How would you like a Nexus 7 with a little bit of extra oomph and moar screen real estate? How about a Nexus 10 in a more pocket-friendly form factor? Well, LG’s G Pad 8.3 may not be a Nexus device and thus adds a few bells and whistles on top of Android, but otherwise it fits the profile perfectly.
For one thing, it ups the ante performance-wise compared with the N7 by packing a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU instead of the aging 1.5 GHz S4 Pro. Second, it sports the same stunning 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution while adding 1.3 inches of pure IPS display goodness in the mix.
True, that lowers the bar a little in terms of pixel density (273 vs. 323 ppi), but trust me, G Pad’s panel is every bit as crisp, vibrant and bright as that of the 2013 Nexus 7, at least for the human eye.
The rest of the features are pretty impressive themselves, including 2 gigs of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, a 5 MP rear camera and pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, though LG could have probably done better in the autonomy field, where the tab’s 4,600 mAh cell is unlikely to run for more than six or seven hours between charges.
If you’re willing to look past that ultimately minor flaw (and you should), know that Best Buy has just opened online pre-orders for the device in the US, likely rolling out the first units over the next few days. Priced at $349.99, the G Pad 8.3 will land in physical BB stores on November 3. Who’s buying?
<Source: Best Buy>