LG G Pad 8.3 unboxing and first impressions

by: Andrew GrushOctober 18, 2013

Back at IFA we had a chance to briefly get our hands on the LG G Pad 8.3, and overall we found ourselves reasonably impressed by what LG had to offer. Of course, you can only learn so much about a tablet in such a brief amount of time. Luckily we now have a review unit of the G Pad on hand and can dive in a bit deeper.

An official review is coming down the pipe-line in the near future, but for now we’ll start by taking LG’s latest tablet out of the box. As you can see in the video above, the LG G Pad 8.3 is an absolutely gorgeous-looking tablet with a premium aluminum clad back. It also has a large 8.3-inch display, while still being fairly easy to hold with one hand – even if our very own Josh Vergara did note that the tablet is a bit on the hefty side at 338 grams.

The LG G Pad 8.3 also features impressive specs for a smaller-sized tablet, with a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB RAM, an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD display, a 4,600 mAh battery, a 5MP main cam and a 1.3MP front cam. In terms of software, the tablet has some pretty cool special features such as ‘Q Pair’ which allows you to easily sync notifications, memos and alerts from your phone over to the G Pad.

If you think that the G Pad 8.3 might be right up your alley, you can pick up the tablet for $349.99 via Best Buy in the U.S., and it should soon being making its way to select retailers in other markets across the globe.

To learn more about the LG G Pad, be sure to check out our previous coverage. As already mentioned, we’ll also be bringing you a full review soon – so stay tuned to Android Authority!

  • lalala

    dont hope to receive any software updates from lg…shame tho as it has a decent hardware…skip lg products because of that.unless its a nexus lol

    • AndroidBrian

      You can say that about every manufacturer. Unless you buy it on the Google play store don’t expect it to stay up to date

      • lalala

        Err no. LG are notorious slow in giving updates. Like the slowest and full of bugs. That is If they give any updates. Others give updates. Samsung is probably the fastest with Sony.

        • AndroidBrian

          Err yes. Galaxy S4 just now started rolling out 4.3. That’s almost a year later. Just because somebody isn’t as slow, doesn’t mean there not slow. Like I said, everyone gets Updates slow unless its a nexus & maybe GP edition.

          • lalala

            What nonsense are you taking? 4.3 was released 24th July this year! I know cause I have a n7!you don’t get it. I know nexus will be the fastest. I’m comparing updates by oem themselves. In that aspect samsung is the fastest while LG has almost no updates at all or a long long time later.

    • arpiggies

      At least your HBO GO will work on 4.2

  • Hanshen Jordan

    better than nexus 7?

    • Luka Mlinar

      Since the 5 inch phone became a standard, i kind of found the 7′ small.

    • Charles Chambers

      I’m having a hard time deciding if a 7 inch screen is big enough. I so wish Google made a Nexus 8.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Fist time i actually want a tablet O.o
    That 3 finger tab thingy we seen on the G2 finally makes sense to me.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Fist time i actually want a tablet O.o
    That 3 finger tab thingy we seen on the G2 finally makes sense to me.

  • dpskfromWA

    Looks like a great design, but priced about $50.00 too high.

  • RanRu

    In the third paragraph you say it has a 1.3 megabyte front can, rather than 1.3 megapixels.


    • Andrew Grush

      Haven’t you heard, 1.3 megabyte cameras are the latest rage! No?…. fine, I’ll fix the mistake. :P Thanks for catching it!

  • mustbepbs

    Already got it pre-ordered on Best Buy for the black one. Looking forward to your review. I’ve been looking forward to this thing since they announced it back in August. The shipment date from Best Buy is supposedly October 25th from the order page.

    It was either the Nexus 7 or this for me. After owning the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10 and Note 8, 8″ is definitely the sweet spot. So looking forward to getting this soon.

    • Mark Nguyen

      I’m stalking you now because I’ll be waiting to get it in Canada. :P I’d love to hear your impressions when you do receive it!

      • mustbepbs

        Definitely. I’ve been scouring the internet for the past 2 days trying to find any new information on it :P

        • Rex

          It’s an incredible device, and really hits the sweet spot with its display size. The hardware is extremely robust and powerful. The aluminum back offers a premium feel. I’m excited to get one too, it’s looking amazing.

    • Charles Chambers

      I agree… I’ve had a couple 8 inch tablets. I’m trying out the new Nexus 7, seeing if I like the screen size or not.

  • TheTega

    No LTE version is a turn off

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  • AndroidBrian

    Wireless charging?

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  • Mark Nguyen

    Just closing the loop here, but it seems LG priced this one right after all… It’s still cheaper than the equivalent iThingy. We’ll see how it works out over Christmas, with cheap full Win* tabs playing in the same space for even cheaper!

  • Chen Dimayuga

    visit our official LG G PAD 8.3 for more details and updates


  • harsahib

    when is it coming to canada!