LG Electronics got the jump on its competitors, which will all be touting new devices at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Berlin, but the G Pad 8.3 has the same issues as the rest of the Android crowd: It's hard to stand out.
The company said its LG G Pad 8.3 has the first full HD display in an 8-inch class tablet. Of course, the new Nexus 7 also has one and Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD is also likely to pack display improvements.
LG's device rides along with its G2 superphone and the goal is to have a "premium lineup consisting of our most cutting-edge devices." The LG Pad 8.3 is designed to be an iPad mini killer of sorts.
According to LG, the tablet will be available in the fourth quarter and aims to woo buyers with the following:
- An 8.3 inch screen that's light enough to rest in one hand.
- A 4600mAh battery.
- A 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) display.
- The ability to pair the tablet with a smartphone.
And the specs go like this:
- Processor: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor
- Display: 8.3-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels / 273 ppi)
- Memory: 16GB eMMC
- RAM: 2GB LPDDR2
- Camera: Rear 5.0MP / Front 1.3MP
- Battery: 4,600mAh
- Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
- Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
- Weight: 338g
- Colors: Black / White
LG said the prices will be announced when the tablet officially launches.
Here's the problem: The LG G Pad 8.3 may have sounded interesting a year ago. Today, there's just not enough to make it stand out from the field. Lenovo, Asus, HP and a bunch of others will have Android tablets. Simply put, they all blend together and don't have enough mojo to spur the gadget lust needed to upgrade.