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.
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.
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:
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.