LG announces G Pad 8.3 as an Android smartphone companion

Summary:LG continues to roll out fantastic Android smartphones and is launching the G Pad 8.3 as a smartphone companion device with functionality to let you use your tablet for text messages, handling calls, and more.

LG announces G Pad 8.3 as an Android smartphone companion tablet
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Small form factor tablets with 7 and 8 inch screen sizes are popular today with the likes of the Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Note and Tabs, and Apple iPad Mini. LG has been releasing some excellent smartphones lately, such as the LG G2 , and today announced their entry into the small tablet market with the LG G Pad 8.3 for $349.99.

The LG G Pad 8.3 is available now for pre-order from Best Buy in black or white color with 16GB of internal storage memory. Availability is slated for 3 November. Specifications of the LG G Pad 8.3 include:

  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • Display: 8.3-inch, Full HD IPS (1920x1200 pixels/273 ppi)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC ROM; microSD Slot up to 64 GB
  • Camera: 5MP AF BSI
  • Battery: 4,600 mAh Li-Polymer
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 338g

The specifications are decent and I imagine the display looks great, coming from LG and what we have seen lately with their smartphones. However, it seems priced a bit high for what is being offered to the consumer.

The new Nexus 7 from Google ranges in price from $229 (16GB WiFi) to $349 (32GB WiFi and LTE) and it cames with the latest Android OS along with the promise of future updates coming faster than other manufacturers can roll them out.

Then again, when you read the press release and gain an understanding that LG is really trying to make this a direct companion to your Android smartphone then it makes a bit more sense to consider the premium price. Their QPair feature gives you simultaneous access to recent apps, incoming calls, text messages, and more. You can reply to texts from the LG G Pad 8.3, including marked up images.

Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note line, LG supports their QSlide Function 2.0 for floating two appsover the main display. Slide Aside, seen on the G2, is also supported. I should be getting some hands-on time with one soon and can offer up more opinions and thoughts on how it compares to other small tablets.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Tablets

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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