At IFA last week, we got to spend some time with LG’s new tablet, the G Pad 8.3, and we have to say that we came out quite impressed. The G Pad 8.3 is solid and well designed, boasts a decent spec sheet, and some of its software features, like Q Pair, really add value for the user.
However, in the small tablet space (7 to 8 inches), there’s one aspect that can really make or break a device, and that is the price. The LG G Pad 8.3 will face off popular devices like the Nexus 7 (2013), which starts at $230, the Apple iPad Mini, which starts at $329, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, starting from $380. So, how competitively priced will the G Pad be?
Sources familiar with the matter told Android Authority that the LG G Pad 8.3 would be priced “very competitively”. While our sources couldn’t confirm the final price, they did say that it could be in the $300 range.
At $300, the LG G Pad 8.3 would be priced quite reasonably for what it offers: an aluminum build, a crisp Full HD LCD display, and a fast Snapdragon 600 processor. Most importantly, it would be cheaper than both the iPad Mini (2012, and probably 2013 edition) and the Galaxy Note 8. The Nexus 7 (2013) is still cheaper, but the device is not accessible internationally at a good price point, like it is in the US and the other markets where Google sells it from the Play Store.
As for the LG G Pad 8.3 release date, our sources told us to expect it “towards the end of September.” We assume that LG will go for a staged rollout, so don’t expect to see the G Pad 8.3 available in stores worldwide this September. We officially know, however, that LG wants to offer the G Pad 8.3 in 30 countries by the end of 2013, which fits in nicely with a debut in late September.
Stay tuned for more coverage, and we’ll keep an eye out as more info on the LG G Pad 8.3′s release date and pricing becomes available.
Update: While our sources report that the LG G Pad 8.3 will be “competitively priced” and could be around $300, Chinese site Zol is now reporting that the exact price will be $299. Keep in mind that LG has yet to confirm device pricing one way or another, so it’s important to treat this claim as a rumor for now. If the G Pad really does come in at $299, LG’s latest tablet could end up as a major homerun for the company.
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This is very enticing since we have no Play Store devices here in PH..
A “Best Buy” for tablets include the new release of the Pipo M7 Pro ($255) — available in the U.S. through T ablet S print–
The Pipo M7 Pro is made by Pipo Electronics and packs in a solid device with a competitive price and compares to the upcoming LG G-pad – while offering a larger 8.9 inch 1900X1200 display (Samsung PLS technology), along with a Quad-Core processor – 1.6 GHz / 2GB Ram – 16GB memory; and built-in GPS, Bluetooth, MicroSD memory, premium speakers, a 6300 mAh battery, Dual WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz), quality Dual Cameras, and an option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user friendly Windows style
interface; also available is a 3G HSPA+ edition for slightly more that provides internet access through Wireless Carriers.
Btw will the lg g pad BE wifi only or will they be a model with 3g/lte ? Just the way Samsung does..you can make calls also !!!
WiFi only as far as I know.
They do have a LTE version, I believe they were talking about it being sold through Verizon. This is just off what I remember from articles when the G Pard was just starting to be leaked… so I’m not sure if I’m entirely accurate.
I just saw Wikipedia for g pad
It says wifi & wifi + 3g & wifi + 4g models
I have my fingers crossed
Well, the price in Germany is not competitive at all, as it is listed for €399, which is about $530. (See http://www.getgoods.de/detail/index/sArticle/944441?zanpid=1812481483861210113&userid=1361754&mobileCancel=1). We’ll have to see.
Maybe you should read the very bottom of the page that you posted… The price include VAT (value added tax), shipping fee, and a handlers fee!!! Anyway everything in Europe is expensive, because the people let it happen… I’m currently living in Neu-Ulm Germany, and can’t wait to get back to the USA.
Thats is just a silly place holder for the real price, as usual it will probably be 299 Euro and that is inclusive our silly 19% sales tax. Pre tax that makes 251 euro or 326 Dollar, Not all that much more my friend.
Wait 3 months and you will find it for 249.
At $300 I’m sold, but somehow I kind of doubt it will be that low. I’m betting it will be $350. I currently have the new nexus 7, but 7″ is too small for me in a 5″ screen smartphone world. One question though. They’ve said that qpair will give you a notification if you receive a sms on your phone, but will it let you reply to the message from you tablet?
Well that is the idea. You can receive, and reply to both text messages, and calls from the tablet via Qpair.. Hopefully it works really well. I’m liking this tablet so far, especially at a $300 price point :P
I’m also scared it will be higher, but LG usually has some top of the line specs. Somehow that Snapdragon 600 is indicating to me that $300 might not be out of the realm of reality. I’d guess it’ll be under $325.
I’m trying to not get my hopes up and keep a straight face, but the little tech geek inside of my is about to burst out with how excited I would be about getting this tablet if it’s $300.. It’d be cool to end the year with the new LG nexus 5, and the LG G pad. They will complement each other very well.
I’ll be picking up the G2 myself, but yeah your right, the G Pad would be a nice complement.. Nexus 5 or G2 regardless
Yes it will..you can reply from the tablet
You can even cancel incoming calls with a message from tablet
Works with any android phone with jb 4.1 & above
Great looking “little” tablet but a major flaw with the use of DDR2 instead of DDR3 memory…why?
Why do you have same exact article with this site?
Are you sister sites or what?
Sister sites, as in they steal our stuff :(
Can’t you complain or report..shut down the site?? Actually many Indian tech sites also copy your articles n paste as they own
Their idea of “very competitively” must mean 10 entire dollars cheaper than an iPad.
At least the price can be justified with the G Pad.
do you expect stylus for 300$ , something is wrong than.
Actually a simple stylus only costs aroun 5$ consumer price.
I imagine companies get them for 2-3$ so yeah, they could bundle one with it.
Yes but having specific software optimised for use with the stylus is where the cost to LG is. Otherwise, why bother.
hmmm n7 has the exact same specs the s4 actually has a modified snapdragon 300 core same as wat is in 600 processor and 7 inches is far better for hand held devices and is 1/3 cheaper …..
Lg g pad looks premium with aluminum back..
$299 for Wi-Fi with 16gb + micro sd slot n q-pair(any android phone)
Where is the Spen?
You know, after getting the G2 I am very VERY impressed with LG. I think I would definitely pick this up!
If this thing is in the $300 range, then I’m all over it! I have a 2013 N7 now, and I like it, but I would like a little larger screen….this seems like it may be the sweet spot for me….So if this thing has the performance, and the build quiality that most of the first hand reviews have reported, then I’m in!!
How much storage does it have? If it doesn’t have at least 64GB or a MicroSD port, I’ll skip this.
It’s sporting 16GB and a microSD port