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 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.
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If new Nexus 10 will price at $450, I will prefer that. Not LG
I wouldn’t be surprised if the new Nexus 10 (when released) starts at $400 for a 16GB and $500 for a 32GB like it is now.
Waiting for 2014 tablets…
Nice tablet, but the Nexus 7 still reigns king if bang for buck is important to you.
Dead on arrival at this price point. Come on, 120$ more than a Nexus 7 ??
You can’t compare it to the Nexus 7. This is a tablet that is going head to head with the iPad Mini. It is still DOA for this price because people will buy the iPad Mini over the GPad any day. With the marketing of Apple and the name “GPad”, people without good knowledge of the brands and specs will assume LG is just copying Apple and will follow the ads.
Its success depends upon how they market it. Its not a 7 inch tablet. Its a 8.3 inch tablet which is slightly bigger than the iPad Mini and slightly smaller than the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with if I’m not mistaken a quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and oh yeah access to the Google Play Store.
I have been researching tablets for my mother from 7 inches to 10 inches and this isn’t a bad deal. Of course the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is nice, but its $380. Its really all in what you want, but I wouldn’t call it a fail.
Sure this is my personal preference, but I think this is a better option that the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7′s screen is too small for a tablet, especially seeing as how they use onscreen keys that take up even more space. The total screen area on the Nexus 7 is 22.02 square inches whereas the G Pad 8.3 is 30.96 square inches which works out to 40.5% more screen area. Much more useful than the Nexus 7. Though part of my bias is that I already have the Note 3, so an increase of 1.3″ is barely noticeable. Not to mention it has a larger battery, faster processor, and a MicroSD slot.
It’s $50.00+ more then it should be…
It will be trounced on by the iPad Mini v2, especially if the specs are true!
Not bad, I like the size, I like the resolution, I like the sd card. But for $350.00 I find it a deal breaker only because of these gripes:
2 gb of ram is DDR2 not DDR3, boo.
16gb internal, s/b 32gb internal, boo.
USB 2.0, not USB 3.0, sort of boo.
Samsung has all the cool internals, but no ports and ASUS has all the cool ports but with a tegra processor. Can us the consumers please get the best of both!!! I still have a tablet from 2010 because I am left unimpressed across the board.
This pad is for the must haves micro SD slot. Its not priced competitively, but its not over priced either. Its superior to iPad mini in every way and its only $30 more….
wow what they are even thinking by pricing it at $350. Buyers now always compare android stuff with Apple stuff. I don’t care how powerful/good it is. It’s still in 8 inch tablet category, and more expensive than the ipad mini = fail
So close! It would be a no-brainer at $300 but now I am really caught between the Dell Venue 8, Nexus 7, and LG G Pad. Progressively getting better specs and higher price. help!
Don’t ever buy windows RT tablets
1. The dell Venue 8 is and android tablet 2. The dell venue 8 PRO, their windows tablet, is full windows
I’ll wait for Nexus to come out with an 8″ tablet, still lovin’ my nexus 7 at this point…
Once Apple introduces the mini and the new Note 8.0 comes out later the LG
G Pad will have issues with sales. It should have been priced at 320. The iPad
mini coming out with better specs and Retina plus the price will not change
because Apple charged it high for a reason so they can later introduce it with
Retina and not change the price. The Note 8.0 will come out with better specs
as well and it will have the software the Note 10.1 2014 version has so this
will be a much better product to spend on for a merely $50.00 more.
What we’re you saying about the iPad mini price?
Yeah… so the LG GPad ends up being the cheapest of all 8 inchers.. Who would’ve guessed?
This was a surprise that they raised the price so I see no issues with consumers making the decision to go elsewhere with tablets versus the mini. If the mini had no price change then that would had affected sales for LG.