We’re starting to wonder if LG’s plans are to simply align themselves really, really closely with Google. Rumors have been circulating recently about LG making a Nexus tablet, which have turned out to be false. They are, however, making a very KitKat device for sale on the Play Store, and has been confirmed as the first Google Play Edition tablet.
LG has officially announced the G Pad will be coming to the Play Store as a Google Play Edition device. While not a Nexus device, it does bring a new near-stock Android device to the market, and at a size many have been hoping for. The Nexus 7 is handy for a lot of scenarios, but also a bit small for many. The Nexus 10 is pretty big, and not quite the best when it comes to portability. The pricing can also be prohibitive.
With an 8-inch tablet, those Goldilocks Android users out there might find it just right. It has an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7GHz, 16GB memory, 2GB RAM, a 5.0/1.3MP camera ensemble, and will (obviously) run Android 4.4 with minor tweaks. It will also house a nice 4,600mAh battery.
Though LG is oddly touting it as the “first AOSP tablet”, it is a Google Play Edition device, and will probably have minor tweaks from LG involved. It will be listed in Black, and available for $349 from the Play Store, though a launch date is not noted in the press release.