LG announces G Pad 8.3 as an Android smartphone companion

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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  • DOA at this price

    I wanted one of these .. I'd have even paid something approaching the price of the iPad Mini for it (the LG G Pad 8.3 costs less than the iPad Mini in the U.K.). But at $350 .. No way!
  • LG Price

    LG is very smart. At $299 many people would buy but margin is low. At $399 nobody would buy it. At $350 the price is just right for them to make the margin while not losing too many customers. I for one would buy one at this price given the LG specs which is better than the galaxy tab 3 8.0 ($299).
  • Overpriced

    At $299 I will definitely buy one without second though. But at $350, I will not even consider it. Sorry LG and Best Buy.
  • Phone companion

    Okay, define phone companion, if it a true phone companion like the Samsung watch then it should be able to sync via bluetooth and browse contact, SMS and take PHONE CALLS from the tablet!! So the key here I kept seeing is incoming calls, is that just the alert of incoming calls or can you actually take calls from the tablet?? So far this thing have Samsung Note 8.0 beat except the Spen features. Can I just have best of both worlds?
  • At $350, I'll think twice about it.

    At $300, I'll be there the first week it's out.