Last week LG confirmed it was about to re-enter the competitive world of Android tablets with the G Pad 8.3, but aside from a teaser video featuring people telling the company what they wanted from their tablet, we didn’t have any official news from LG on the slate’s features. That’s all changed now, as ahead of the IFA tech show in Berlin, LG has made the G Pad 8.3 official.
It looks great too, building on the sleek, clean lines of the new LG G2 smartphone. It’s thin at 8.3mm, and weighs 338 grams, not bad for a tablet with an 8.3-inch display. The screen’s resolution is an impressive 1920×1200, which equals other top tablets such as the Xperia Tablet Z and the brand new Nexus 7. Combined with the screen size, the high resolution gives the G Pad a pixel density of 273ppi.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor with a clock speed of 1.7GHz, along with 2GB of RAM, is powering the Android 4.2.2 operating system, equipped with LG’s own user interface and a few of the gesture controls seen on the G2 smartphone. For example, a double tap on the screen with either wake the tablet up, or put it to sleep.
LG has also added something called QPair, where you can link the tablet with your phone, so it displays notifications and any call details. The good news is, it will work with any Android Jelly Bean device, regardless if it’s made by LG. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth and a 4600mAh battery.
So how much will LG’s return to tablets cost? That’s the one thing we don’t know yet, but we do know it’ll be coming to Europe before Christmas.