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.
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.
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.
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