After releasing its own branded 8-inch Android tablet a mere two weeks ago, AT&T is giving itself some fresh competition. The mobile carrier has announced that it's bringing the LG G Pad F 8.0 to its customers starting on May 29.
The new model should not be confused with the LG G Pad 8.3, which, while being an older tablet, offers a slightly larger, higher-resolution screen and a faster processor. Rather, it's more of a bigger sibling to the LG G Pad 7.0 that was released late last year, coming with the same 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (compared to the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 inside the G Pad 8.3).
The G Pad F 8.0 does offer a few upgrades over the G Pad 7.0, including the latest version of Android (5.0 or Lollipop), a slightly bigger battery (4,200 mAh) and twice the built-in storage (16GB). It also comes with a stylus, which neither the G Pad 8.3 nor the G Pad 7.0 includes. All G Pad tablets include LG's QPair feature, which allows you to answers calls on the slate coming from your Android smartphone, as well as QSlide, which puts two apps on your display simultaneously to allow you to do some basic multitasking.
Perhaps AT&T has no qualms about selling the G Pad F 8.0 because its specs aren't really any better than the carrier's new Trek HD tablet. The Trek comes with the same CPU, built-in storage, and OS, but packs a slightly bigger battery (4,600 mAh). More importantly, the Trek's pricing is superior to the G Pad F 8.0's: $49.99 with a two-year agreement compared to $149.99 for the LG, or $10 per month with an installment plan compared to $10 down and $12.50 per month for the G Pad.
Will AT&T customers prefer the LG brand name over the cheaper Trek HD? We'll find out starting later this week.