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LG unveils the high-resolution G Pad 8.3 tablet

The LG G Pad 8.3 at IFA 2013
The LG G Pad 8.3 at IFA 2013
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LG just announced the G Pad 8.3, which it claims is the first 8-inch class tablet with a full HD screen
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LG just announced the G Pad 8.3, which it claims is the first 8-inch class tablet with a full HD screen
The impressive 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display on the G Pad 8.3
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The impressive 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display on the G Pad 8.3
The LG G Pad 8.3 at IFA 2013
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The LG G Pad 8.3 at IFA 2013
The outer case does seem to be a bit of a fingerprint magnet
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The outer case does seem to be a bit of a fingerprint magnet
We're looking at a mere 8.3 mm (0.33 in) thickness
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We're looking at a mere 8.3 mm (0.33 in) thickness
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The impressive 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display on the G Pad 8.3
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The impressive 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display on the G Pad 8.3
The G Pad 8.3 runs Android 4.2.2, with LG's custom UI splattered on top
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The G Pad 8.3 runs Android 4.2.2, with LG's custom UI splattered on top

Tired of waiting for that long-rumored iPad mini with Retina Display? Well, don't look now, but LG just introduced the LG G Pad 8.3. We don't know whether it will fare better than LG's last tablet, 2011's Optimus Pad, but the G Pad's status as the (supposed) first 8-inch tablet with a full HD display can't hurt its chances.

Specs and features

The G Pad 8.3 has, surprise surprise, an 8.3-inch display. The killer feature is its resolution: the Korean company managed to squeeze 1,920 x 1,200 resolution into this bad boy. For those keeping score, that comes out to 273 pixels per inch: an unprecedented number for a tablet of its size (the 2013 Nexus 7 has 323 PPI, but measures only 7 in diagonally).At first blush, the G Pad looks like it has a sleek design and well-rounded set of components to boot. It weighs just 338 g (11.92 oz). We're also looking at a mere 8.3 mm (0.33 in) thickness. That makes it a bit thicker than the iPad mini and Galaxy Note 8.0, but then again, neither of those tablets has anything approaching a high-resolution display.

LG's new tablet also packs plenty of horsepower, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 processor living inside. 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (with no microSD on board) and a healthy 4,600 mAh battery round out the hardware highlights.

Software

The G Pad 8.3 runs Android 4.2.2, with LG's custom UI splattered on top. Much like the upcoming G2 smartphone, LG threw in a few unique software features, like Slide Aside (multitask by sliding an app off-screen with three fingers), QSlide (run three apps at once in one window) and KnockOn (tap twice on the display to turn it on or off).Until we get some hands-on time, we can't say whether these features will add to the user experience, or just leave us dreaming of a world where manufacturers forget the "differentiation," and just give us stock Android.

LG hasn't yet announced pricing, but the company says the G Pad 8.3 will roll out globally in Q4. On second thought, maybe it won't beat that Retina iPad mini to market after all.

Update (09/06/13): Gizmag managed a brief hands-on at LG's IFA booth today and found the hi-res tablet to be thin, light and responsive. As you can see from our updated gallery though, the outer case does seem to be a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

Source: LG

3 comments
Ed Campbell
Golly. We may have to wait another 2 or 3 weeks for Retina Minis.
hkmk23
Yeah, yeah, yeah.........but can it print to a printer? (not some convoluted cloud solution, but a real sat next to you printer)as androids can't and ipad/phones need airprint.
Lon LeVine
I regularly print to my HP 8600 (sitting next to me or not) from my android phone using the app that is part of the 8600 operating system.