LG G Pad 8.3 to be LG’s re-entry to UK tablet market


LG G Pad 8.3

LG, the Korean technology, have announced they will re-enter the UK Tablet market with the LG G Pad 8.3, an 8 inch tablet running Android 4.2.2, in the run up to Christmas.

LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet:

The LG G Pad 8.3 will be at the top of the G line of products from LG, cousin of the LG G2 (launched in October) and the G Pro. The LG G Pad 8.3 will be the first 8 inch tablet to bring a full 1080p HD screen to the format thanks to LG’s 1920 x 1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array), powered by a Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz processor and 2GB of memory. Running all this is a massive 4600mAh battery.

You’d think that by being so powerful, this will be a massive device, but LG has managed to fit all this awesome power into a device which is 8.3mm thin. LG said that they released the 8.3 inch screen as it was perfect to still fit comfortably in the hand, portable enough to fit in a back pocket, yet be powerful enough to fulfill any requirement from the user.  The LG G Pad 8.3 will also feature all the LG specific features such as Slide Aside(multi-tasking on LG), Quick Memo (similar to Samsung’s sPen’s ClipPick, where you can save just a portion of a screen to share), Q Slide (where you can control three separate apps on-screen at once), and Qpair (which allows two compatible LG devices to connect together and allow users to answer calls and text from the tablet).

LG G Pad 8.3 size chart
LG G Pad 8.3: made to fit in the hand

A full rundown of the specifications are as follows:

  • 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
  • Colours: Black

The Important bit… the price:

LG will launch the LG G Pad 8.3 by the end of October through its online store and in partnership with Harvey Norman in Ireland. This will start the beginning of a roll out in 30 key markets by the end of 2013.

The UK price has been set at £259.99 ($414.82/€306.50), which isn’t a bad entry price for a 8″ tablet. There are cheaper (a quick look on Amazon will show that), but by no means outrageous. It should make it a competitive price for the market, especially in the lead up to Christmas. It also gives retailers some wriggle room to make good discounts in the coming months (USA, I’m thinking about Black Friday and, who knows, maybe January sales).