Today marks a month since LG unveiled a trio of new Android tablets – the LG G Pad 7.0
, G Pad 8.0
, and G Pad 10.1
. Their announcement was as surprising as it was short on detailed information about the slates – very little was said about their specs, features, and availability dates. Yet LG just filled in some of these blanks for us. The LG G Pad 7.0 is coming to Europe this week, while the G Pad 8.0 and the G Pad 10.1 will follow over the next few weeks.
Specs-wise, the three tablets have a few things in common. They all boast 1280 by 800 pixel IPS-LCD displays, and a quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM power every member of the trio. According to recently discovered benchmark results
, the SoC of choice is the Snapdragon 400. Yet there are some differences as well. The 7-inch G Pad model sports a 3MP main camera and 8GB of storage, while both the LG G Pad 8.0 and the LG G Pad 10.1 offer a 5MP main camera and 16GB of storage. All have slots for microSD cards. To no surprise, the 10.1-inch tablet model sports the largest battery. Its capacity is a respectable 8000 mAh, while the G Pad 8.0 and the G Pad 7.0 make do with 4200 and 4000 mAh batteries respectively.
On the software side of things, features have been borrowed straight from the company's LG G3 flagship smartphone. Smart Keyboard is one of them, improving the overall typing experience with its intelligent predictions and personalization flexibility. LG has also thrown in Dual Window for enhanced multitasking, support for multiple users, and Knock Code as a replacement for lock screen PINs. And with the QPair 2.0 feature, notifications sent to the user's smartphone can be forwarded straight to their G Pad tablet. The UI (based on Android 4.4.2, we suppose) is built on the principles of simplicity and lack of clutter, as inspired by the G3 smartphone and its software experience.
So all in all, the LG G Pad trio could be a worthy offering for those in need of an entry-level or mid-range tablet. They also seem like decent alternatives to Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 slates. Details about pricing will be announced locally, at the time of the G Pad tablets' release.
LG G Pad tablets