Watch out Samsung, LG’s back with the G Pad 8.3 tablet, on sale before the end of the year

LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet

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We knew it was coming, but LG has been unable to resist giving us all the details about its return to the world of tablets, despite the IFA tech show starting in just a few days time. Following a series of leaks and a teaser video, the LG G Pad 8.3 is now official, and here’s what it’s all about.

LG says it’s the first tablet to use a full high definition resolution on an 8.3-inch screen, on which we’ll take the company’s word, and it’s designed to sit alongside the recently launched LG G2 smartphone as a premium device. The screen’s resolution is, to be precise, 1920 x 1200, which is the same as the Nexus 7 and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z amongst others.

The processor is a 1.7GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600, which is a step down from the Snapdragon 800 in the G2 phone, but still perfectly capable. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is the tablet’s operating system, onto which LG has added its own user interface along with various special apps, including QSlide, where three different apps can be used in one window.

LG G Pad 8.3 Front

Another new app is called QPair, and will link the G Pad with a smartphone so calls and messages will also appear as notifications on the tablet. This will also work with non-LG hardware running Android Jelly Bean. LG has also added a few gesture controls too, such as KnockON, where two knocks on the screen either causes it to wake up or sleep, plus a three-finger slide cycles through open apps.

A decent sounding 4600mAh battery (larger than that found in the Nexus 7, for example) should provide a healthy chunk of usage time, while other features include 16GB of internal memory, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel video call cam, and a choice of either black or white color schemes. The chassis itself weighs 338 grams, and is a mere 8.3mm thick.

LG will put the G Pad 8.3 on sale in North America, Europe, and Asia before the end of the year, but crucial pricing information hasn’t been revealed yet.