Dec 10 AT 2:32 PM Dima Aryeh 10 Comments

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition launches on the Play Store for $349.99

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition

The 7-inch tablet form factor just took off, gaining crazy popularity in the budget market. The Nexus 7 is the perfect example of that, coming in at $230 while offering some competitive specifications. It’s a great tablet, but such a size simply doesn’t suit everyone. And with the poor state of the current Nexus 10, those who like larger tablets have had nothing to buy if they wanted the stock Android experience.

Until today, of course. Google and LG have released the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition tablet to the Play Store. Long thought to be the best compromise in size, this tablet’s 8.3-inch display is large enough to please those who think 7-inch is too small but small enough to still be portable and easily used vertically.

The device comes with an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display, a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with a microSD slot, a 5MP rear and 1.3MP front camera, a 4,600 mAh battery and of course Android 4.4 KitKat in its stock form. Plus, the tablet is only 8.3mm thick and weighs only 338 grams. That’s a lot of 3s and 8s.

Of course, being a Google Play edition device, it’ll come with all the Google goodies and the promise of quick updates. The updates will be handled by LG, but looking at Samsung’s and HTC’s performance updating their GPe devices, LG should do a decent job.

If you’re interested in picking one up, head to the source link. The device will set you back $349.99 and will ship in 1-2 business days. Even better, there’s free ground shipping for a limited time. Tell us what you think of this new device in the comments!

Source: Google Play: LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • LukeT32

    Hmmm was looking at getting a Nexus 7 for Christmas, but the larger form factor would be nice. Is there a comparison anywhere of the N7 and the LG?

  • Roshan Shrestha

    Bestbuy is selling the LG G Pad 8.3 for $299. This, of course, is the custom skinned version. However, I am assuming that, once Google releases the “Google Play Edition ROM”, it will be possible to install this and convert it into a stock Android tablet.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Depends on how easy the G Pad 8.3 is to hack!

  • Paul

    This is pretty sweet! I love my nexus 7 but it is blatantly too small. It feels funny doing some things in landscape mode and it feels funny doing things in portrait sometimes. I think the 8.3-8.9in range is about the perfect size. Plus, yes it should be easier to get stock android on the original lg g pad (win). Now if only they will make me a 4:3 ratio screen android tablet (that is good)….

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  • g2

    Love the Design.
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    • donger

      really?

  • SGB101

    This looks nice, but here in the UK, it’s hard to look past the Hudl, £119 and it’s slightly quicker than the 2012 nexus 7 with an sd slot and hdmi out. And comes almost stock 4.2.2. Only draw back is a tesco app the is a portal to there store.

  • HeadDoc

    As bezels shrink, I think 7-inch tablets will slowly go away, the same way that 4.3 inch phones (once the biggest phones available) are now called “mini.” This is basically a Nexus with an 8.3 inch screen and a micro sd slot. I have been waiting for a reason to buy a tablet (because, seriously guys, why?), and this might be the device that pushes me over the edge. Newegg had the G Pad for $250 on cyber Monday, and I almost pulled the trigger, but LG is notoriously slow with software updates, and Google seems obsessed with them lately, so I am actually glad I waited. $100 more buys me fast updates and the best Android (plus, I bet if you wait until after the holidays, Google will throw in a Chromecast or something). Now, LG, add a micro sd slot to the Nexus 5, let me stick it inside this tablet (like the fonePad), and you can start a religion.

  • jacint

    tiene pinta de ser una buena tableta.Con la ventaja de la ranura sd.
    Cuando vendra a España?