LG has been quietly churning out mid-range tablets following its return to the market with the excellent G Pad 8.3, but the G Pad series now has a new member, and it’s – at least mildly – interesting.
The LG G Pad 2 10.1 follows the limited release of the G Pad 2 8.0 in South Korea in mid-August. The 10.1-inch model is a higher-end affair, offering a Full HD LCD display (224 ppi), powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor (quad-core, 2.26GHz), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable), a 7,400 mAh battery, 5MP and 2MP cameras, and LTE Cat 4. This is by no means a flashy spec sheet, but there’s no big disappointment either, especially if the price is right.
The LG G Pad 2 is 7.8 millimeters thick and features a “soft metallic-finish,” though the build material itself is probably just plastic. The larger bezels and side-mounted dual speakers suggest LG imagined this tablet for landscape usage, primarily. The faux metallic finish is available in just one color for now: Brilliant Bronze.
LG said that both LTE and WiFi-only models of the LG G Pad 2 10.1 will be available in “key markets in North America, Europe and Asia.” No further details about the G Pad 2 10.1’s price and availability have been disclosed for now, though the verbiage in LG’s press release suggests the tablet will be priced competitively.
The G Pad 2 looks competent, but it’s not a premium device and that’s a trend among Android OEMs these days. There’s been a dearth of truly high-end Android tablets in the past year, with the few exceptions including Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet. Samsung has released the second-gen Galaxy Tab S recently, but the series seems to be stagnating in many ways.
LG plans to give us a better look at the G Pad 2 10.1 (and hopefully more) next week at IFA Berlin, and we’ll definitely be there to check it out. Meanwhile, thoughts on this device?
LG DELIVERS THE PERFECT MULTIMEDIA COMPANION WITH G PAD II 10.1
Compact Design, Clearer Display and Powerful Functionality Ideal for Content Consumption
SEOUL, Aug. 24, 2015 ― LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling the most advanced model of its G Pad tablet series at IFA 2015 in Berlin. Following its official debut, both LTE and Wi-Fi versions of G Pad II 10.1 will become available in key markets in North America, Europe and Asia.
The LG G Pad series offers the perfect balance of performance and price to satisfy most consumers in the market for big-screen mobile companion. The G Pad II 10.1 offers more features than other devices in the same segment with its clear WUXGA (1920 x 1200) display for enjoying multimedia content and comfortably browsing the web. And with its fast 2.26GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 processor and long-lasting 7,400mAh battery ― the largest in its class ― the G Pad II 10.1 can keep you entertained for hours on end.
Even with its large 10.1-inch display, the G Pad II 10.1 features a slim and sleek design with the slimmest bezel among similar-sized tablets currently on the market. It provides a truly immersive viewing experience and does so with style with a soft metallic-finish.
What’s more, Reader Mode makes reading e-books more comfortable by reducing the blue light of the display backlight, which studies have shown to cause eye fatigue and blurred vision. Dual Window divides the screen allowing you to run two applications at the same time a convenient feature for chronic multitaskers. QuickMemo+ allows users to instantly create, save and share their memos from any screen, without having to open a separate application. The G Pad II 10.1 comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office for Android Tablet and an additional 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.
“The LG G Pad II 10.1 was developed in response to consumers’ feedback and optimized for multimedia consumption.” said Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company. “Customers asked for a large display, bigger battery and faster performance all without raising the price. The G Pad II delivers on all counts.”
Details of price and availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see the LG G Pad II 10.1 for themselves in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9.