LG unveils the G Pad 8.3, their first tablet since 2011

By on September 1, 2013, 3:30 PM

LG has officially taken the wraps off the G Pad 8.3, the company's first tablet since the mediocre Optimus Pad of 2011. The G Pad was originally expected during IFA 2013, but it appears LG was too eager to show off their new device, instead unveiling it over the weekend.

The G Pad 8.3 features an 8.3-inch display, like the name would suggest, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 for 273 pixels-per-inch. Internally the device packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, with its quad-core Krait 300 CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz, alongside 2 GB of LPDDR2 RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

Other features of this tablet include a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera, a 4,600 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 'Jelly Bean' pre-loaded. The device will be cased in a body just 8.3mm thin, weighing 338 grams, and it'll be available in both black and white.

Aside from the hardware of the G Pad 8.3, LG are touting several interesting software features. The device is loaded with Knock On, which allows you to turn the display on without using the power button, as well as QSlide, software that enables three apps to be run on the screen at the same time. Perhaps the most useful feature, though, will be QPair, which pairs the tablet with any Jelly Bean smartphone, allowing the user to receive calls and messages on the G Pad.

LG says the tablet will be available in North America, Europe and Asia sometime in the fourth quarter, but there was no mention of how much it'll cost.

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