LG’s new 8-inch tablet has a full-size USB port

lg g pad 2 news 80
LG has quietly announced a new tablet, named the G Pad 2. Currently only available in Korea, the device is a successor to last year’s G Pad, and a slight step up from the G Pad F, which came to AT&T earlier this year. The G Pad range consisted of three different sized tablets — a 7-inch, an 8-inch, and a 10.1-inch version — but so far, the G Pad 2 only comes in a single, 8-inch size.

What’s new? Technically, not much. The screen has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and is fitted to a curvier, more modern body. Another Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2GHz provides the power, but the RAM has been boosted to 1.5GB, up from 1GB on the previous model.

Related: You can read our review of the G Pad 10.1 here, plus the G Pad 7.0 here

The big changes with the G Pad 2 are on the accessory side. First is the introduction of a stylus, and LG highlights the slimness of the tip, making it ideal for precision work. Tablets that include a stylus aren’t anything new, but the G Pad 2 is one of the first we’ve seen with a full-size USB port built into the chassis. That’s right, no more messing about with admittedly clever dual-function mobile USB sticks, the G Pad 2 8.0 will happily accept any USB connection — and it’s no only about storage expansion either, it’ll handle keyboards and mice.

LG G Pad 2 80 Stylus

Not that storage will be a huge problem. There’s 32GB of internal space, plus a MicroSD card slot ready to increase this by up to 128GB. Other features include a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, and a big 4200mAh battery. The tablet also comes with Android 5.0 installed, and Microsoft’s Android Office apps.

Spotted on LG’s Korean website, there’s no sign of other G Pad 2 tablets, but there’s a chance we’ll see both a smaller and larger version in the future. LG hasn’t announced the G Pad 2 8.0 internationally either, but all this may change during the IFA tech show in September.


Microsoft patent filing shows wearable that mitigates involuntary movements

A patent application from Microsoft has shown the company is looking into using wearable technology to alleviate symptoms from various diseases and disorders that cause involuntary movements.

Declutter your life with our favorite wireless chargers for Android and iPhones

We checked out the best wireless phone chargers to make tangles and uncooperative ports a thing of the past. Whether you have an iPhone or Android, find out which wireless charging pads are worth buying, and how their features compare.

Rough it in absolute comfort with the best sleeping pads available

Shopping for a sleeping pad for your next backpacking trip? Don't buy something that feels like a cold slab of stone. Narrow your selection with our carefully selected list of the best sleeping pads available.

Save up to $800 with the best smartphone deals for December 2018

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $800.

The Galaxy S10 may be announced before MWC, sell for up to $1,750

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.

How to use Samsung’s Bixby assistant for all of your smartphone tasks

Samsung Bixby is a powerful tool, but not the most intuitive one we've encountered. Here's how to set up and use every feature of Samsung's digital assistant, as well as what to expect in the future.

Which smartphone manufacturers won and lost in 2018

As the curtain comes down on 2018, we take a look at the big successes and failures in the smartphone market over the last 12 months. Which phone maker had the best year, and who had a year to forget?

AT&T makes 5G a reality for a dozen U.S. cities, with more to come in 2019

Ready to experience a radical transformation in mobile communication? AT&T is launching mobile 5G in cities across the country over the next few months. Here's everything you need to know about the AT&T 5G rollout.

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.
Product Review

With sapphire glass and analog dials, you'd never know this watch is smart

The world of hybrid smartwatches is getting much larger, and the latest comes from a name with history — New York Standard Watches. In our NYSW GTS Activity Tracker review, we find out what makes this watch special, and why we were so…

Scientists have charged a phone and a Fitbit with solar-powered clothes

Scientists from Britain's Nottingham Trent University have discovered a way to incorporate solar panels into clothing, and they've even managed to charge a phone and Fitbit with the energy created.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT packs the most RAM ever seen in a smartphone

The next generation of smartphones has begun, and it's begun with a bang. The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT comes with the next generation Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.

The best iPhone XS Max screen protectors to safeguard that huge display

If you love big screens, then the iPhone XS Max's huge 6.5-inch display is perfect for you. But it won't fare well against concrete. Protect your display with the best iPhone XS Max screen protectors.

Fitbit supercharges its smartwatches with its new 3.0 operating system

Fitbit announced a new software update for the Versa and Ionic, called Fitbit OS 3.0. The new OS will allow for things like on-device daily views, as well as 10 new third-party apps on the watch.