Androidway

    Nexus 7 FTW.

  • iamtravis182

    I would be excited if it wasn’t for LG’s crappy logo on the face of the device.

  • Rhino”

    why is there never any international sales on these devices?