Completely absent from the tablet game not long ago, LG made a critically acclaimed and mainstream-appealing comeback with the G Pad 8.3, but that was just the beginning. Next up, the Koreans brought to light a trio of lower-end G Pads to battle Samsung’s countless Galaxy Tabs.
Only they couldn’t be taken seriously in Wi-Fi only flavors. So the smallest of the bunch, the G Pad 7.0, got a 4G LTE-enabled variation on AT&T, and now the mid-sized G Pad 8.0 follows suit, with a built-in LTE modem for Europe.
On the old continent, the high-speed-capable Android slate will go on sale “later this week”, and select markets across Central America, South America and Asia are next on the budget contender’s world tour. ETA? “Over the next weeks”.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see the G Pad 8.0 LTE ultimately launch on one or several of America’s “big four” networks, although Verizon already carries the 8.3, and it would be much too confusing for the two nearly identical gadgets to enter Big Red’s lineup.
Just to be clear, we mean nearly identical on the outside, because G Pad 8.0’s guts are far more modest than 8.3’s internals. We’re talking a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip, not a 1.7 S600, 1 GB RAM in lieu of 2, and a 4,200 mAh battery, shrunk down from 4,600 mAh. Also, a 1,280 x 800 pix res screen, not a 1,920 x 1,200.
Basically, the only non-aesthetic similarities are the pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat, and the 5 MP/1.3 MP cameras. So yeah, you’d much rather get the 8.3 over the 8.0, right?