Back in September, sources familiar with LG’s plans told Android Authority that the new G Pad tablet would be priced “very competitively” when it arrived. While no exact price was mentioned, it was believed the tablet would end up somewhere in the $300 range. Fast-forwarding to today, LG has now announced that the G Pad 8.3 is available in the U.S. market for $349.99.
The G Pad is a fairly attractive aluminum clad tablet with an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD display, a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB RAM and plenty of additional specs that make it a solid option when compared to other 7 and 8-inch tablets. Unfortunately, a price of $349.99 also makes it a bit more expensive than the iPad Mini and considerably more expensive than the Nexus 7. It is still cheaper than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, however.
At IFA, we walked away impressed by our experiences with the G Pad 8.3, and the new price tag doesn’t change that. The G Pad is certainly worth the asking price, though we’re afraid that at this price some folks will end up skipping over this one in favor of more popular alternatives.
For those that are more than willing to put down a little extra money for LG’s new tablet, you can pick up the G Pad online via Best Buy’s website starting today. The tablet will also start showing up at brick and mortar retailers (including Best Buy) on November 3rd.
How about it – interested in the LG G Pad 8.3? Conversely, do you feel the asking price is a bit on the high side?
LG Launches Perfect Companion To Your Android Smartphone, LG G Pad 8.3
LG Electronics today announced the U.S. launch of LG G Pad 8.3, a new device in the company’s premium “G” line of mobile products. Now available for purchase online at BestBuy.com, and in-store at retailers nationwide starting with Best Buy on November 3 for an MSRP of $349.99, LG G Pad 8.3 is the ideal Android companion and entertainment device, offering simple connectivity capabilities, a stunning 8.3-inch Full HD IPS display and an impressive suite of powerful features.
LG G Pad 8.3 offers easy-to-sync connectivity across all your Android mobile devices, including the new LG G2, with QPair*. When enabled with LG G Pad 8.3, QPair affords users a seamless extension to their Android smartphones by providing simultaneous access to recently opened apps, incoming calls, text messages and more. LG G Pad 8.3 users can even reply to texts and use LG features like QuickMemo to capture and comment on images, making mobile sharing effortless between LG G Pad 8.3 and other Android devices.
“From its light weight to its sleek design, LG G Pad 8.3 is the ultimate complement to the Android smartphone experience,” said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA. “LG G Pad 8.3 delivers top-notch viewing and entertainment for Android users with its impressive Full HD screen and useful, intuitive multitasking tools like those found in LG G2.”
As easy to handle as it is powerful, LG G Pad 8.3 features a large 8.3-inch Full HD IPS display with 273 pixels per inch for sharp detail, clarity and high-definition imagery. A long-lasting 4,600 mAh Li-Polymer battery and quad-core processor combines with the amazingly clear LG G Pad 8.3 display for comfortable viewing of your favorite video, eZine or graphics-intense mobile game.
Designed with an intuitive, simple user interface, LG G Pad 8.3 is ideal for efficiency and utilizes LG’s suite of multitasking capabilities, such as QSlide Function™ 2.0, which allows the user to float two apps over the main screen with adjustable window size and transparency. The new device also comes equipped with Slide Aside, letting users simply move between any three open applications with a swipe of three fingers, for faster and more productive multitasking.
Key Features Include:
Processor: 1.7 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600
Display: 8.3-inch, Full HD IPS (1920×1200 pixels/273 ppi)
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC ROM; microSD Slot up to 64 GB
Camera: 5MP AF BSI
Battery: 4,600 mAh Li-Polymer
Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
LG G Pad 8.3 is available online now at BestBuy.com and will be available in-store at retailers nationwide beginning with Best Buy on November 3. For more information and pricing details, please visit www.lg.com.