LG G Pad 8.3

LG re-enters the Android tablet market with a device designed to balance size, specs and weight

Welcome back, LG. It's been a couple years since we saw a tablet from the South Korean company — a hot mess of 3D at that — and it's back in fine form with the G Pad 8.3.

We got our first look at this guy here at the IFA conference in Berlin, and from the get-go — it's fairly impressive. Thin, light and big but not too big, LG's got what should be a nice little option.

The G Pad 8.3 borrows heavily from the smartphone side of things. Same UI, and mostly the same features, but with a couple new twists. The main one is Q Pair, which will connect the tablet not just to LG's most recent flagship, the G2 — but to any Android phone that can download the Q Pair app from Google Play, once it's available. 

Once they're connected, you'll be able to get simultaneous notifications on the phone and tablet — and they're actionable. So if a phone call comes in, you can take in through the tablet. Or decline it. Or decline it with a text message. Even in its early, unfinished iteration, it works pretty well. We'll have to see how great it is with non-LG phones, though.

LG's gone to great lengths to make all this synergy pretty seamless. Want to tether from your phone? It's one-touch access — far more simple than what we have on any other device at this point.

Otherwise, you're pretty much looking at the same software we've come to know in the LG G2 — for better or for worse. The on-board Snapdragon 600 processor — used in lieu of the beefier Snapdragon 800 for thermal purposes, among others — keeps the UI running as  smooth as we'd expect, which is to say, pretty good.

As far as the G Pad serving as a tablet, it definitely looks and feels bigger than our current go-to device, the Nexus 7. That's not a bad thing — it's supposed to be bigger, and LG went through the Korean national registry to research what would be the optimal size for one-handed use for folks between the ages of 20 and 60 — and 8.3 inches is what they came up with. (If you want to get technical, it's about 1 mm shy of that limit of 127 mm, actually.)

We'll give this guy a further what-for once the software's more settled — and we don't yet have any first dates or pricing, but we should see it in the states, for sure — but for now, enjoy our brief look here in Berlin.

 
There are 37 comments

rkirmeier says:

I really like it. Very similar to the Samsung but has on-screen buttons which I highly prefer.

SnowDog65 says:

I would rather have physical buttons and not waste the screen real-estate on button bar.

But otherwise this is MUCH better specs than Samsungs 8".

MexPride says:

*Cough* Samsung *Cough*

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DeerSteak says:

Yeah that wide hardware home button and those capacitive menu/back buttons really look Samsung-y.

Wait, what?

arrigob says:

This is what Samsung should have made the S4 look like is how I would put it.

dc9super80 says:

Samsung doesn´t know what metal is..

sibeans says:

Wow, reminds me of what BB had cooking back in 2011

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CellGuy says:

If only this had stock 4.3. It could be a winner. Not a fan of LGs OS skin.

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kjharrison says:

Replace the launcher with Nova Launcher and it won't bother you. Our whichever launcher you prefer.

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nathanzzx says:

A simple launcer does not replaced that ugly ass menu and hideous notification shortcuts or whatever that thing is called.

Dee Moe1 says:

Looks good

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codiusprime says:

Love the LG hardware this time around but I don't think I could deal with the amateur looking skin. Stock Android is not a requirement for me but I just don't understand why these manufacturers can't make a phone packed with features that doesn't have a UI that looks like it was designed by a 12 year old.

Caspian#IM says:

What is the display resolution?

newboyx says:

1920 x 1200

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newboyx says:

HARDWARE
Height 8.54 inches
Width 4.98 inches
Thickness .33 inches
Weight .75 pounds
Color Black, White
Speakers Mono
DISPLAY
Screen size (diagonal) 8.3 inches
Technology LCD
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1200 px
PPI 273
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
SOFTWARE
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.2.2
PROCESSOR
CPU brand Qualcomm
CPU family Snapdragon 600
Clock speed 1.7 GHz
Cores 4
MEMORY
RAM size 2 GB
RAM type DDR2
STORAGE
Internal size 16 GB
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi Yes
FRONT CAMERA
Effective pixels 1.3 megapixels
REAR CAMERA
Effective pixels 5 megapixels
PORTS
Video out Yes
Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections Micro USB
BATTERY
Capacity 4600 mAh

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miles4000 says:

Speakers Mono? Think that's wrong.

crester says:

That looks EXACTLY like a Samsung tablet but without the hardware button!!!

Arty Marty says:

Display resolution?
I really want something this size that's good for drawing on... (that's NOT a Samsung note)
I like the way this is OPEN as in works with other brands. Would like SD800 CPU But anyway...
Can someone please make a decent stylus capable tablet with good screen resolution under 9", is not some proprietary skinned hell and that at least LOOKS like it runs android (or can be rooted while not losing all its features)
Please?

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Love the size of this, I have a old Nexus and while its great I do feel its a little small.
Not sure what I think about the UI however will reserve judgement on that until we actually get to see final versions and more hands on use.

Also the price is going to be key here $299 at the most and I think LG is going to have a winner.

s2weden2000 says:

n0pe...

miles4000 says:

I think you spent too much time comparing with the phone. Would of been nice to see that 3 save app multitasking feature.

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return_0 says:

Lol at all the Samsung fanboys...

rkirmeier says:

I have had a S2, S3, and S4 cause it was the best phones I could get at the time. Not a fanboy by any means. They do make very nice cell phones. If the G2 had a removable battery I would consider it but it does not so really only things about the G2 I like more is the on-screen buttons so not worth the effort as I can deal with a physical button on a phone but not a tablet. Whomever can come up with a 10-12 inch tablet with good specs and multi-windows support (must have on-screen buttons) will get my money. Might pick up this tablet for a more portable solution in the vehicle too. I'll continue buying Samsung phones if no one else will use MicroSD and removable battery but unless Sammy stops using the stupid physical home button I'm done with their tablets.

s2weden2000 says:

that´s right!
ch0ice

This looks really promising. QPair reminds me of my Playbook+9350 combo, can't wait to see how it works once it's finally released. I would have liked to have seen the speakers on the front, as opposed to playing into my legs when I'm using it. We'll see how it is when it finally releases. Hopefully the price doesn't end up killing it.

Since the name has "8.3" in it, does that mean we are going to be seeing other iterations with other screen sizes? I personally think the 8" range is a great size, others may feel other sizes are the best for them.

unopepito06 says:

Hehe, just picked up a Nexus 7 2013 yesterday. :)
As much as I'd like an 8.3 inch tablet, with Kit Kat now being official I look forward to getting it essentially immediately out the gate.

Jonneh says:

Really wanting this.
By the way, does anyone know if you could (like a Note 10.1) place your hand on the tablet while writing with a capacitive pen/stylus to take notes, without your palm or hand registering unwanted touches? I know the Note series is capable of this (obviously with their included stylus and note-taking apps), but can the G Pad do this as well if I bought my own stylus?

Wow, the ability to use the tablet to accept and receive calls/text. This is something i've been dying to have.

Curious - is there an app for this? i've always on my nexus 7 at home and i hate switching back and forth for texts.

darkoman4 says:

Tablet talk is the app. Can't talk but could make calls and texts.

Suntan says:

If it had an SD slot I'd have my finger hovering over the "pre-order" button right now.

-Suntan

I wonder if it will support usb otg?

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Hopper40 says:

It does have an Sd slot.

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itmccb says:

Save for the metal back cover, it looks like a Nexus device, down to the beveling of the edges.

aikonriche says:

LG phones and tablets are directly ripoffs of Samsung. It must be hard to think of a different design and avoid being a knockoff of an already popular design. Or Samsung's design is too generic that you'll find it on virtually any other brand.

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Aredubu says:

As soon as this is available, I am all over it.

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