LG creating new tablet with updated design, 2016 processor

LG creating new tablet with updated design, 2016 processor
LG’s no longer the major player that it used to be in the tablet market but that doesn’t mean it’s abandoned the segment completely. In fact, XDA Developers has uncovered new information which suggests the company is actively working on a new tablet.

Called the LG G Pad 5, the device will arrive powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This chipset is over three years old and was previously used inside the LG G6, OnePlus 3T, and original Google Pixel but should still give the Galaxy Tab S5e’s Snapdragon 670 a run for its money.

The tablet runs Android 9 Pie alongside LG’s custom interface and features a large, 10.1-inch 16:10 display that boasts a 1920 x 1200p resolution. As shown by a leaked render, the panel is paired with noticeably thinner bezels than the LG G Pad IV that precedes it and a single front-facing camera.

Other features reportedly include 4G LTE support and a fingerprint scanner. Whether that’s positioned on the side, rear, or beneath the screen remains to be seen.

The LG G Pad 5 will likely be announced in October or November. It’s unclear how it’ll be priced but Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S5e is probably the better option considering LG’s appalling reputation when it comes to software updates. Alternatively, the recently announced 10.2-inch iPad or the iPad Air are good options too if you aren’t bothered about them not running Android.

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9 Comments

1. JCASS889

Posts: 539; Member since: May 18, 2018

How hard is it to put a current cpu into an android tablet? It's like they just don't want to for no reason.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1067; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

If Apple can do it why can't LG?

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

LGs tablets are entry level, it will probably be priced against the iPad 7, which Apple has no problem using a 2016 chip for. Odds are both companies are using up old inventory.

4. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Lol why not just put a 670. Qualcomm must be letting these go for pennies I guess. The 821 heats like crazy now and it's surpassed in efficiency by current mid range.

8. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

In something like a tablet, designing for better thermal management than a phone should be easy. They could optimize using a heatpipein contact with the chassis of the tablet (assuming it is metal bodied) allowing for greater heat transfer away from the CPU.

6. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Let's hope it has amoled screen not another LCD tablet.

7. paulethompsonjr

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 06, 2018

Why would any tablet in Q3 or 4 of 2019 ever be appealing without at least USB 3.0, AMOLED, and at least 64 gb internal?

9. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Who else besides Samsung uses amoled panels in their tablets? Also, if you are competing in a price tier well below Samsung's premium tablets, how would you meet that price point with an expensive amoled display?

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