LG G Pad 8.3 Revealed Ahead of 2013 IFA

We already knew that the LG G Pad 8.3 would be revealed pretty soon, just not this soon. Almost everyone was expecting the South Korean electronics giant to announce the G Pad 8.3 during the 2013 IFA, but it looks like LG wanted to make an impact on consumers well ahead of their competitors. After failing miserably a couple of years ago with the 3D-capable Optimus Pad, will the second time be the charm?

The Display

The LG G Pad 8.3 sports a (you guessed it) 8.3 inch display with a WUXGA resolution. That equates to 1920 x 1200 pixels and a pixel density of 273ppi. It may not be as dense as on the 2013 Nexus 7, which is at 315ppi, but this is a larger screen we’re talking about here. In fact, the LG G Pad 8.3 has the highest resolution among 8 inch tablets if I’m not mistaken.

Build Quality and Design

LG G Pad 8.3 Official Render Front and Back

The LG G Pad 8.3 features a similar design language as recent phones in LG’s lineup, particularly the G2. We only have LG’s official press renders to make any observations yet, but it looks to have a premium build quality, something that can’t be said for many Android tablets that are already out in the market.

Key Hardware Specs

The G Pad 8.3 is powered by a 1.7GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor coupled with an Adreno 320 GPU. In most cases, that would be more processing power than anyone would need, but with a resolution as high as the one on the LG G Pad 8.3, it’s going to be just enough to run everything smoothly. The tablet is equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and comes with a 4,600mAh battery. Imaging is handled by dual cameras: a 5mp shooter in back and a 1.3mp shooter in front.

Software Features

The LG G Pad 8.3 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly bean out of the box. Being from LG, the G Pad 8.3 comes with a proprietary UI layer with unique software features that maximize the large screen. Slide Aside allows you to swipe an open app to the side with three fingers for quick multitasking. QPair enables you to receive calls and messages being received by your smartphone. QMemo is a quick note-taking app to jot down important information at an instance. Then there’s QSlide, which lets you open up to three different applications at a time on the screen for seamless multitasking.

Pricing and Availability

At the moment, there’s no word when LG plans to roll out the G Pad 8.3 in the Philippines, but we do know that it will start being released in key markets in Asia, North America and Europe some time in Q4 of 2013. In the meantime, we’re going to have to wait, but that should allow us to save up the pretty pennies that the LG G Pad 8.3 will surely cost when it comes out.

LG G Pad 8.3 Specs

  • 8.3″ WUXGA display (1920 x 1200)
  • 1.7GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 5mp rear camera
  • 1.3mp front camera
  • 4,600mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 338g
  • Price: TBA

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