LG Pad hands on IFA 2013 AA

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.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.