LG G Pad 8.3

£260 price, launching 'in the run up to Christmas'

LG has announced its launch UK and Ireland plans for the new G Pad 8.3, which will see the Korean manufacturer bringing its latest tablet to the British Isles in time for the holidays. A post on LG's official UK blog also reveals that the tablet will sell for £260 through a partnership with retail distributor Micro-P. In Ireland it'll be sold exclusively through Harvey Norman from the end of October, and LG says it plans to launch the tablet in 30 more markets by the end of the year.

The G Pad is LG's first entry into the tablet market for more than two years, featuring an 8.3-inch 1080p IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, topped off with LG's own software sprinkles. It'll compete with the cheaper 7-inch Nexus 7, but LG will be hoping the G Pad's larger display, faster CPU and colorful software will set it apart from Google's tablet.

For more on the device, check out our hands-on preview from IFA 2013, linked below.

More: Hands-on with the LG G Pad 8.3

Source: LG UK

 
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This.. I want. If LG was smart they would bring this to the states for the Christmas season

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What would set LG apart is quick updates rather than lagging behind like they always do... To get a software update on LG you basically have to buy their new device (which will only be 3 months after their 'flagship'). This does look a decent product though, if the new nexus 10 doesn't tempt me then this will for the price.

That might set LG apart with the Android nerds, but most of the regular people who buy tablets aren't going to be so concerned whether its 4.2.2 or 4.3 or whatever. 

Android has some great tablets in all shapes and sizes. However one thing that annoys me is that a number of high profile app developers only allow there apps to be downloaded on certain android tablet devices. The last thing you want is to buy a tablet and you can't run your favourite apps on it. Sky Go for example is only supported on selected tablets, don't even think you can download the app onto a nexus 10. This app restriction is forcing people who buy the less popular tablets such as this one to potentially be unsatisfied due to app restrictions and that sucks. Support may never come for the lifetime of the device.

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Good point. Support by developers. Hadn't put that into the equation.

LG G Pad, Nexus 7-13, or HTC Maxx
Which would be the most useful as my first tablet.

Probably the Nexus 7 on wifi although like the HTC IR blaster and dual front boom sound speakers and HTC accessories like mini subwoffer and extended battery cover/stand is really compelling. Sense 5.5 is distinctively extraordinary.. Price will be consideration.

For me, Samsung cheap plastic, physical button, AMOLED, Touchwiz Note is way too undesirable.

For me, mind you fanatics and paid trolls.

Says you.

For me it is a tablet. Would have no desire to be the clown using it as my primary use phone.

If you want to make sure almost everything will work with the tablet, then go with the Nexus 7. I don't have a Nexus 7 and I don't really desire one, but if you are that worried about developer support, then get the Nexus.

If this is priced right when it comes to the U.S. then I will definitely be looking at getting it. It would compliment my G2 perfectly and it's a perfect size. I think the updates from LG will be more timely as they are making the Nexus 5 and there was some Spanish article over on XDA that said LG and Google are working very closely to make sure LG's non-Nexus devices get updated quicker than any other device.

App developers support was the question. I agree Android updates should not be an issue.

Don't have an LG to complement yet do enjoy HTC's distinctively brilliant handsets.

No, I know what you meant. I'm just saying the Nexus is essentially the default platform that everyone has to test against to make sure things work properly and being 7 inches, it's a pretty standard size so you wouldn't have to worry about apps looking odd on it.

Although a drawback is that since a Nexus gets updates first, a new software version could cause other apps to no longer work. This is not always the case, but it does occur and while LG and Google are working closely together, the app developers will still have time to get things fixed between when the Nexus gets the new software and when the G Pad will get it because LG will still have to infuse their software into the new version.

Also if the G Pad essentially has the same software as the G2 then it will have an option that you can check which will automatically adjust screen resolution for apps that don't fit quite right under the normal settings.

US prices are usually dramatically decreased versus GBP/Euro/AUD/etc.

For example, the Nexus 7 II 16gb wifi is (according to techradar) USD229 and retails for GBP220 and EUR260 respectively (both approx USD350 in conversion).

If this were to be released in the US, it'd probably have a much less hefty price tag

It irritates me how basically products are the same in USD/GBP.

$229 is £143, even with 13% tax which I think is the highest in the US that makes it £161 so it's still £58 CHEAPER than in the UK.

Part of the price difference is because the UK has a 20 percent VAT included in the price, while US sales taxes are not customarily included (since they vary so much from state to state). Another part of the difference is because UK law enforces stricter warrenty terms than US law. And the rest is simply because you guys keep paying more.

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Lovely looking thing. Switched from iPad mini to a Nexus 7 and although the screen is lovely I do miss the extra real estate of the iPad. A Nexus 8 would be ideal as I tend not to stray from Stock Android but one of these with Nova could be the next best thing.

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Lovely looking thing. Switched from iPad mini to a Nexus 7 and although the screen is lovely I do miss the extra real estate of the iPad. A Nexus 8 would be ideal as I tend not to stray from Stock Android but one of these with Nova could be the next best thing.

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