LG goes after the bigger tablet market with 10.1-inch G Pad II

After debuting a 10.1-inch Android tablet with meager screen resolution last year, LG is back with a large slate that has a crisp display, faster chip and the ability to run two apps at once.

LG is doubling down on its original G Pad Android tablet line and going with a larger, successor model in the G Pad II 10.1. The upcoming slate has a 10.1-inch display with 1920 x 1200 resolution screen.

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Along with several smaller slates ranging in size from 7-inch to 8.3-inches, LG's original G Pad line, previously included a 10.1-model.

That one, however, had a 1280 x 800 resolution display, making for a rather meager viewing experience. With the new, higher resolution screen, content on the G Pad II 10.1 should look much more crisp.

That's not the only upgrade though.

The new tablet gets a chip boost from the 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon in last year's edition to a 2.26 GHz quad-core version. Memory is also doubled from 1 GB to 2 GB of RAM.

Storage stays the same at 16 GB of internal capacity along with a microSD memory card expansion slot. The cameras stay pat as well: 5 megapixels on the back and a 2 megapixel front-facing sensor. Connectivity options include LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, A-GPS and, although LG doesn't mention it, I'd expect a Bluetooth radio as well.

On the software side, the G Pad II 10.1 will launch with Android 5.1.1 and include several Microsoft Office products pre-installed. Buyers will also get 100 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for one year.

Like the iPad Air 2 and many Samsung tablets, LG's new tablet supports a split-screen mode for running two applications at once. The company's QuickMemo+ software allows for taking and sharing notes from nearly any screen as well.

LG says it will make the G Pad II 10.1 available in "key markets in North America, Europe and Asia" following next month's IFA event where it will announce pricing.