LG G Pad 8.3


LG this morning (OK, Saturday evening in much of the world) has announced the already sort-of announced G Pad 8.3 Android tablet. It'll be formally introduced this (next) week at the IFA conference in Berlin

This will be LG's first tablet since the 3D-happy LG Optimus Pad of 2011, which pretty much flamed out alongside every other 3D device that year.

The G Pad sports the aforementioned 8.3-inch display at 1920x1200 resolution (for 273 pixels per inch). That's a little larger than our current favorite, the 2013 Nexus 7, but with a slightly lower pixels per inch — the new Nexus 7 is at 323 ppi.

The G Pad 8.3 is powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7 GHz, with the nominal 2GB of RAM thrown in. It's running Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and has a few of the features we're currently enjoying in the companion LG G2 smartphone — namely Knock On (for turning on the display without using the power button), Slide Aside and QSlide. It's got a 4,600 mAh battery powering things.

And we called the new LG G2 a companion phone for a reason. The G Pad 8.3 will truly pair with it. When you receieve a call or message on the phone, it can also appear at the same time on the paired tablet, as part of the QPair app. Same goes for notes. And this feature won't be exclusive to LG devices — it'll work on other Android phones and tablets running Jely Bean.

The G Pad 8.3 will be available in white or black. It'll hit North America, Europe and Asia later this year, starting in the fourth quarter.

We'll get a better look at this guy this (next) week in Berlin. For now, we've got the full presser after the break.

SEOUL, Sep. 1, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today announced the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, the latest addition to its G Series lineup of premium mobile devices. The all-new LG G Pad 8.3 boasts the first Full HD display on an 8-inch class tablet, a unique user-experience and wide range of connectivity features. Set to officially debut next week at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, the LG G Pad 8.3 builds on the recent launch of the LG G2 superphone, reinforcing LG’s commitment to leadership in advanced mobile devices through its premium G Series products.

“Complementing our G Series smartphones, the introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 further strengthens LG’s premium lineup consisting of our most cutting-edge devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate.”

Pocket-Sized Portability with Powerful Battery

Despite its large display, the LG G Pad 8.3 features a slim and sleek form factor that is comfortable enough to hold in one hand. Such compact portability is based on LG’s learning from consumers regarding the optimum size of a tablet. While maintaining its portability, the LG G Pad 8.3 squeezes in a powerful 4600mAh battery for long-lasting usage time but is still as light as a newspaper at just 338g.

First Full HD Display Tablet in 8-inch Class

Incorporating a key attribute of other premium G Series devices including the G Pro and G2 smartphones, the LG G Pad 8.3 is the first 8-inch class tablet to offer a Full HD display. The G Pad is equipped with a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) display capable of delivering picture quality with even higher resolution than a standard Full HD display. In addition, the Qualcomm? Snapdragon™ 600 Processor with 1.7GHz Quad-Core CPU enhances the viewing experience with powerful performance as users will be able to enjoy Full HD content without any compromise.

True Convergence Experience with QPair

The LG G Pad 8.3 meets the demanding requirements of the convergence age by improving connectivity between multiple devices. With the unique QPair app, every call and message received on a smartphone will appear on the G Pad for a true convergence experience. Users can then send simple replies through the LG G Pad 8.3. QPair also allows the G Pad to easily connect to other manufacturers’ smartphone and tablets (Jelly Bean OS recommended). Notes created on the G Pad’s QMemo can be seamlessly saved into users’ smartphones and shared from either device.

User Experience Maximized for a Tablet

The LG G Pad 8.3 offers practical features that provide real-life benefits, such as enhanced multitasking. Thanks to its 8.3-inch Full HD Display, user experience (UX) features unique to the LG G Pad 8.3 are maximized for the large screen:

  • Slide Aside enables seamless multitasking by simply “sliding” currently open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe
  • QSlide controls up to three different apps in one window with no interruption, especially convenient on a large screen
  • KnockON turns the device on and off by tapping the display twice

The LG G Pad 8.3 will be rolled out globally in key markets including North America, Europe and Asia as well as other regions starting in the fourth quarter of 2013. Prices will be announced at launch time.

Key Specifications:

  • Processor: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm? Snapdragon™ 600 Processor
  • Display: 8.3-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels / 273 ppi)
  • Memory: 16GB eMMC
  • Camera: Rear 5.0MP / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 338g
  • Colors: Black / White

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LG officially announces the G Pad 8.3 tablet, will hit North America later this year


One other tablet to launch this month worth considering is the Pipo M7 Pro ($255) - which packs in a solid device with an impressive price that compares to the new Nexus 7, and features a much larger 8.9" 1900X1200 PLS display(Samsung brand); along with Quad Core performance, with a Rockchip 3188/1.6 GHz processor/2GB Ram -- which handles most tablet needs quite well, including 3D gaming; and also offers built-in GPS navigation, premium dual speakers, a 6300 mAh battery, Dual WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz), Bluetooth, and the option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user-friendly Windows style interface; and a 3G HSPA+ edition is also available for slightly more --

One of the first sources in the U.S. to feature this new device is TabletSprint -- which has complete specs of the Pipo M7 Pro, as well as details of a few other new models worth reviewing to be released later this month.

That thing has a sub-par GPU part of the SoC for such a resolution, so it might be just useless. Same thing happened with Archos platinum tablets, which had a similar if not the same SoC and similar resolution, but one couldnt use the native resolution at all, as it was all laggy.

I bought a Pipo M6 a few months ago with the same quad core processor and the performance is just fine on these models. It's perfect for a tablet, it's not like you're running a full fledged desktop. CRNKOJ has no idea what he's talking about. The build-quality on the Pipo tablets are just as good as my Nexus 10 and it cost $120 less - can't complain.

I know! I'm not a fan of LG's UI but a launcher would look great on this
tablet! Let's just all hope the price is right.....


If it's not close to the price of the Nexus 7 it won't really matter. The N7 is that good and has the best price available.

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Because the screen dwarfs the nexus 7's screen. 8.3" is not a little bigger, its a lot bigger when you put them side by side. Try putting an iPhone 5 beside the galaxy note 2, and you will see what I mean. The nexus 7 is great, but I like the 8" screens better, and as of now the only choice on android is the Samsung, and the screen resolution is not good at all.

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I can think of a bunch--much more screen real estate, faster CPU, larger battery.

I think the Nexus 7 is a very good device. It's just that the screen, at only 7" and with a 16:10 ratio is too small and cramped--landscape use is terrible, especially web browsing.

Concerns I have though are LG's skin, launching with 4.2.2 when KLP is likely coming out or just around the corner, and no mention of memory storage options other than 16 GB. Certainly worth keeping an eye on though.

Why would key lime pie be right around the corner when 4.3 just came out. Google has to let the manufacturers catch up.

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Maybe the manufacturers need to stop taking so much time to reskin Android? You can upgrade a Windows computer as soon as the new OS comes out and MS has the same business model, designing just the software and leaving the design hardware to their hardware partners, with the obvious exception of the Nexus line. Not to mention it's much easier on Windows to reinstall a clean version of the OS compared to Android.

Because its rumored to be released around the same time as the next Nexus phone, likely in Oct/Nov. And 4.3 was only a very slight incremental update.

It's not Googles fault that manufacturers are slow as hell to push out their updates. Jelly Bean was initially released July 2012, so we're approaching a year and a half by the time the next Nexus is released, an eternity in terms of mobile OSs.

Yeah, I'm also looking forward to hearing what the price of this will be although I suspect it won't be as close as I would like to the pricing of the Nexus 7. Time will tell.

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Disagree. I'm very unhappy with my N7. I probably won't be buying another Nexus product ever again, as I don't like being a Google guinea pig, and I prefer something that works consistently over something cheap. If there's one thing I've learned with tattoos and technology, you get what you pay for. I'll gladly be plunking down $300+ on my next tablet, so long as it works.

Well Said,
I owned a Nexus-7 for 10 days and took that thing back. Spent $40.00 more and purchased a Tab 3 8.0.. And I Could Not Be Happier.. Specs Don't Mean Sheet..
The Tab 3 8.0 is a Polished Diamond where the Nexus-7 is a lump of Coal.

I used the Note 8 for a few minutes and that thing was so laggy, even next to the 2012 Nexus 7. I hope the Tab is better, but it is lower specced than the Note. I have had some issues with my new Nexus 7 though. Hopefully they will not continue.

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I give it a USD $280 price tag.
1 it doesn't have the best chip out there
2 PPI isn't mind blowing.
3 Cameras are pretty standard.
But we'll see, that battery may get the price to the 300s.

I don't think it looks like a phone. The Samsung tab 3 series look like enlarged Galaxy S4's. This looks very nice for a tablet, and I personally like it much better than Samsung's design.

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Wonder if it has the micro sd slot.. But overall a clean and elegant design I feel...


This is sweet looking. LG starting to kick some tail! Maybe the price point might be in line too!

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Yo dawg, I hear you like announcements so here is an announcement concerning your recent announcement about the upcoming announcement.


you can get knock on for the galaxy nexus and the nexus 4! :-)
just search for touch control on the play store or on xda (this was here long before)

I Have To Give HTC a Hellva Lot Of Credit..

Being THE 1ST to put the Speakers on the Front of the Device in the PERFECT spot was PURE GENIUS..

And Now.. EVERYONE is afraid to copy them.

This Product = FAIL for the 2 tiny speakers on the rear.. yet AGAIN.

I'm typing this from my galaxy note 10.1 which has had front facing speakers months before the HTC One was announced. So has the Nexus 10.

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Stop cluttering the thread with facts and stuff.

My wifes feature phone from like 5 years ago had a big front speaker on it took up most of the lid of the clamshell

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I owned a Nexus 10 back in 2012 for 10 days.. Garbage. Lightbleed being the NUMBER 1 issue with over 30,000 hits between AC & XDA on the issue.. Like I said HTC did it RIGHT.. And They Kick Ass.
Props from Me to HTC.

I could careless where the speakers are on my phone or tablet. I am going to be using headphones 90% of the time anyways.


It's sooooo mainstream that only one phone has it (Htc one) so stop thinking Samsung invented everything your starting to sound like an apple fan boy.

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Does it allow MicroSD? Looks nice, we now see some compact Android tablets that really look good.

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Great new features, but this had better priced better than the nexus 7, or its getting my money. If its priced too high, people will by the note 8 or the iPad mini. Start at $299, and this would write the for with the tab 3, and it would be a worthy upgrade over the nexus 7.

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With all the buzz Apple got from naming the iPad after what sounded like a feminine preduct. I like that LG is taking it to the next level. The ads should point out the thinner wings..

So does anyone have an idea how the G Pad 8.3 will compare to the Galaxy Note 8.0 in terms of graphics processing? I just picked up a Galaxy Note 8.0 and was waiting to open it until more information was available on the G Pad. Obviously the resolution is much improved, wondering about the other aspects though.

This might be sacrilege, but I'm not interested in the N7 either. It's not large enough compared to my Note 2, not to mention onscreen soft keys take up space on an already cramped screen.

Well, it looks like the G Pad 8.3 will beat the Note 8.0 in terms of graphics processing. I believe the G Pad will come with the Snapdragon 600 with Adreno 330 GPU. This is an upgrade over the Snapdragon S4 Pro in the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 7 is already beating the Note 8.0 in benchmarks, so the gap should be even wider between the G Pad and the Note in the G Pad's favor. The increased resolution may have an effect on the performance. I'm not sure if it would be enough to bring it inline with the Note 8.0. Anyone know?

I hate that they advertise it in that orientation and with that screen on. It makes it look like a giant phone instead of a tablet.

My 2012 Optimus G with a snapdragon and jb 4.1 runs circles around my 2012 nexus 7 with tegra 3 and jb 4.3. Since getting my optimus, I've been thinking "Why not make a 7-8 inch tab version?" If this new 8.3 tab runs like my optimus phone I'll buy, but no more than $300. Tabs are disposable like phones after a year or two. I like the idea of my phone and tab being connected like one. Just slightly disappointed about snapdragon 600 vs. 800, but if it keeps costs down, then so be it.

Seems like that is the only logical reason for the using the 600, which I am okay with if they are targeting a low entry price. Like you said $299 max and I am in for sure.

I have a Nexus and while it is great I just wish it was a little bit larger...this could be it.

Can't wait to hear the full rundown on the G Pad in Berlin this week. Already, looking at the specs, it seems like LG have developed something that more than excels the precedent set by the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0. When compared with the iPad Mini it's clear to see that the G Pad can run circles around its competitors. One to watch for sure!

If this has a micro sd slot then it will be my next tablet, if not then another wasted tablet, this is 2013, only 16gb with no expandable memory is not acceptable, 32gb should be the bare min, for me anything less than 64gb without an sd slot isn't enough, I'm down to only 14gb free out of the 64gb in my phone.

If this tablet is at least 32 gb and anything like my G2, I'll be selljng both my Note 8.0 and my Nexus 7!

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