LG cranks out three new G Pads to join its 8.3-inch tablet

LG cranks out three new G Pads to join its 8.3-inch tablet

Summary: LG will launch three new tablets just ahead of its scheduled release date for its new flagship smartphone, the G3.

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The three new G Pad devices. Image: LG
The three new G Pad devices. Image: LG

LG is planning to add new seven-inch, eight-inch, and 10.1-inch slates to its line-up of G Pad tablets, giving it a multicoloured family of four to meet Samsung's vast range of tablets and price points.

The three new devices join LG's well-received second generation LG G Pad 8.3, which was announced last October and later followed by the release of a Google Play edition. Both were retailing in the US for around $350, making them an attractive cheaper alternative to the iPad mini with Retina display, but more expensive than popular seven-inch tablets, such as the Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung's multi-tiered Galaxy Tab range at that size.

LG hasn't released technical specifications or prices for the three new devices, so the only thing that could shed light on what to expect from the trio is the specs for its G Pad 8.3, which included a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, with a 1920 x 1200 pixel (273ppi) display. The device also relies on a 4,600mAh battery and, at $350, is currently head to head on price with Samsung's higher-specced wi-fi 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab Pro.

The company's press shots of the forthcoming devices indicate the seven-inch device will be blue, while the eight-inch version will be white, like the existing 8.3-inch G Pad, and the 10.1-inch will be black — the colour reserved for the Google Play 8.3-inch model. It's not clear if each model will be made available in further colours. 

The devices will come with LG's standard features, such as QPair 2.0 (to pair up communications features from phones to tablets), and LG's Knock Code for customised logins to its smartphones.

More details will be known when LG officially unveils the devices at the MedPI 2014 tech trade show, which runs from May 13 to 16 in Monaco.

The new tablets are set to be revealed just a few weeks ahead of the G3 launch on 27 May. LG has flagged that the 5.5-inch display smartphone will have a Quad-HD (QHD) display with 2,560x1,440 pixels — the same display that will feature on the new Galaxy S5 Prime. Earlier rumours suggest the G3 may also join the water-resistant pack, led by Sony's Xperia smartphones, and joined by Samsung's Galaxy S5 this year.

Last week, leaked photos of the G3 indicate it could follow the trend towards gold phones, kicked off by Apple's champagne iPhone 5S, and followed by the HTC One M8 and Samsung's bronze S5. 

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Topics: Tablets, Android

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