A preview of the LG G Pad 8.3: Can it dent the iPad Mini 2?

LG have officially announced their heavily speculated 8.3 inch LG G Pad 8.3 tablet computer today. There’s been plenty of speculation around the launch of this product over the past few months, and its announcement will pitch it against an increasingly competitive tablet space this autumn.

At 8.3 inches, the LG offering actually sits between the newer breed of ‘mini’ tablets and the more traditional circa ten inch tabs. The whole mobile computing space is increasingly consisting of devices covering the whole spectrum of sizes, so there increasingly is not a ‘standard’ smaller or larger screened tablet or smartphone any more anyway. All of that said, this devices most natural competitive sweet-spot will most likely sit in the mini-tab space, which is a faction of tablets that’s increasingly competitive with new offerings from Google Nexus, Samsung and Apple, who’ll soon release the ipad mini 2.

What the G pad 8.3 will bring is a crystal clear, high quality display unit. It’s 273 pixel per inch, 1900 x 1200 resolution HD screen should mean its able to tread toe for toe with the next wave of tablets.

Other noteworthy specs include dual cameras (5 megapixel on the rear and 1.3 MP on the front), 16GB storage, 2GB ram and a 1.7GHz quad core 600 processor.

All of this is allied against a typically polished LG exterior. The brand are building up a consistent design trait across their mobile devices, a design trait that incorporates sleek lines and a sharp display. All of this lends an air of quality to the device, which again makes it a natural competitor to the upcoming second ipad mini.

LG, as is so common nowadays have opted to use the Jelly Bean Android OS, but with some twists that are unique to the G Pad 8.3. For a start, LG use their own custom design interface, and this immediately differentiates the tablet against other android tablets.

A nice LG exclusive android feature is their “qpair” system. This turns the G Pad into a management system for your smartphone, enabling you to manage your calls, emails, diary and messages through your tablet on behalf of your phone. Sometimes whilst static its easier to work off the larger screened device.

“Complementing our G Series smartphones, the introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 further strengthens LG’s premium lineup consisting of our most cutting-edge devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate.”

The promotion of LG tablets alongside a rich array of USPs is a slight stretch, but that shouldn’t discredit a solid offering. At the moment, we’re not sure of the G Pad’s price point, but expect it to come in at around $250. It’ll launch in Q4 2013, just in time for Christmas and will be available in black and white.

LG will officially debut the G Pad 8.3 in Berlin during the IFA trade show this month.

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