The New LG Tablet Looks Good

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I didn’t pay attention to the new LG G Pad 8.3 until yesterday.

It looks very good for anyone looking for an eight-inch class tablet.

It has a full HD 8.3-inch screen at 1920 x 1080 resolution (273 ppi), a 1.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU with 2GBs of RAM and 16GBs of storage (I don’t know if LG will also offer 32 and 64GB models). It was twin stereo speakers on the back, a 2MP 1.3MP front camera and 5MP back camera, a microSD card slot (in a covered slot), micro USB port, microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack, an IR blaster (for TV remote), and a 4,600mAh battery. There is no HDMI-out. People who like USB charging, this tablet has it.

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It also has a screen nearly as wide as the iPad Mini.

And just look at how it kicks dirt on a seven-inch screen (a 2013 version of the Nexus 7 here):

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It has better styling than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0:

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And although it’s not MultiWindow Android, it has its own points, with Q Slide:

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And Q Apps that can overlay the screen and be resized:

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The AnTuTu score on the demo unit is OK:

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And could improve a bit as they finalize and optimize the software. As it is, it could do Google Books PDFs just fine.

As for no HDMI-out, what’s this his finger is pointing to?

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It’s Miracast!

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So who needs an HDMI-out port for a cable when you can connect wirelessly?

This doesn’t offer the blazing 27,000-range AnTuTu score of the octa-core Exynos-based Tomato T2, but LG is a well-known global brand generally known for good to excellent quality (especially in displays) and buying this would be a far safer bet than buying from a company all the way in China.

As for it not being 4:3, the width of the display over a seven-inch screen makes up for it, increasing images to nearly as wide as the iPad Mini screen. So this would be just fine for Google Books PDFs and magazines. And the increased resolution over the iPad Mini is a big plus.

I’m excited by this tablet and really want to try it out in person. Let’s see if the price will be sane and not foolishly “premium.” LG has a real contender here and the right price could attract plenty of sales.

The above images are taken from a variety of YouTube videos. I’ve compiled them into a Playlist for viewing. Be sure to look at the sample 1080p video shot on it. That camera is really good.

Oh, and one more thing. A bit of a mystery right now. In all of the videos except one, the icon bar at the bottom shows three: Back, Home, Menu (or Menu, Home, Back, which is weird in itself). But in one video, there’s a fourth icon:

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I have no idea what that is or why the order of the icons changes. I’m hoping that fourth icon is for screensnaps. Using hardware buttons for screensnaps is annoying.

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6 responses to “The New LG Tablet Looks Good

  1. Danielle

    Looks nice…I’ll wait to see what the price is.

  2. rich finck

    OK, it is wider. However anything wider than the Nexus7 would be a challenge to hold in portrait for an extended time. The fourth button on my Droid is search. Can’t tell from photos what it is. I still think I like the five inch class devices. That Xiaomi 5 inch phone is the cat’s meow,imho. I like that Antutu score though.

  3. Apparently there is an HDMI capability through a slimport adapter on the micro USB (in the same fashion as the nexus 5 and the nexus 7).
    If you add that up to the rumors about a new LG nexus 8 similar to the G Pad it makes it all looks slightly more credible.
    It would be nice to get vanilla Android on such a device. :)

    • mikecane

      LG was recently caught in a spying scandal. Their TVs would report back just about *everything* to their servers despite the option being turned Off. No apology ever offered. I’ve since boycotted LG. The news of the 8.3 possibly becoming another Nexus device irritates me. But being a Nexus device is the only way they’re going to get any sales — I haven’t seen the 8.3 as an L:G device in any brick and mortar store.

  4. Seems the G Pad is wifi-only, which is almost a deal-breaker for me, unfortunately.

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