It’s been more than a year since LG announced that it was halting tablet production to redouble its smartphone efforts. But with the new G Pad 8.3, the tech giant is jumping back into the slate market. And from the way it looks, that time off was well spent. The Android-powered G Pad 8.3 is packing some impressive specs including a monster 1920 x 1200 display, the first of its kind on an 8-inch tablet, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.
The LG’s display looked fantastic during our brief hands-on with the slate. Colors popped and text was razor sharp. Viewing angles were decent, though the image did fade a bit as the angle increased. Although, that could be attributed to the harsh lighting in the convention center here at IFA Berlin.
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Measuring 8.5 x 5.0 x 0.33 inches and weighing 11.9 ounces, the G Pad 8.3 stacks up nicely against Apple’s iPad mini, which measures 0.3 inches thick and weighs 10.9 ounces. Like the Mini, we found the G Pad both easy and comfortable to hold in one hand.
The slate has a fairly stylish look, as well. Users can purchase the G Pad 8.3 in black or white, though we preferred the white model, as it also featured some nice silver accenting. I/O ports include micro USB, micro HDMI and microSD card slots, an audio jack and IR blaster for controlling your TV and entertainment center.
Inside, the G Pad 8.3 gets the aforementioned Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. To help ensure that users get a full day of use out of the G Pad, LG has equipped it with a massive 4,600 mAh battery pack. Out back, the Pad 8.3 features a 5-megapixel camera. A 1.3-megapixel front shooter pulls video chat and selfies duty.
From a software standpoint, the G Pad 8.3 is essentially an upscaled version of LG’s new G2 smartphone. You get everything from the improved QSlide apps, to Side Aside multitasking and even the Knock On wake from sleep feature.
The G Pad 8.3 looks to be a solid return to the tablet market by LG. U.S. pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but we’ll be sure to update you when we learn more.