On Sunday, LG revealed some more details about the 8.3-inch tablet it plans to show off at this week’s IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany. The LG G Pad 8.3 tablet is the first 8-inch tablet to offer a Full High Definition display, the company said. It has a 1,920-by-1,200 display with a massive 273 pixels per inch. The device comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and also a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.
The G Pad runs a 1.7GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and the operating system is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.The whole thing runs on 2GB of RAM, with a storage capacity of 16GB. All of this runs on a 4,600mAh battery.
LG has said the G Pad builds on their recent release of the G2 smartphone. Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Mobile said “Complementing our G Series smartphones, the introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 further strengthens LG’s premium lineup consisting of our most cutting-edge devices…Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate…The LG G Pad 8.3 squeezes in a powerful 4600mAh battery for long-lasting usage time but is still as light as a newspaper at just 338g.”
There are a few clever apps that can run on this model, e.g. The KnockON feature turns the device on and off when the user taps the display twice. The device uses the QPair app, which will allow calls and messages received on a smartphone to show up on the LG Pad. The feature will work with non-LG smartphones, though a Jelly Bean-based gadget is recommended, LG has said. In similarity, the QMemo app will also sync notes between devices. For multi-tasking there is QSlide, which will allow for up to three apps to run at once; turning off an app is easy, by simply sliding the app off to the side with a three-finger swipe. LG praised a slim and sleek form factor that is comfortable to hold in one hand, despite it having an 8.3-inch frame.
LG first teased its tablet recently in this brief YouTube video.
The G Pad will be available in black or white and be released in North America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere in the fourth quarter. Pricing is currently unknown. If we are to believe the hype, this should be a pretty nice piece of kit.