One of the worst-kept secrets in mobile technology is secret no longer. After weeks of rumors and an official teaser video, LG officially unveiled the G Pad 8.3, its official re-entry into the tablet market and the first table its size to sport a 1920 x 1200 display. The lightweight, high-resolution Android slate is the Korean company’s first since it announced it was halting tablet development in June 2012.
In addition to its high-res display, the 8.3-inch tablet features other strong specs including a 1.7-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, a large 4,600 mAH battery, 5-MP and 1.3-MP cameras. At 8.5 x 5 x .3-inches and .75 pounds, the LG G Pad 8.3 is just a little larger than the 7.9 x 5.3 x .3-inch, .69-pound iPad mini and the 8.3 x 4.9 x .3-inch, .69-pound Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. However, the G Pad 8.3’s screen is .4-inches larger and sports an impressive 273 pixels-per-inch as compared to 189 PPI on the Galaxy Tab and 162 PPI on the iPad mini.
The LG G Pad 8.3’s proprietary software promises to be even more impressive than its components. The Android 4.2.2 tablet comes with QPair, an LG app that syncs with your smartphone (or other tablet) and shows messages, calls and notes from that device. LG will also include Slide Aside, which improves multitasking by letting you push apps off to the side with a three-finger swipe, QSlide windowed apps and KnockOn, which lets you wake the tablet up by tapping on its display.With HTC and Nokia, both of which abandoned their tablet amibitions
The G Pad 8.3 will be available in black or white and ship to North America, Europe, Asia and other areas sometime in Q4. There’s no word yet on pricing, but the company says it will be showing the new tablet publicly during the IFA Berlin show, which starts September 6th.