LG began teasing its announcement of the G Pad 8.3 a few days ago, but has now stopped being coy about this mid-size Android tablet.
Given its name, it’s no surprise the LG G Pad 8.3 will have an 8.3-inch screen. This will have a 1920 x 1200 resolution, giving the display a pixel density of 273 ppi.
In its announcement, LG emphasizes that it believes it has found the optimal size for a tablet — small enough to be pocketable or used one-handed, but with a big enough screen to be useful and enjoyable.
It will run Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) on a 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, with 2GB of RAM. The tablet will ship with 16GB of internal storage.
The tablet will include a 5.0MP rear camera and a 1.3MP one. A 4600mAh battery will help it go a long time between charges.
LG has added some features to help the G Pad 8.3 stand out from its competitors.
QSlide will control up to three different apps in one window. Slide Aside will enable easier multitasking by “sliding” currently open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe. KnockON will turn the device on and off by tapping the display twice.
And LG is adding its QPair app, which will allow this tablet to display calls and messages received on an Android smartphone, and respond to the messages. In addition, notes created with the LG’s QMemo can be saved onto users’ smartphones.
Coming in Q4
The LG G Pad 8.3 is being unveiled now so it can be demonstrated at the IFA tradeshow which starts later this week. It won’t be released until October at the earliest, and will eventually be available in North America, Europe and Asia as well as other regions starting in the fourth quarter of 2013.
LG says it will announce the price for this tablet when it launches.