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LG Announces G Pad 8.3 With 8.3-inch HD Display and Snapdragon 600, Arrives Q4

LG G Pad 8.3

LG made their new tablet, the G Pad 8.3, official this fine pre-IFA Saturday evening after teasing it earlier in the week. In terms of hardware, the tablet boasts an 8.3-inch full HD display (1920×1200, 273ppi), which makes it the first FHD tablet in its class (that would be the rarely touched 8-inch tablet class). The G Pad 8.3 is also powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB RAM, dual cameras, and a massive 4600mAh battery.

On a software front, the new G Pad introduces a pairing experience with any phone (not just LG phones) called QPair that allows you to see incoming calls and messages. You can’t actually receive/take calls on the G Pad, from what we can tell, but you can respond to texts. The G Pad also uses additional software that offer “real-life benefits” such as multi-tasking with Slide Aside, Qslide, and KnockON, all of which are featured in the recently announced G2.

The tablet will arrive in Q4 of this year throughout key markets like North America, Europe, and Asia. No pricing has been announced.

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LG TAKES ON GLOBAL TABLET MARKET WITH ‘LG G PAD 8.3’

New Tablet to Debut at IFA 2013, Worldwide Rollout to Follow

SEOUL, Sep. 1, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today announced the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, the latest addition to its G Series lineup of premium mobile devices. The all-new LG G Pad 8.3 boasts the first Full HD display on an 8-inch class tablet, a unique user-experience and wide range of connectivity features. Set to officially debut next week at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, the LG G Pad 8.3 builds on the recent launch of the LG G2 superphone, reinforcing LG’s commitment to leadership in advanced mobile devices through its premium G Series products.

“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,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate.”

Pocket-Sized Portability with Powerful Battery
Despite its large display, the LG G Pad 8.3 features a slim and sleek form factor that is comfortable enough to hold in one hand. Such compact portability is based on LG’s learning from consumers regarding the optimum size of a tablet. While maintaining its portability, 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.

First Full HD Display Tablet in 8-inch Class
Incorporating a key attribute of other premium G Series devices including the G Pro and G2 smartphones, the LG G Pad 8.3 is the first 8-inch class tablet to offer a Full HD display. The G Pad is equipped with a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) display capable of delivering picture quality with even higher resolution than a standard Full HD display. In addition, the Qualcomm? Snapdragon™ 600 Processor with 1.7GHz Quad-Core CPU enhances the viewing experience with powerful performance as users will be able to enjoy Full HD content without any compromise.

True Convergence Experience with QPair
The LG G Pad 8.3 meets the demanding requirements of the convergence age by improving connectivity between multiple devices. With the unique QPair app, every call and message received on a smartphone will appear on the G Pad for a true convergence experience. Users can then send simple replies through the LG G Pad 8.3. QPair also allows the G Pad to easily connect to other manufacturers’ smartphone and tablets (Jelly Bean OS recommended). Notes created on the G Pad’s QMemo can be seamlessly saved into users’ smartphones and shared from either device.

User Experience Maximized for a Tablet
The LG G Pad 8.3 offers practical features that provide real-life benefits, such as enhanced multitasking. Thanks to its 8.3-inch Full HD Display, user experience (UX) fea-tures unique to the LG G Pad 8.3 are maximized for the large screen:

Slide Aside enables seamless multitasking by simply “sliding” currently open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe
QSlide controls up to three different apps in one window with no interruption, especially convenient on a large screen
KnockON turns the device on and off by tapping the display twice

The LG G Pad 8.3 will be rolled out globally in key markets including North America, Europe and Asia as well as other regions starting in the fourth quarter of 2013. Prices will be announced at launch time.
Key Specifications:
• Processor: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm? Snapdragon™ 600 Processor
• Display: 8.3-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels / 273 ppi)
• Memory: 16GB eMMC
• RAM: 2GB LPDDR2
• Camera: Rear 5.0MP / Front 1.3MP
• Battery: 4,600mAh
• Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
• Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
• Weight: 338g
• Colors: Black / White

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About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 locations around the world. With 2012 global sales of USD 45.22 billion (KRW 50.96 trillion), LG comprises five business units — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning & Energy Solution and Vehicle Components — and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.

  • Adam Magie

    I was really hoping that this tab would have the Snapdragon 800 in it like the G2. Oh well.

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  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Looks good. Love the speakers and the placement of the speakers. But soft touch backs are less slippery on my pants so i probably won’t consider this. But it’s sexy i must say.

  • Milind Shah

    the amount of downvotes is too damn high!

  • Villiam

    i would still go for galaxy note 3. or maybe the new transformer. if the hardware is good.

  • M3D1T8R

    Sounds like this could be one of the better non-Nexus tablets out there. Battery especially. But unless you really want the larger screen, can’t see why this would be a better option vs the N7, especially considering it will probably be around $300 (guess), and not rock the latest Android. And we’ll probably see them ruin the button layout like they did on the G2 with that menu button instead of recent apps..

    Wait a minute, only 16GB? Maybe it will be under $250 going after the value, anti Ipad Mini market. But the 16GB N7 at $229 will probably still be the better choice in that segment.

    Still good to see LG trying to compete.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    Nexus 7 2013 vs G Pad. Chris lets make it happen.

  • KOBALT

    Because it’s an LG and they’re about as good as Kyocera?

  • schlanz

    Any guesses on price?

    • jh123416

      I’ll say $299 but I’m hoping they go like $259 or so.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Looks really good, love the bezel thinness, but speakers on the back? Haven’t they learned yet?

  • jh123416

    Is there ANY comment on here that does not have more down-votes than up-votes? And since I am talking about it, I am guessing I will be down-voted. COME AND GET ME!

    • Tim242

      Why do you worry so much about down votes? They have absolutely no meaning.

      • jh123416

        Who said I was worried….? Why would someone be worried anyways?

        • Tim242

          Your comment says you are worried with them. Down votes are not important, they mean nothing. People should stop acknowledging them.

          • jh123416

            No where did I say that I am worried. Don’t read too far into my comment. Then again, how do I know how far you read.

          • Tim242

            You made a comment with the subject of down votes as the only subject you discussed. You then said, “COME AND GET ME.”. If you weren’t worried with them, you wouldn’t have made your comment.

          • jh123416

            I’m not a very funny person but the COME AND GET ME was supposed to be funny. It wasn’t. And I still don’t see how I am “worried.” There are much bigger fish to fry in this world.

  • rthvk

    Why so many downvotes for almost every single comment? *prepares for downvote outburst*

    • Guest, y u no use Disqus?

      It was Tyler Durden doing the downvotes.

      • marykelly325

        If you think Larry`s story is flabbergasting…, last pay-check my girlfriend’s half sister also brought home $5289 grafting thirteen hours a week from their apartment and there classmate’s step-mother`s neighbour has done this for 3 months and made more than $5289 part-time on there labtop. applie the guide here… http://www.Bay35.com

        • Gnex

          Classmate’s step-mother’s neighbour? These things are getting less believable every time.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            She just wanted to get in on the downvote train

    • John

      It’s beacause people no the ipad is better. It has an 11,800 mah battery. Beat that. I find it hilarious how kellen specifically says “massive 4600 mah battery” ah if only he used an ipad that lasts a week on one charge with heavy use. Get an ipad. Just do it.

      • rthvk

        Good one.

        It’s not like Android is about a billion times better or anything, but to each his own

      • Gnex

        Guest commenting really needs to go.

      • Dylan

        Who cares if the ipad is way better? We have more options!

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        The iPad is also bigger

        • John

          By 1.5 inches, that’s about 12%. 11,800 – 12% = 10,384 mah battery, I’m pretty sure that’s still bigger than 4600, plus ios is much more battery friendly.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Care to explain why the iPhone battery is so small then?

          • John

            Yeah, display is using about 1/3 the wattage. CPU is much less power intensive, plus ios has the absolute highest end best battery management available. Plus a phone generally has less battery life than a tablet, right? Plus the iPhone is not revelent as we are talking about tablets not phones.

          • zurginator

            Screen size has almost nothing to do with volume – your calculations need updating.

            The iPad is 421208.454mm^3, this is 227629.16mm^3 – a 54% difference in volume. On top of this, other than the battery nothing can realistically be shrunk in a device – thus there is proportionally less space in a 8″ tab for battery than in a 10″ tab.

  • rich

    We need a “true” 9.7(IPAD size) inch android tab. I have a knockoff from china…but would love a major company to make one…the aspect ratio of ipad is perfect for a tab.

    • sagisarius

      I’d take any more creativity in tablet sizes. I wish they’d stop messing up android, and work on making some more interesting sizes. I’m not a big fan of the iPad aspect, but it wouldn’t be bad for someone to try it out!

  • Christopher Moore

    Price will determine the fate of this tablet. And I’m not seeing the “SD Card” option. Other than a 1.3″ size bump why get this tablet? I’ve been seeing 32gig Nexus 7 FHD on sale for as low as $207. I even bought one for $215 at officemax but had to return for light bleed and I would have got another if they had stock. But I settled on a refurb like new Note 10.1″ for $250. Awesome tablet at that price.

  • Jonathan Williams

    KnockON? Not KnockOFF? /s

  • MacNificent

    This must be a downvote article.. I’m ready for it..

  • Tyler Durden

    Do people have that much time on their hands? lol keep it coming

    • Rammstein

      Funny. You state this and all of a sudden more people have downvotes. I think I found the downvote troll.

      • Guest

        I can’t downvote myself, so that would be false.

        • Rammstein

          Nice job deleting your account. Loser.

  • RaptorOO7

    I was seriously interested UNTIL I saw 16GB of storage. What the F#CK is wrong with Android OEM’s. Where are the 32GB & 64GB tablets, let alone for the US market? It’s not about price, it’s also about storage and usability.

    • Robert Boluyt

      I thought this as well. My 16GB Note 8 was quickly filled up with comics, Kindle, and Nook books. There’s an sd slot, but not everything can be moved to that.

    • hkklife

      I agree, it’s an absolute insult to offer only 16GB, not to offer at least a 32GB version and the continued disappearance of microSD slots is just insult added to injury. Anyone downvoting you is likely an employee of a cloud service, a wireless telco, or one of these stingy hardware manufacturers.

      An awesome screen and SoC like that demands some modern games on it–so install RealRacing 3, Asphalt 8, MC4 and a few other 3D titles and you’re totally out of space.

      The ONLY thing likely to change the situation is if Apple makes 32GB the new minimum on the iPad 5 refresh (and I don’t see that as likely either).

      • sagisarius

        I could see it on the iPad 5, though probably not the mini. I totally agree though, 16GB sounds silly… I’m glad that last summer google at least bumped the N7 capacities pretty quick.

  • yummy

    I use my Maxi Pad for when
    the data is really flowing, this
    could be my new Mini Pad, for
    those days when the data flow
    is lighter.

  • Tyler Durden

    Perfect for movies. Less bezel than the Nexus 7. Looks sturdy. Hopefully cheaper than $350 to compete with the iPad mini.

    • Bender Bending Rodriguez

      Tyler officially has no life. More people get downvotes while he magically gets a bunch of upvotes, most of which come from people who have yet to comment.

      • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 Mr Frodo24

        I called him out on how much of a prick he was a couple days back. Guess he finally realized everybody here hated him…

        • Bender Bending Rodriguez

          Yeah. I usually just ignored the guy but that all ended today. LOL
          Weird how my screenshot no longer appears. Not sure if it’s my phone having issues loading it or if it was somehow removed.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            It’s still there.

            Like all trolls he’ll eventually go the way of McTypething and Angelface and either get banned or dissappear.

      • Gnex

        Wtf, I’m pretty sure I didn’t even upvote that.

  • SpoorthyVemula

    Perfect size, good proccessor, beautiful design, great screen, good ram, good storage, good battery, and horrible interface. If this is priced right (sub $250) and gets decent developer support, I might just buy my first tablet.

    • hkklife

      Agreed on all counts but add lame storage to the horrible UI.

  • VATO

    At first glace, I thought that was a phone and freaked out for a moment.

    • sk3litor

      How in the hell do you guys get down votes for stating your opinions? What the hell is the matter with people on this site?

      • Tim242

        People should not concern themselves with down votes. Who cares?

      • VATO

        Someone probably made twenty accounts or something and is downvoting everybody. Every comment I see is accompanied with a bunch of downvotes.

  • JamesU513

    Yay mobile site is back! Since my new Verizon Moto X is so fast I don’t need it :p. Loving this phone . Well built. the power and volume buttons are not loose like some other reviews said. Such a better network connection than my GNEX and hopefully no more call issues. Glad to be back with Motorola. Not bad for $140.

    • SpoorthyVemula

      not the right place…

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  • Michael

    first!

  • Gnex

    What version of TouchWiz is it running?

    • sk3litor

      Ha ha that’s so funny. Some people have no sense of humor. But even if they disagree I don’t see how they can’t concede to the fact that it looks just like tw.

      • Gnex

        Looks like someone was just going on a downvote-spree. *cough cough Tyler Durden*

  • Ryan

    This is my next tablet. I really like Q Slide on the LG UI

    • Alexander Anteneh

      said no one ever

      • Ryan

        Nope i just did. I acknowledge you have your opinion but some people do like it.

  • ImmaDroid

    Very nice looking.. May be a great size to, having had a 10″ and a 7′ tablet, 8.3″ would be a nice middle size

    • John

      I know mobile device are getting bigger, but…man! 7 feet that’s a bit awkward to use.

      • Tyler Durden

        That’s not what your girlfriend said to me last night.

  • Steve Ballmer

    Only one letter separates it from I…I smell an Apple lawsuit.

    • bitch_please

      I smell an idiot.

      • Steve Ballmer

        Thanks for your input. Please keep us updated about your stench.

  • Qbancelli

    I got the awesome 2013 Nexus 7.
    I think I’m done buying tablets for a while.

    • Tyler Durden

      And people will get the awesome g pad. Good thing people have options

    • bitch_please

      Thanks for your input. Please keep us updated about your life.

  • Daniel Walsh

    The design isn’t that bad, but the Nexus 7 was just released.

  • nosedive94

    This is the most unfortunately named tablet since the iPad was debuted.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    Nice device, too bad the Nexus 7 2013 edition is too damn perfect.

    • SpoorthyVemula

      Other than the countless buggy devices. If it didnt have those bugs then id agree with you…

    • Tyler Durden

      Not really perfect. Bigger screen is always better.

      • serotheo

        Hi, have you met my awkwardly large friend, the Excite 13?

      • sagisarius

        I love the screens right around 8 or 9 inches… so I think the N7 can be improved on.

  • derp

    Off-topic: So happy for the mobile version again. Definitely a lot easier to navigate

    • Joseph A. Yager

      Plus, the new look is slick

    • Big_EZ

      What’s different?

    • Tyler Durden

      Well thank Jesus it’s better now.

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        How is it that all of you have exactly 11 down-votes??

        • Chris Hannan

          Somebody is upset they’re not the top commenter.

          • michael arazan

            I thought this was droid-life.com not No-Life.com, seriously how bad is your life to where you take it out on down voting comment sections for hours

          • Chris Hannan

            You should see BGR. It’s even worse.

  • Jeremy Gross

    does it have micro sd?

    • sagisarius

      nah, I think everyone is giving up on that… which is kind dumb (I think)

  • slide83

    Shame it’s not s800 and 4:3….

    • Tyler Durden

      Ohhh boo hoo too bad

    • Robert Boluyt

      We don’t want 4:3. That aspect ratio needs to die a horrible death, stop prolonging it.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    I like the design that’s about it.

  • Allan

    A glimpse as to what an LG Nexus 5 might look like?

    • Samvelavich

      This is a tablet. Highly doubt it would have anything to do with the Nexus 5 considering LG is making it.

      • Allan

        Huh? I know it is a tablet. I don’t know what you’re trying to say. Why would it be so far fetched for a phone to have a similar look to it? You’re right, it wouldn’t.

        • Samvelavich

          Because this Tablet looks nothing like the LG G2. I would consider what you were saying if it did, but there is no reason LG would choose the design of the G Pad over their G2 phone. If LG is making the next Nexus, they’re going to get inspiration from the G2, not this.

          • Allan

            There’s no way Google uses the volume and power/lock buttons on the back like the G2 for the Nexus 5. I don’t think the Nexus 5 will look anything like the G2 except for the buttonless front.

          • Samvelavich

            that’s why i said IF…..

        • Tyler Durden

          Cause the Nexus 4 looked like the Nexus 7?

          • Allan

            Obviously not. Why would two different companies’ devices look alike?

          • Tyler Durden

            Cause that’s never happened before /s

          • Allan

            Actually you’re right. I’ve never seen a company take a tablet design from another company and apply it to their phone design or vice versa. So you can delete that /s now.

          • Tyler Durden

            I wasn’t talking about tablets. But keep assuming. It will get you far.

          • Allan

            I know you weren’t. But a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 are a phone and tablet, not two phones. And thus my point still stands. Why couldn’t LG base a Nexus off of the design of this tablet?

          • Tyler Durden

            I don’t see any benefits of doing so

          • Allan

            Marketing, brand recognition, simple beautiful design… all of which lead to more revenue for LG. Just to name a few… All you need to do is look at Apple to see the benefits of doing something like that.

          • Mark Mann

            i guess my question is, why would LG take the design from this tablet, when they have a phone getting ready to come out that would make sense to use as the nexus 5 design…since you know, this is a tablet and the nexus 5 will be a phone

    • ddub

      Tough to say, but maybe spec-wise. Aren’t all projections pointing toward the Nexus 5 having a snapdragon 600 and 1080p screen? Moto’s name has been mentioned quite a bit these days as a potential hardware partner as well. This is just my preference, but if the Nexus 5 looked anything like the 8.3 Gpad… it would feel like a step backwards in the aesthetics department.

      The Nexus 4, while extremely fragile, had that awesome “glittery” back glass panel that set it apart.

  • kirk ngo

    If this is price right it might be a better option than the new Nexus 7. If it more than 230 than not worth it.

    • sagisarius

      I doubt it will be much cheaper, my guess is like $300. I think it will be nice to have other options though, I always found the 7 inch screen just too small for my tastes.

  • bluemon

    G Pad: it helps you find your G Spot

    • Lou_Sasshole

      *claps*

  • Daniel Walsh

    Useless Tablet.

  • thefirstguy

    First

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      How old are you? BTW it doesn’t matter if you’re first, comments are sorted by highest votes by default. You’ll quickly be at the bottom of the comments section.

    • Lou_Sasshole

      Yea first to suck dick.

    • Kyle Cordiano

      This is not YouTube. This is a website for adults.

      • Guest

        Damn, why’s everyone so serious tonight :-) lol

    • bigachx

      Jeez, why’s everyone so serious tonight? lol