LG has officially announced the not-so-secret G Pad 8.3 tablet. The device is set to debut next week in Berlin at IFA 2013 and will hit major markets, including North America, Europe and Asia, by the end of the year. Pricing information is not currently available, but will be announced at launch.
Positioning this tablet as a device that is “just right” for you, the company has packed several impressive features in an attempt to create a unique user experience. The tablet is the first to feature a true HD-display in an 8-inch form factor and has a beastly 4600mAh battery.
LG has also taken strides to fully converge the smartphone and tablet ecosystem through the use of QPair technology. QPair allows the tablet to connect with smartphones from all OEMs and sync calls and messages across the devices. The new G Pad is maximized for multi-tasking, as well, and features Slide Aside, QSlide and KnockON functionality. Respectively, these three functions allow users to three-finger slide to move open apps aside, manage up to three apps in one window and turn the device on or off by tapping twice in rapid succession on the display. We’ll have to see how KnockON works in the real world. As it stands, I could see myself getting really frustrated with it.
Key specs and the full press release can be found below.
- 1.7GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
- 8.3-inch WUXGA 1920px x 1200px, 273 ppi display
- 16GB memory
- 2GB RAM
- 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
- 4600mAh battery
- Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
- 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
- 338g (12 oz)
“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? Snapdragonâ„¢ 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:
Slide Aside enables seamless multitasking by simply “sliding” currently open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe QSlide controls up to three different apps in one window with no interruption, especially convenient on a large screen KnockON turns the device on and off by tapping the display twice 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.