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LG G Pad 8.3 Equipped With 4G LTE Radios Stops by FCC en Route to Verizon

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LG’s newest tablet, the G Pad 8.3, has hit the FCC this week on a course to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The tablet made a quick stop, showing LTE radios that support bands 4 and 13 (Verizon’s bands) inside and model number VK810, while all other specs and dimensions of the tablet appear to be unchanged. The G Pad 8.3 is also available as a Google Play Edition device as WiFi-only right from Google Play for the price of $349.99. 

As of right now, there is no word from Verizon on the device hitting its network, but after FCC approval, we may not have too much longer to wait. And for those that may ask, no pricing is known either.

Are people still snatching tablets up on data plans? Anyone here thinking about picking one up?

Via: Engadget
  • Bruce Wayne

    If I can’t make a call from it, then I’m sticking with my n5120 which has phone capability.

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    Is the Google Play Edition of this tablet a good Nexus 7 2012 replacement with the slightly larger screen? anyone out there held this one in hand or used both?

    • dr

      I did exactly that. Love love love the form factor. Comfortable for on hand convenient for two when you want to type with both thumbs.

  • Robert Boluyt

    Just bought the GPe sku. If it had TMO LTE, it’d almost be my ideal tablet. ~8in screen, stock Android, FHD resolution, powerful SoC, TMO LTE, 32GB onboard, sd card storage.

  • MichaelFranz

    OH SWEET BABY JESUS YESSSSS……ive been waiting for this. I need an LTE tab to replace my xoom…this is it.

    • tyguy829

      why wouldn’t you just tether to your phone instead of paying for data twice?

      • MichaelFranz

        Because I use the line for upgrading phones. I have a loophole

        • morpheus282

          At $30 per month for 24 months, why is it better to use that line for upgrades then spend the $720 you’d put into the data charge on a full price phone?

          • MichaelFranz

            trust me it works. I have a shared line on this tablet seperate form my utl data….there are 3 lines 1 phone and 2 tabs. there is a way to use the upgrade on a tab line to get a phone which is why i keep it. I do use the data somewhat plus it is only $10 a month to keep the tab, so $120 for the year i can deal with. The data portion paid my the phone line user and other tab line user as part of a normal bill, just the way it has worked out. Not all the devices are mine so the people who own them pay what they need to and in turn i get upgrades to use. Now vzw does not let you use tab upgrades for phones but i figured out a way to do it and it has worked for a while now.

          • morpheus282

            Ah, I’m still on the unlimited data plan so a tablet is $30/month and not really worth the price.

    • Blue Sun

      After using my Xoom LTE for almost 3 years, I swore I would never buy an LTE tablet again. I hope you would consider using your mobile phone as a Wi-Fi access point before getting locked into another 2 year contract with a molasses slow update process.

    • droidify

      I have the wifi version and I really like it. There are some compromises though, the screen is pretty dim and the screen colors are calibrated annoyingly warm. All the whites have a dingy yellow hue. Overall it is a good tablet. Great speed and OK battery life. The size is perfection in my opinion. Coming from a zoom, it will be night and day better.

      • MichaelFranz

        i agree, plus i like that it has a decent Dev community and hopefully that will continue with an LTE version. If that is the case then some kernel tweeks or custom roms might help some issues. Either way i think this one is it..

    • jack584

      Just buy a Nexus 7 LTE and swap your SIM card into it from your Xoom. It works on Verizon if you are using an already active SIM (the one from your Xoom). The only problem is activating a brand new SIM on the Nexus 7, that will not work.

      You may have to cut down the SIM though.

      • MichaelFranz

        The screen is too small to me…I think 8.3 is ideal

        • morpheus282

          I agree, the difference in 8″ and 7″ tablets doesn’t sound like much but sometimes an extra inch makes all the difference.

          • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

            43 minutes went by and no TWSS joke on this? i’m a little disappointed guys.

          • morpheus282

            How do you think I feel after leaving a gratuitous setup like that?

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        The Nexus 7 won’t work with CDMA, will it? So if you lose your LTE signal, you’re pretty much boned.

        • jack584

          Correct, it is LTE only, at least you don’t have to deal with that junk CDMA, although CDMA is better then nothing.

  • droidify

    I found the official press render. Something is different but I can’t put my finger on it..

  • Spider210

    I can speak from selling experience. People would rather save on their data then rack it up… But this is a nice tablet if its the same as the WiFi model