Addressing the growing market for tablets with ubiquitous Internet access, LG is launching an LTE version of its G Pad 8.0.
The 4G-enabled model runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and comes with 16 GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. The 8-inch IPS display has a 1280×800 resolution. The device also offers a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It runs the Android KitKat 4.4 with the custom LG UX skin.
LG is hardly alone in offering a mid-size tablet with LTE; Verizon and T-Mobile both offer the 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. In addition, all of the Big 4 U.S. carriers have Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display in their rosters.
LG is hoping to set the G Pad 8.0 apart from the pack with a sync feature that brings smartphone features to the tablet. With QPair 2.0, users can connect this device to their smartphones via Bluetooth, so they can answer calls, receive notifications, and send text messages from their tablet.
Europeans are likely to be more familiar with the Wi-Fi-only version of this device than Americans, as it debuted outside of North America early this summer. LG is continuing this practice, as the LG G Pad 8.0 is available to European customers starting this week, before rolling out to Central and South American countries and Asia in the coming weeks, but LG has announced no plans to launch the device in North America.