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The recently announced Optimus G2 is getting most of the limelight in the mobile devices section of the LG stand at IFA in Berlin but the Korean manufacturer also has another interesting device on display: the brand new G Pad 8.3. With a 8.3-inch screen the G Pad goes straight at similarly sized devices like the Google Nexus 7 or iPad Mini and is touted as the ideal tablet companion for the G2 by its manufacturer.
The G Pad's specification is pretty much in line with other devices in its class. An LG-modified version of Android 4.2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, the same chip we have seen in a range of smartphones this year. 2GB RAM and 16GB built-in storage are pretty standard, and a microSD-card slot caters for those who prefer content storing over streaming.
The IPS screen offers a resolution of 1900x1200 pixels with vibrant colors and sharp detail. The 5-megapixel rear camera is a simple unit not meant for any serious photography but which should suffice for the occasional snapshot. The 1.3MP front camera provides video messaging capabilities. The interface of the camera app is very simple and only offers a fraction of the software bells and whistles that can be found on the G2. Stereo speakers are located on the back of the G Pad.
The G Pad's design can only be described as a little uninspired. There's nothing wrong with it per se, but with its white (or black) plastic front and the metal inlay in the back the G Pad simply looks like a ton of other Android tablets already out there.
Notable features include "Slide Aside" which allows for multi-tasking by sliding open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe. "QSlide" controls up to three different apps in one window. "KnockON" is a feature we have first seen on the G2 smartphone and turns the device on and off by tapping the display twice.
Overall the the LG G Pad 8.3 looks like a very solid device but doesn't offer anything that we wouldn't have seen before, neither design wise nor from a features and specification point of view. At this point we can't see a compelling reason to choose the G Pad over the competition but pricing information is not yet available and at an attractive price point the LG could become a more than viable alternative to some of the more established competitors in the tablet sector. The LG G Pad 8.3 will be available globally in the fourth quarter.