LG are gearing up to release a brand new tablet, their first in a few years, if recent leaks are correct. Techblog.gr and The Korea Herald have received information surrounding a so-called 'G Tab', revealing an 8.3-inch tablet with some powerful internals.
Both websites claim the G Tab will have an 8.3-inch, 1920 x 1200 display produced by LG, while a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip will give the system its grunt. The Snapdragon 800 is Qualcomm's most powerful system-on-a-chip (SoC), packing a quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked up to 2.3 GHz alongside an Adreno 330 GPU and connectivity options including Wi-Fi 802.11ac. 2 GB of RAM is also expected to be seen inside the mid-sized tablet.
Going just on the name, it seems likely this device will run Android, slotting into LG's new 'G' series that includes the recently announced flagship G2 smartphone. However, neither of the leaks specifically indicate what operating system the G Pad will run.
The G Pad will allegedly be announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin between September 6 and 11, with LG expecting to sell 100,000 units per month, based on production plans. This is a relatively modest amount of sales -- for comparison Apple sold 14.1 million tablets in Q2 2013 -- although the G Pad production line has the ability to double its capacity in case the tablet becomes more successful than anticipated.
LG's last dive into the tablet market was a flop. The Optimus Pad was launched in early 2011 and, although it packed dual 5-megapixel cameras for 3D video recording, it struggled to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Tab offerings. The tablet market has matured significantly since the release of the Optimus Pad, but LG will still need to release a competitive product to see success.
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