The G Pad 8.3, LG’s second attempt at an Android slate, with a screen size the company considers the most suitable for tablet use, is now available in the U.S.
The G Pad 8.3 comes with high-end hardware akin to early 2013 flagships like the Galaxy S4, including an 8.3-inch IPS display of 1920×1200 resolution, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage expandable via microSD slot, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with LG’s usual overbearing software on top.
Speaking of software, the G Pad includes features such as Slide Aside and QSlide (puts two apps on the screen, with one app overlaying the other in a see-through manner), QMemo (a quick note-taking app similar to Samsung’s S Memo), synchronization with a smartphone via QPair, and everything else you’ll find on the company’s phones. There’s also KnockON, a direct copy of Nokia’s “double tap to wake” feature, that lights up the screen on, well, double tapping the screen.
The G Pad 8.3 is priced at $349 for the 16GB Wi-Fi variant – it’s a price that is going to make it a tough sell, considering its most direct competitor, the Apple iPad mini, is available for a few dollars less. The tablet is available online at Best Buy in black and white options, with retail store availability to follow in November, and you can hit the links below to grab one for yourself.
Of course, you could wait for the iPad mini 2, which is set to be announced in less than a week, or settle for cheaper options like the Google Nexus 7 (2013) or Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX, unless you really, really want that 8.3-inch screen.