LG hasn’t exactly had a great deal of success when it comes to tablets (here’s looking at you, LG Optimus Pad), but if the marketing talk’s to be believed, the South Koreans think they’re onto a winner here.
I speak of the LG G Pad 8.3 (gawd, I hate that name), which launched at IFA 2013 around a month ago. It’s just landed in its home territory of Korea, and supposedly we should expect to see it in Europe before the end of the year.
That’s the story according to Pocket-lint, though I’m not entirely sure where they’re getting their information from. LG did say the G Pad 8.3 would start rolling out globally in Q4, so I guess that fits.
In any case, with an 8.3in display (1920 x 1200), LG feels it’s nailed the “optimum size of a tablet”. It’s a fair bit bigger than the Asus-built Google Nexus 7, and not far off the iPad mini.
Other LG G Pad 8.3 specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (augmentable via microSD), a 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front shooter, and Jelly Bean Android 4.2.2. Not quite the latest version then.
LG G Pad 8.3 price will of course be crucial, and it’s seemingly going for 550,000 won in South Korea, which translates into roughly £320. Hmm.
Call me cynical, but I still can’t see why your average consumer would buy a tablet other than the iPad, the Google Nexus 7, the Amazon Kindle Fire, or even the, er, Tesco Hudl. But good luck to you, LG.