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LG finally announces G Pad tablet – a new rival for Apple’s iPad mini

by Doug Drinkwater

September 2 2013

LG has confirmed that it’s back on the tablet market, with its 8-inch G Pad slate looking a close match for Google’s Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad mini.

After months of speculation and leaked specs, LG announced the G Pad over the weekend, with the Android tablet expected to be unveiled officially at the IFA technology convention in Berlin later this week.

In terms of specifications, the G Pad has an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display, a 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board memory and dual-facing cameras (5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera).

The device runs Android 4.2.2 but will sport LG’s own custom user interface over the top.

However, if the hardware specs put the G Pad on par with the Nexus 7 or even arguably ahead of Apple’s iPad mini (at least until Apple launches the Retina Display iPad mini), there is one feature where LG promises innovation.

The ‘Q Pair’ app comes pre-loaded with the device and allows users to sync their tablet to their phone so that phone calls and messages can pop up on the tablet’s screen. Users can then reply to these messages or calls by using their phone or tablet.

Other useful tools include Slide Aside – a feature for multi-tasking on up to three apps – and KnockON, an entertaining feature where you can wake the tablet by knocking twice on the screen.

LG says that the G Pad will be unveiled officially at IFA later this week, where TabTimes will be reporting live. The Android tablet, which is available in black and white, is expected to be rolled out to ‘key’ global markets in the fourth quarter.

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