Price (RRP): $399
LG hasn’t spent much time in the tablet area, but that looks set to change, as the company takes what it learned from the G2 smartphone and applies it to an 8.3 inch tablet that you can take anywhere you go.
LG’s first tablet in ages, the G Pad 8.3 — also called the V500 in some places — brings with it a host of features aimed at taking on the competition, some of which feel at least on paper like a page out of LG’s smartphone book.
Staring with the screen, LG is using an 8.3 inch Full HD IPS panel in the G Pad 8.3, providing a resolution of 1920×1200 (just slightly higher than Full HD), and offering a pixel clarity of 273 pixels per inch, 10 pixels higher than the Retina-grade panel used in the iPad Air, though obviously with a different sized screen.
Underneath this screen is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, lower than the 800 used in the LG G2 smartphone, and the same processor as what HTC used in the One and One Max, and Samsung used in the Galaxy S4 from earlier in the year. This processor is a quad-core chip clocked at 1.7GHz, and is paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, the latter of which can be expanded to support more storage through a microSD slot found on the top under a flap.
Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” is the operating system used on this tablet, and it comes with LG’s own overlay supporting multiple homescreens, customisable shortcut dock, editable soft buttons, and more.
Connectivity is all relatively standard for a tablet (and indeed, some smartphones) with 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi included, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast wireless display technology, GPS, and the microUSB port at the bottom for charging the G Pad and transferring data to and from the tablet. Infrared is also included, meaning this tablet — like some smartphones out there — can be used to control TVs.
LG has included two cameras in the tablet, with a 5 megapixel module on the back without a flash, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
There are few buttons on the G Pad 8.3, with merely a power button and volume rocker on the right edge, while the buttons for using Android are all on-screen soft buttons, and can be modified to match your preferences of colour, order, and if LG’s extra apps are included in the layout.
The G Pad 8.3 battery is rated at 4600mAh.
LG’s smartphones are improving, and now its time for the company to take a swing at what it’s like to make a tablet.
So what does LG have in store for the public with the G Pad 8.3?
Encased in a shell of plastic and metal is a screen measuring 8.3 inches diagonally and capable of displaying a Full HD resolution of 1920×1200, slightly higher than Full HD, in fact.