LG’s new Tab Book is more powerful than any Android tablet needs to be (Updated)

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LG has introduced the latest in the Tab Book series, the Tab Book 11TA740-GA50K, which is a lot like the Windows-powered Tab Books, but with 100 percent more Android and no Windows in sight.

The fanciest model is equipped with an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display that’s powered by a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 4200U processor with Intel Graphics 4000. The processor is paired with 4GB of RAM, an unusual amount of RAM in the world of Android. It also features a 128GB SSD with support for Micro USB, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a weight of 2.3 pounds, 0.6 pounds lighter than the MacBook Air. Finally, the Tab Book runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

LG did not reveal how much the Tab Book would cost or when it would be released, but its Windows-powered equivalent has an asking price of $1800. The Android-powered Tab Book was announced in South Korea, with no indication of whether it would make its way to the United States or Europe.

Whenever it gets released, it’s hard to not look at the Tab Book and immediately think it’s kind of overkill. There are no apps or games in the Google Play Store that will push the processor to its limits, but at least the Tab Book is future-proof. Unfortunately, LG did not indicate if, or when, Android 4.4 KitKat, which includes 64-bit support, will make its way to the Tab Book.

Updated on 07-29-2014 by Andy Boxall: LG has clarified exactly why the Tab Book has such monster specs. It’s because customers can pay a little extra and have Windows 8 installed alongside Android, turning it into a dual-boot device, hence the reason why it needs a Core i5 and 4GB of RAM. Sadly, we’ve also been told it’s a Korea-only product for now.

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