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Report: LG working on a hybrid tablet similar to the Microsoft Surface

LG is reportedly planning a tablet with a detachable keyboard that functions as a tablet and laptop, which could be the company's answer to Microsoft's Surface Pro 3.

Published onNovember 27, 2014

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Keeping track of the amount of tablet releases in the tech world is no easy task, as OEMs regularly introduce tablets of all shapes, sizes, operating systems, and ranges in an effort to capture as much market share as possible.

In July of this year, LG took an approach not so often seen with Android devices when they released the Tab Book, an Intel-powered hybrid Android tablet with a slideout keyboard. It now appears that LG has productivity-focused devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in their sights, as the company is reported to launch a new hybrid tablet with similar dual functionality.

According to a CNET report citing “LG insiders”, the new device will feature an Intel fourth generation Core processor, will have the ability to act as a tablet and a laptop (depending on whether the keyboard is attached or detached), a solid state drive, and possibly a touchpad integrated on the keyboard.

Keep in mind, however, that it has not been confirmed if this will even be an Android tablet. As previously mentioned, the Tab Book released earlier this year was an Android tablet (released with version 4.2), but the original LG Tab Book from 2013 was actually a Windows 8.1 device. While switching from Windows 8.1 to Android and then back to Windows could be a questionable move for the Korean company, it can’t be ruled out.

The LG Tab Book has not had great success in the tablet market so far, with an LG spokesman recently confirming the dissatisfaction with their current lineup of tablets. When asked by CNET about the sales numbers of the Tab Book, the LG representative stated that “sales records of the Tab-Book were so-so”, but didn’t quote any exact figures or future tablet plans.

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