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LG Announces G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, Starts at $349

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The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is now officially the first GPE tablet. It’ll be available starting today on Google Play for $349.  We became aware of the G Pad 8.3 as a GPE device this morning thanks to LG’s open source page, so the only surprise here is the timing of the announcement along with other new devices (white Nexus 7 and Z Ultra GPE).

As a reminder, the G Pad 8.3 is a lot like a blown up version of the LG G2, though it has a slightly older and less powerful Snapdragon 600 processor. But you are still looking at a 8.3-inch full HD display (1920×1200, 273ppi) with minimal bezel, on-screen buttons, 16GB internal storage, microSD slot, 2GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 4600mAh battery, and a body that is only 8.3mm thick.

The G Pad 8.3 GPE also runs stock Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and will receive timely updates just like other GPE units.

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LG ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER  GOOGLE PLAY EDITION TABLET

LG G Pad 8.3 First Android Open Source Project Tablet Running Android 4.4 KitKat

SEOUL, Dec. 11, 2013 — The LG G Pad 8.3 from LG Electronics (LG) will be the first device ever to be designated a Google Play Edition tablet. Google’s first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet will feature the latest Android operating system, Android™ 4.4, KitKat. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition reference device will be available for purchase starting today in the United States on Google Play™.

With the perfect combination of KitKat’s Full-screen Immersive mode and LG’s stunning 1920 x 1200 WUXGA Full HD IPS display, this special edition of LG G Pad 8.3 offers an optimal viewing experience. Apps can utilize every pixel on the G Pad 8.3 screen to create full-bleed UIs reaching edge to edge. With the ability to hide the system UI such as the status bar and navigation bar, this feature is ideal for rich visual content such as photos, videos, maps, books and games.

“LG’s working relationship with Google has always been strong and our collaboration on the first-ever Google Play Edition tablet is proof of that commitment,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is a device with hardware and software that has been optimized for a truly consumer-friendly experience. There’s nothing else like it out there in the marketplace.”

The LG G Pad 8.3 was designed based on insights from consumers resulting in a compact, modern-looking device accentuating sleek lines and subtle curves for comfortable holding with one hand. The powerful 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 600 CPU and 4,600mAh battery provide both performance and long-life between charges.

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition will be available in glossy Indigo Black for USD 349.99. Availability in other countries has not yet been determined at this time.

Key Specifications:
• Processor: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 600 Processor
• Operating System: Android™ 4.4, KitKat
• Display: 8.3-inch Full HD IPS WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels / 273 ppi)
• Memory: 16GB eMMC
• RAM: 2GB LPDDR2
• Camera: Rear 5.0MP / Front 1.3MP
• Battery: 4,600mAh
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi
• Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
• Weight: 338g
• Colors: Indigo Black

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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.

  • mashdots

    It would be funnier if this was a phone. Take that Samsung!

  • http://mobilepricesnews.com/ Mobile

    G Pad look very nice and really rich specs as compare with other tab.

  • a beto e merik

    That design…should be nexus 8

    • Nick Klenchik

      Consider this the Nexus 8

      • sagisarius

        I think Nick is right, I don’t really see how this saying Nexus on it would improve it in anyway.

  • Geekdad

    So whats better, a Nexus 7 or this? The Nexus is about $100 cheaper.

  • Jason Smith

    This is not an impressive iPad mini competitor in my mind, and I’m about as big of an iHater as they come. :( Good thing it’s not a Nexus, or it would matter.

    • DainLaguna

      Genuinely interested in hearing why

      • Jason Smith

        I think there shouldn’t be much dispute that the mini will have better performance, better image quality, (possibly?) better battery life, and the ecosystem advantage is still there. The hardware of this tablet is uninspiring. I feel like any tablet that is targeting the top of the market should at least come close to Note 3 specs. I have a hard time with the concept of buying a tablet that is weaker in almost every area than my phone.
        The Kindle HDX 8.9″ is a much better value. Yes, it’s not GPE, and it will never be 4.4, but maybe it can be rooted and ROM’d at some point. i don’t own a Kindle product because of the forking issues, but this is pretty clearly a middle of the market tablet that is priced near the top of the market. Consider the price and spec difference compared to a Nexus 7 2013 if you don’t like the Amazon comparison. That’s why I rate this tablet as largely “meh”.

        • JD_26

          i think its got really good specs.. 2 gb ram HD screen 8.3″ screen and SD CARD .. if u are buying a tablet for media consumption that is a huge plus .. plus u can do way more things with an android tab than an ios device .. imho

  • MichaelFranz

    Damn it….no LTE….was hoping for that and I would have jumped on this

  • SplashMTN

    My 2012 Nexus 7 isn’t really aging well. It still performs ok, but the battery life isn’t what it used to be. I was thinking about going to with Nexus 10, but this might be a better option.

  • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

    Honestly, if it had an 800, id buy it

    • mustbepbs

      Honestly, you wouldn’t. You’d just complain that it didn’t have the 805 and that you would “wait for the next one”.

      I know your kind.

    • Jeremy Gross

      600 prob does almost as well with better battery life

    • Geek Man

      Tell me what can’t the 600 that you always do that the 800 is only capable of?

      • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

        Better battery efficient which is what I care about

  • joejoe5709

    Granted it has a larger screen and a handy SD card slot but for $120 more than the N7 I’d still expect the newer Snapdragon 800. Definite deal breaker.

  • http://summified.com/ Ry L

    Not trying to ruffle feathers or anything, but I remember the iPad mini being released with similar dimensions/pricing….and everyone said that it was too big and too overpriced… Does everyone still feel the same way (I see below that some still prefer the 7″ form) or is it magically okay now that it runs Android instead of iOS?

    • sagisarius

      Does have a lot higher resolution screen than the original iPad mini… and ya know, expandable storage so your music collection doesn’t eat into that space.

      • http://summified.com/ Ry L

        good points, thanks

    • Dr_Buttballs

      >Irregardless

      • http://summified.com/ Ry L

        my bad.

    • Adrynalyne

      iPad Mini is 4:3 though. It DOES make it considerably larger.

    • DainLaguna

      I was never one to complain about the screen size, but a lot of folks were upset that it was being sold for the price it was being sold at because it includes the low resolution display.technically this is only $50 cheaper but I think in the iPad minis case folks were not expecting Apple to keep the low res version around at the original price and just make the newest version sold the previous version cost

  • C-Law

    The price makes no sense. The regular g pad is only $299. Just wait until a gpe rom is available and then buy the regular one to save $50. I’m sure it will happen

    • sagisarius

      I think the regular one is $350, it’s just on sale some places.

      • C-Law

        Well that stinks then bc this is exclusive to Google play so will stay this price for a long time. I hope the rom can be ported. I’d rather save $50 and unlock the lg ui edition

        • sagisarius

          Well, google play editions tend you yield really fast updates for the vendor versions too… so it should work out.

    • Jeremy Gross

      that was a best buy sale (and some other places)

  • argeebee99

    Will you eventually be writing a review on this?

    • mustbepbs

      Don’t even bother asking, man. I quit barking up that tree. I asked both Kellen and Tim (replied directly to their comments) MULTIPLE TIMES and got no responses. They obviously don’t give a **** about it.

      • anon

        Not a Moto tab so they dont care

  • JPaquetteNY

    Just placed an order for one! Perfect size and LG has the best display technology in my opinion. The hardware enhancements versus the Nexus 7, and the ability for MicroSD up to 64GB is a win win combo in my book!

    • Michael Chediak

      Debating selling my Nexus 7 (2013) for this. The extra screen real estate in my mind makes a big difference.

      • TheDrunkenClam

        And I have an unused 64gb SD card. Considering the same.

        • M3D1T8R

          I’m in the exact same situation. Only thing is, my N7 (2013) is just small enough to fit in my pocket (to use for music). This might be a little too big for that. On the other hand I would love to be able to stick my whole 60gb of music on the sdcard and be done with always moving stuff on and off my 32 GB N7. Decisions…..

          • JD_26

            feels good to hold .. feels premium ..and is slim… add that to the pros list

        • dwboston

          Is it worth it though if you can’t write to the microSD card from the tablet? It’s the one thing that annoys me since the 4.3 upgrade on my GPE Galaxy S4. Google advertised the device with the SD card (using cagey language) then took away the ability to write to it with 4.3. If I could write to the SD card I’d be all over this tablet to replace my Xoom.

  • Michael Chediak

    Does this G Pad still have the micro sd slot?

    • Jeff Badger

      Yes. Click the play link and under storage at the bottom you’ll find 16GB internal and a microSD card up to 64GB.

  • DC_Guy

    Ok Google is about to get all my money!

  • Tyler James Edward Hills

    Oh sweet baby Jesus I want this

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    I want!

  • Brandon Lang

    The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a GPE device too! Loving all the OEMS stepping up and embracing stock android

    • Cael

      Just saw that…wow! Should have did the Z1 though…

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

    Way too expensive. The LG variant can be found for well under $300

    • mustbepbs

      That’s because it was selling poorly. I bought it for $350 and it was worth every penny. Best Android tab on the market.

      • AndroidUser00110001

        Best tablet for me too!

    • BrianRoskamp

      Agreed. There have been pretty steady deals making the G Pad around $250 through many retailers. Other than getting updates sooner, is there anything else that makes the GPE worth $100? As someone who is loving my LG G2, the LG skin and all, having the vanilla Android OS without the skin isn’t a big enough motivation. I’ve been debating getting the G Pad for a week or so and the GPE does sound enticing, I’m just looking for a better comparison between the two.

  • turdbogls

    HOLY BALLS, NEXUS 7 IN WHITE TOO!!!

    • Cael

      panda tab!

  • Carlos ⌘ Franco

    Wow, that is kind of amazing!

  • Blue Sun

    I wonder if Samsung will follow suit on releasing a GPE tablet.

  • Daniel Russell

    I’d have to hold it in hand, but to me it looks wider than the Nexus 7 which would be great for browsing the web, reading books and pdfs. As I spend most of my day reading pdfs, the wider form factor would be nice.

    • turdbogls

      I played with one at bestbuy….it was a stretch holding in one hand….not only is it wider, but its quite a bit heavier as well. and i have some pretty large hands.

      i still feel like 7″ is the perfect size portable tablet.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      What do you read often in PDF form? (Serious question)

      • Daniel Russell

        Scientific Papers. Grad students have to read all day every day!

        • sagisarius

          Same deal here, because of how Universities do copyright stuff anymore… everything is in PDF, which is great… but yeah, all day every day reading PDFs.

      • AlpaXray

        Downloaded books is what I read in .pdf. But that’s usually on work computers.

    • EraserXIV

      Stolen from prior thread, credit goes to droidify. This gives you a good frame of reference. It’s not much bigger and you get a whole extra 1.3 inches, which is pretty significant in this form factor.

      • Daniel Russell

        Nice. Form factor seems great. I have a Nexus 7 so it seem unlikely I’d get this though….

        • EraserXIV

          Yeah I think it mostly comes down to whether you need the extra screen size. 8.3 vs 7 is actually quite noticeable, you might have to compare it in person to see if it’s worth it for you.

      • M3D1T8R

        Thanks for reposting. That means this is going to be significantly wider than my 2013 N7. So probably too wide to pocket easily (for mp3 player use). Too bad.

      • droidify

        I love the form factor of my gpad but the yellow screen on mine is horrible. Hopefully the GPE will be tuned better.

        • dennis laska

          There is an app for adjusting the tint out. it’s free. Just add a bit of blue and the yellow will clean up.

          • droidify

            I’ve tried several. It doesn’t really help. If I add enough blue to make any measurable difference It makes all the colors muddy.

  • Samvelavich

    Not getting it unless its running iOS.

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

      Wrong site bro

      • Samvelavich

        I love how many downvotes I got lol, it was just a joke guys.

        • bisayan

          What do u expect? up votes? wrong website troll..move along!

        • jbegs

          Jokes are supposed to be funny, though…

          • Dat Nguyen

            I thought it was pretty funny. ;)

  • cns2007

    LG is seriously stepping it up. Good for them. We need more players in the game.

    • duke69111

      Now if they could just get my g2 the 4.4.1 update before Christmas, we’ll be in business.

      • Ryan

        Why? 4.2 is perfectly fine. I dont want it rushed and slow. I can wait and have a much less buggy version. Now if it came to 5.0 thats a different story.

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

          4.2.2 is plenty buggy, I can’t wait for 4.4.2