LG G Pad 8.3 officially unveiled, to be available starting October

September 1, 2013
    After a brief teasing campaign, LG today lift the veil on the G Pad 8.3, a Full HD 8.3-inch tablet running Android 4.2.2.

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    That was fast – after on Monday, LG published a quick teaser video for the upcoming LG G Pad 8.3, today the device is official.

    The G Pad 8.3 is according to its maker the first 8-inch tablet to offer a Full HD display. More precisely, we’re looking at a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) LCD display that clocks in at a pixel density of 273 ppi, which is great, but slightly lower than that of the G Pad’s direct competitor, the Nexus 7 (2013).

    Powering everything is a Snapdragon 600 processor, along with 2GB of RAM. LG put a 4,600mAh battery inside the G Pad 8.3, which is impressively thin, at 8.3mm. Speaking of dimensions, the G Pad weighs 338 grams. A 5MP main camera and a 1.3MP front one complete the LG G Pad 8.3 spec sheet.

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    The G Pad 8.3 will run Android 4.2.2 at launch, with the Optimus UI overlay on top and some of the new software features that LG introduced on the G2 smartphone. Users will be able to wake up the G Pad with two light taps using the KnockOn feature, just like on the G2. Other notable software features include the QSlide multitasking, which allows three apps to run at the same time on the screen, and Slide Aside, a way to switch between apps using a three-finger swipe.

    Users of the LG G2 will get to pair with the G Pad 8.3 to receive messages and notifications right on the tablet and even “send simple replies”.

    In the press release below, LG announces that the G Pad 8.3 will officially be introduced at IFA next week. We’ll be there for some hands-on time with the G Pad and to bring you our first impressions.

    The G Pad 8.3 will hit markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, starting in Q4 2013, or as soon as October. There’s no official word on pricing yet, but we do hope  that the G Pad will be price competitive with the Nexus 7 (2013) and other Android tablets in its class.

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    SEOUL, Sep. 1, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today announced the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, the latest addition to its G Series lineup of premium mobile devices. The all-new LG G Pad 8.3 boasts the first Full HD display on an 8-inch class tablet, a unique user-experience and wide range of connectivity features. Set to officially debut next week at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, the LG G Pad 8.3 builds on the recent launch of the LG G2 superphone, reinforcing LG’s commitment to leadership in advanced mobile devices through its premium G Series products.

     

    “Complementing our G Series smartphones, the introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 further strengthens LG’s premium lineup consisting of our most cutting-edge devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate.”

     

    Pocket-Sized Portability with Powerful Battery

    Despite its large display, the LG G Pad 8.3 features a slim and sleek form factor that is comfortable enough to hold in one hand. Such compact portability is based on LG’s learning from consumers regarding the optimum size of a tablet. While maintaining its portability, the LG G Pad 8.3 squeezes in a powerful 4600mAh battery for long-lasting usage time but is still as light as a newspaper at just 338g.

     

    First Full HD Display Tablet in 8-inch Class

    Incorporating a key attribute of other premium G Series devices including the G Pro and G2 smartphones, the LG G Pad 8.3 is the first 8-inch class tablet to offer a Full HD display. The G Pad is equipped with a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) display capable of delivering picture quality with even higher resolution than a standard Full HD display. In addition, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 Processor with 1.7GHz Quad-Core CPU enhances the viewing experience with powerful performance as users will be able to enjoy Full HD content without any compromise.

     

    True Convergence Experience with QPair

    The LG G Pad 8.3 meets the demanding requirements of the convergence age by improving connectivity between multiple devices. With the unique QPair app, every call and message received on a smartphone will appear on the G Pad for a true convergence experience. Users can then send simple replies through the LG G Pad 8.3. QPair also allows the G Pad to easily connect to other manufacturers’ smartphone and tablets (Jelly Bean OS recommended). Notes created on the G Pad’s QMemo can be seamlessly saved into users’ smartphones and shared from either device.

     

    User Experience Maximized for a Tablet

    The LG G Pad 8.3 offers practical features that provide real-life benefits, such as enhanced multitasking. Thanks to its 8.3-inch Full HD Display, user experience (UX) features unique to the LG G Pad 8.3 are maximized for the large screen:

     

    1. Slide Aside enables seamless multitasking by simply “sliding” currently open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe
    2. QSlide controls up to three different apps in one window with no interruption, especially convenient on a large screen
    3. KnockON turns the device on and off by tapping the display twice

     

    The LG G Pad 8.3 will be rolled out globally in key markets including North America, Europe and Asia as well as other regions starting in the fourth quarter of 2013. Prices will be announced at launch time.

    Key Specifications:

    • - Processor: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 Processor
    • - Display: 8.3-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels / 273 ppi)
    • - Memory: 16GB eMMC
    • - RAM: 2GB LPDDR2
    • - Camera: Rear 5.0MP / Front 1.3MP
    • - Battery: 4,600mAh
    • - Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
    • - Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
    • - Weight: 338g
    • - Colors: Black / White

    Comments

    • VicMatson

      I would love one, but this Android 4.2.2 is bothering me. They are giving this thin birth with an old OS, and as we all know it may not ever get 4.3 or better!

      • Cal Rankin

        at least it’s 4.2.2. It seems most manufacturers are content with leaving 4.1.1 on their devices. At least daydreams, multiple profiles, Photo Sphere, and lock-screen widgets will still be there.

    • Bone

      LG is doing an incredible fine job copying Samsung, the G Pro is basically a FHD Note II with their version of multi-tasking, S-view cover, S-beam, S-note, S-camera etc., and this looks like one of the new Galaxy Tabs, but you know what? The LG G2 loos like a winner to me and this one with the proper tablet size, which is 8″ IMO, looks like another superb device. Copying and improving something good is never bad from the consumer standpoint

      • MasterMuffin

        They’re copying but making everything better at the same time (except for the skin, it’s horrible)

      • Cal Rankin

        The 3-way multitasking looks pretty cool, and the G2 looks fantastic, but I’m waiting until the next Nexus comes out before I jump into another contract with the G2

    • Jusephe

      Why is see the difference between a small tablet and big phone wanishing ???

      This is basically a giant LG G2…

    • MasterMuffin

      they should have used that back for the G2! The glossy plastic back of G2 is horrible! Anyways, this seems like a solid device (hopefully eats some sales from iPad mini 2!)

      • Dhruv

        you are everywhere MasterMuffin!!

        • MasterMuffin

          I here that a lot :D

      • williaman

        Another new Android tablet to launch this month with some great features is the Pipo M7 Pro – £159 ($255) — which packs in a solid device with a competitive price and compares to the new Nexus 7, while offering a larger 8.9 inch 1900X1200 PLS display (Samsung brand), along with Quad Core performance, with a Rockchip 3188/1.6 GHz processor /2GB Ram – which handles most tablet needs quite well, including 3D gaming… with one comparative test, the new Riptide GP2 – performing flawlessly; also featured is built-in GPS navigation, MicroSD memory, premium dual speakers, a 6300 mAh battery, Dual WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz), Bluetooth, Dual Cameras, and the option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user-friendly Windows style interface; and a 3G HSPA+ edition is also available for slightly more–

        One source with more information on this new device is –T ab l e t S p r i n t– which also features details of a few other new models worth reviewing to be released later this month.

      • TeresaWaters1

        One other new Android tablet to launch this month with some great features is the Pipo M7 Pro – £159 ($255) — which packs in a solid device with a competitive price and compares to the new Nexus 7, while offering a larger 8.9 inch 1900X1200 PLS display (Samsung brand), along with Quad Core performance, with a Rockchip 3188/1.6 GHz processor /2GB Ram – which handles most tablet needs quite well, including 3D gaming… with one comparative test, the new Riptide GP2 – performing flawlessly; also featured is built-in GPS navigation, MicroSD memory, premium dual speakers, a 6300 mAh battery, Dual WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz), Bluetooth, Dual Cameras, and the option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user-friendly Windows style interface; and a 3G HSPA+ edition is also available for slightly more…

        One source with more info on this new device is –T ab l e t S p r i nt– which also features details of a few other new models worth reviewing to be released later this month.

        • MasterMuffin

          yippee -_-

      • BB BB

        Agreed. Optimus G looked all business the G2 plastic doesn’t.

    • Jin

      the specs kinda look low

      • Ryan Castle

        You’re just nitpicking here. You just want that Snapdragon 800 for bragging with AnTuTu scores.

        If this is priced at or below iPad Mini price, it’s a winner.

    • Rohit Naik

      Nice article

      I have brought this phone last month

      Very good phone

      Better than most of the phone under 15 k

      Please suggest me how I can improve upon my video

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF5jUp0TCX0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • Rohit Naik

      Should I wait for the nexus 5 or buy the LG G2
      Will it be launched in India

      • Maher Salti

        if you’re patient wait.. Nexus will be cheaper and up to date firmware, possibly android 5.0

      • Cal Rankin

        Hold off. Potentially it will be much cheaper, and will be an unlocked device with multiple carrier LTE support.

    • Jimmy

      The battery, Cameras and the weight are the same with Note 8. Bigger display & better resolution with the same battery ….?

    • Jason Bailey

      Nice to see some sensibly small side bezels.

    • nebsif

      Think it will be easy to root and stuff? If it has unlockable boot loader I might buy it instead of xperia tab z

      • Maher Salti

        best to check xda on LG’s past devices.. then you can predict yourself..

    • Pablo Ureña Iriarte

      Veamos cuanto cuesta……

    • Sameer Iqubal Siddiqui

      Nice Post, Also Check Out :
      Increased Android Fragmentation Creates A Problem For Google, Users Unable to update their android handsets :

      http://realhackerspoint.blogspot.in/2013/09/Unable-to-update-android.html

    • Cal Rankin

      Hope this is relatively inexpensive, or I’ll just buy a Nexus 7. LG has to keep this below $329, or the uneducated masses will go for the iPad mini, because LG doesn’t have as much brand power with the masses as Samsung does (how else can they get away with charging $399 for the Note 8?). Nevertheless, I like that the screen is 8 inches, but it needs to have a good price tag to be able to sell.

      • Valtheus

        I already went for the Nexus 7 2013. It might feel nice to get new OS updates as soon as they come out. Might even get android 5 KLP with it! ;)

    • Collin dubya

      I won’t make a decision on this until i see what support is has for custom roms

      • D3Seeker

        Tempted to do the same, Though I’m in need so might have to be an early adopter

    • quadtronix

      Just bought the N7 (2013) but this LG tablet looks promising. I wouldn’t trade in my N7 for it but might have to rock both if the price is right… Ahhhhh! Will it ever end?

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