LG G Pad 8.3

Sleek LG G Pad 8.3 tablet costs $349, available in two colors

LG today announced that its new G Pad 8.3 tablet is available now from BestBuy.com for $349. It'll be available in stores starting Nov. 3.

The 8.3-inch tablet, as we found in our initial hands-on at IFA in Berlin and in a couple weeks' worth of more recent use, is one hell of a tablet, with a sleek design, great display (8.3 inches at 1920x1200), running Android 4.2.2 and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. 

So on the whole, you've got a pretty typical tablet experience. But LG's got a fair amount of custom software tossed in here — including those cute-at-first-but-annoying-as-hell-later Vienna Boys Choir ringtones, and its Quick Memo note-taking apps.

More interesting, however, is the Q Pair feature, which will sync up your phone — LG for now, and other devices in the future — with the G Pad 8.3, allowing you to receive or decline calls right from the tablet

More: LG G Pad 8.3 at Best Buy (white, black);
Source: Press release

 
There are 47 comments

Marc11218 says:

$349? Bit steep no?

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jmbburg26 says:

No its not steep. This has a newer processor, larger screen, aluminum body, and has more features. I'm not saying it's better, but the price is justified by what you get.

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NovaWiz says:

The processor is not newer, Nexus 7's processor is actually Snapdragon 600(Krait 300 cores) underclocked to 1.5Ghz so the only thing Gpad have is 200mhz in stock clock. The speaker placement is actually worse(back instead of bottom). Given the Price difference between this and the 32GB Nexus 7(32GB, $269.99) you are paying quite a premium for the 8.3" screen and SD card slot.

Plus Gpad will be harder to unlock and will have fewer developers, not to mention it is launching with 4.2.2.

Marc11218 says:

Wonder when Amazon will carry it.

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Peter Blanco says:

Because options is the bottom line. I LOVE the Nexus line, but do you only want Nexus tablets available? I didn't think so, imagine how boring the market would be? We would be like Apple!

RaiderWill says:

Excellent Point.
I just purchased an Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10 this past weekend.. It's going back for this.. :-)

kalo88 says:

The speaker placement can be argued either way, when you hold the nexus 7 in landscape your hands actually cover the speakers.

You're not paying a premium at all, Nexus is sold AT COST to get you into the 'google world'.

angryGTS says:

Priced better than the Note 8.0.

RaiderWill says:

Very True.
And the screen is quite a bit bigger if you check out some youtube's.. If you don't require a stylus, this one checks all the boxes..:-)

DGetz says:

The G2 is what, double this price? With a smaller screen, smaller battery and plastic housing.

I actually don't understand how tablets are so cheap. They likely cost quite a bit more than phones to make and they sell a lot less of them.

Maybe phones should be cheaper.

ne0ne says:

No. Phones cost much more to design and test. Much more goes into a phone.

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ne0ne says:

Think of the size difference. PCB development and fabrication costs, RF properties of the phone.

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I agree phones should be cheaper, but it's always about scale. The G2 actually has a faster processor, double the storage, and everything else is exactly the same (including screen resolution on that smaller screen). So the smaller you go with the same specs, usually the more expensive things are.

Ah, I was hoping for a bit cheaper. I know it's bigger and a bit more powerful than the Nexus 7, but I was hoping for $300 at the most. Maybe they'll go on sale before Christmas, or after.

Bla1ze says:

LG seems to of have finally made a nice tablet....and priced it all wrong. Go figure.

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wickets says:

I wish there was a radio version......being stuck with wifi seems so 20th century.

ConTejas says:

To each their own, I'd much rather tether it to whatever Nexus phone is in my pocket for free.

ichuck7 says:

Why does Samsung and LG take away the multitasking / recent apps button? I use it all the time.

I'm so used to long pressing the home button, I even try to do it on my Nexus 7.

teejay69 says:

I've grown so used to pure Android on my Hisense Sero Pro that I don't think I'd like any skinning on any device anymore. I'd go with the new Nexus tablets first.

That being said I love the look of the Samsung and LG systems! It's what ever works for us that makes it all good!

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ilhe1s says:

I have been AOSP for the past 4 years and I just bought the G2 and some of the customization and added software are just great. I use them quite often. The only downside in my mind is all the bloat that comes with these carrier phones. Of course I don't get the latest and greatest but that's what my Nexus 7 is for. Balance! ;)

tofucious says:

How is $350 to steep? Sure the Nexus is cheaper but Google doesn't need to profit from them... Other than that what's cheaper... A Coby tablet? Good luck with that...

oesjmr says:

About $50 too much...I think $300 for this tablet would be the sweet spot. Hopefully they'll go on sale before Christmas!

kalo88 says:

The nexus 7 costs $320 in the UK (or equiv of) and that is a device sold at cost.

On that basis, i really don't think the LG G pad is over priced.

Aredubu says:

Have it marked on my calendar. I'll be there on the 3rd. I really like my Nexus, but after having a Note 8, I really prefer the extra screen real estate.

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The whole getting upset over pricing is something I don't get.

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jwyche007 says:

Really would prefer an S800 but this might work.

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CellGuy says:

Just ordered mine. I've been waiting for this announcement and my note 8 is still within its return time. This will go well with my G2!

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Aredubu says:

Same here. I was going to wait, but decided to pre-order with expedited shipping. Will be a great companion with my G2 as well!

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rampage1979 says:

Nice I'm thinking about giving my 2013 nexus 7 to the wife and pair this G tab with my new G2.

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RaiderWill says:

You sound like me.. I returned my Note 8 on the 15th day @ the 11th hour (20 mins til closing)bought an N7 2013 but that lasted 48 hours screen is just too small for my taste, then I jumped on a Asus FHD 10.. it's nice but some things are just not happening with the x86 Intel Architecture.. But like you, This was the Tablet I've been waiting for..

MarkSeven says:

I think $349 isn't too bad for an 8 inch that has a better display than the iPad Mini..

jpra923 says:

^This guy gets it! I think it's fairly priced when you consider what the iPad Mini costs. Any screen larger than 8" should be just above the $300 mark and anything below 8" should be just under the $300 mark.

Aredubu says:

Better display than the Note 8 too, plus loses the home button smack dab in the middle of the bezel which I press inadvertently on a regular basis. Looks like I'll have a N7 on Swappa soon.

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CellGuy says:

Note 8 is nice but I HATE the buttons. The G2 is a beast and I see no reason to not get the Gpad.

aja79 says:

Still new nexus 7 2 unreachable

Aredubu says:

Not a contest, just a preference.

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rkirmeier says:

Major fail on the price point! No way! Can get a Nexus 10 for just a little more...

ursa08 says:

4G/LTE version? When?

I think LG is banking on people with G2s to get this because it compliments the phone so nicely. It's a shame they didn't go with the 800 considering the phone has the 800, but I do think I would like to have this to go with my G2. Then I'll have a 5.2" G2, an 8.3" G Pad, and a 10.1" Infinity Pad. I really need a new laptop also though...

Android users are such cheap arses! Wow. No wonder we can't have nice things.
$349 is _NOT_ a bad price for this.

Aredubu says:

+1

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RaiderWill says:

I'll take the G2 / 8.3 combo vs the Note 3/ Smartwatch any day.
Why do I have the sick feeling I'm going to spend $600.00 on a T-Mo G2 on Cyber Monday to go with my Pad 8.3.... Ouch!

s2weden2000 says:

it pairs with the G2 for extra functionality...

Pirate Arr says:

Its even more expensive than the iPad mini and that device is already a year old running on 3 year old internals. I wanted to get this tablet but its even more expensive than the mini. Guess I'll go with the 2g mini than which will hopefully have new internals. I was really expecting a 16gb around 280 or so and 32gb for 330 to make it a competitive device towards the mini, but this is to expensive for my liking. I love the SD slot for expandable memory so I guess it could be worth it, but again to much.

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RaiderWill says:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is $279.00 @ BestBuy.
And how do you know the Mini 2013 is still going to be $329.00 for 16Gb?
If bang for your Dollar is your primary.. then the Tab 3.8.0 or 16Gb $219.00 N7 should be your only 2 choices.. The Mini's internals will NEVER match a Snapdragon 600..
They will give it just enough to push a Retina Display.. that's it.
And if you are looking for 32Gb & low cost.. your stuck with a 7" N7.
I've owned the Tab 3.8.0.. Dual Core Exynos 1.5's & 1.5 Gb of Ram.. Not bad for $279.00.. and memory expandable to 64Gb.
But the LG G Pad 8.3 Checks ALL the boxes.. and is worth $350.00 bucks IMO.

Evilnut says:

Nice tablet, I've always thought 8 - 8.5" tablets were the sweet spot size. To me 7" is just a bit too small & sometimes my Nexus 10 is just a bit too big. Anyone want to start a petition for Nexus 8?

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