LG preps G Pad 8.3: Tablets blend together

LG preps G Pad 8.3: Tablets blend together

Summary: 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.


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.

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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.

Previously: IDC lowers long-term tablet forecast, cites few major announcements | Slower tablet market hints at fatigue, more traditional upgrade cycle

According to LG, the tablet will be available in the fourth quarter and aims to woo buyers with the following:

  1. An 8.3 inch screen that's light enough to rest in one hand.
  2. A 4600mAh battery.
  3. A 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) display.
  4. 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.

Topics: Tablets, Bring Your Own Device

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  • Not sure I agree, the 8" tablet market is just starting up

    So far only Apple and Samsung have released 8" models and Samsung's tablet are very disappointing. Not everyone wants iDevices.

    To compare a 7" tablet with 8" tablet is missing the point. The G pad isn't directly competing with the Nexus 7.

    For me and many others 10" tablets are just to big but 7" tablets to small. 8" is the sweet spot and the G Pad has great hardware.

    I'm concerned about it being only available in a 16GB version though, especially as it looks like MicroSD won't be an option.

    Personally I'm finding the G Pad appealing.
    • That's just it

      All these vendors striving to hit the price point make compromises that leave the consumer flat. Who has the guts to build a strong contender ... And sell it at a competitive price. AND is better than OR
    • Pipo M7 Pro - with 8.9-inch Display

      One other new tablet to launch this month with some great features is the Pipo M7 Pro ($255) -- which packs in a solid device with a competitive price and compares to the new Nexus 7, while offering a much larger 8.9 inch 1900X1200 PLS display (Samsung brand), along with Quad Core performance, with a Rockchip 3188/1.6 GHz processor /2GB Ram - which handles most tablet needs quite well, including 3D gaming... with one comparative test, using the new Riptide GP2 - performing flawlessly; the Pipo M7 Pro also features built in GPS navigation, MicroSD memory, premium dual speakers, a 6300 mAh battery, Dual WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz), Bluetooth, Dual Cameras, and the option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user-friendly Windows style interface; and a 3G HSPA+ edition is also available for slightly more --

      One source with more details on this new device is -- T a b l e t S p r i n t-- which also offers a few other new models to be released later this month.
  • Might interest me.

    I'm thinking more and more that 8" is a nice size for an Android tablet. Today I stopped by Microcenter to check out the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and was sorely disappointed by its touch response. I installed Pinball Arcade to get a feel for the device's graphics performance and was shocked by how long it took for the tablet to translate a touch into a kick of the on-screen flipper. My Nexus 7 responds instantaneously whereas there was an annoying lag in the Galaxy 8.0. Mind you, this wasn't the Note, but I'm less interested in the not because it's too heavy and the bezel too wide.

    If this LG performs similarly to my Nexus 7 (or better) and that bezel is as narrow as it seems to be in the picture I might be interested.
    • Nexus, agreeably the better choice.

      Being a Nexus user, I can say that I am a bit bias, however the Nexus 7 has proved its the better choice with the lighter body, 323 pixel/inch, stereo speaker system and the NFC system the LG has yet to acquire. http://www.versus.com/en/lg-g-pad-8-3-vs-google-nexus-7-(2013) Plus, the bezel is lighter and thinner than the previous Nexus and I think it should be a perfect fit for a user who is looking for a lower starting price with a bit more perks.
  • Haven't we been here before?

    With companies like Moto betting wrongly 2 years ago that consumers who weren't buying iPads were actually waiting for premium (pricy) alternatives? That effort faild. Microsoft premium SurfaceRT tablets costing the more than the fast selling iPads also failed. I'm betting this tablet will be above $300 which will put it in iPad mini crice range (a new better mini with possible retina display coming soon). Who would choose an LG G Pad over an iPad then?

    A trend I'm noticing around town is more and more consumers are walking around with larger 5" phones stuck to their ear. This spells bad news for Android tablet makers trying to push what is essentially a blown up phone. It becomes a redundant device.
  • Mmmmm... like what ?

    OK, the journo is trying to win the blasé competition... It would help if facts supported his opinions.

    Which tablets, in this size, offer similar features ?

    None !

    Don't let that jinx your blasé vibe though.
  • Where's the pen?

    For those of us seeking to use the tablet more for work than play, I am not interested in anything that does not have an active digitiser pen - are you listening up/down there, Jobs?

    I agree 8" is the sweet spot, that's why I am one of the purchasers of the Galaxy Note 8 who is so impressed. I have the WiFi only model, added 64 GB microSD, I can use Skype if I need to call a non-Skype contact.

    Check out the reviews on amazon uk, de and com.

    With a cover (includes keyboard), I can still fit it all into a pocket on my cargo/combat slacks/shorts.
    AN O'Nymous
  • Giant killer?

    Can't wait to hear the full rundown on the G Pad in Berlin this week. Already, looking at the specs, it seems like LG have developed something that more than excels the precedent set by the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0. When compared with the iPad Mini it's clear to see that the G Pad can run circles around its competitors. One to watch for sure!