LG has just announced the availability of its latest incursion into the realm of Android tablets. The LG G Pad 8.3 will be hitting Korea starting next week, with a number of international markets to follow suit by the end of the year.
Announced at IFA 2013 early last month, the G Pad 8.3 represents company’s most recent attempt at penetrating the tablet market, something it has so far been unsuccessful with. But instead of outing a low-cost, mid-range device, LG is putting the tablet right in it’s “G” premium line. And, indeed, just as with its latest G2 flagship smartphone, the G Pad 8.3 managed to impress us in our initial hands-on with the device, which you can read here.
Aside from the impressive hardware, which includes an 8.3-inch 1920×1200 display and a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, the G Pad 8.3 also showcases some of the software features found on the G2, such as the Knock-on locking/unlocking method and the Q Slide multi-tasking feature. Also making its debut on the G Pad is Q Pair, which not only pairs an Android smartphone with the tablet for network tethering, but also shares notifications between the two devices. You can, in fact, even answer calls or SMS coming from the smartphone on the tablet itself.
The LG G Pad 8.3, which will come only in white and black colors, will be available starting October 14 for 550,000 won, around $510, from LG’s Best Shop, online shopping malls, and department stores in Korea. Unfortunately, it seems that LG is suggesting that buyers also buy an LG smartphone, such as the G2, since only a WiFi model of the LG G Pad 8.3 is available.
So much for the rumored price of $299.
I’ve looked around a bit, and the Galaxy Note 8.0 was released at 550,000won($500) as well, in Korea in April. In the US, it sells for a more reasonable $360. Hopefully we see something similar with the G Pad. I want one, but it ain’t happening at $500.
Boy do i hope so.
They can’t price it at $500. In the tablet market the iPad mini is still a major competitor. Even for a device by Apple, people were shocked by it’s $330 price tag. The G pad will have to compete with the iPad mini and I don’t see how they can do that with a $500 device.
Never able to compare with Nexus 7
I still don’t think it’ll retail for that $500+ price. LG $299 IS AMAZING AND Competitive !!! STICK WITH THAT OR you loose..
If the price is 299 for 16 gigs wifi, it will be a real winner. A lot of people were expecting that price and if they see a price tag more than two hundred dollars over the rumor, they will not buy it. I will not buy it if it is 1 penny over 400 dollars AFTER TAX. If they actually screw this up and put a price tag of 500 dollars on this tablet they will definitely not be in the run for tablets.
PS why is the tablet on the right significantly thinner and taller haha. Maybe its just the angle or distance from the lens or something but they definitely seem to be different sizes…
my co-worker’s step-sister makes $84 an hour on the computer.…..
I’m waiting for this. If they price it higher than $299, I’ll just pony up for the next N10. This is my dream device and I hope they release it in the US soon.