Following on from the success of the G Pad 8.3, LG has launched three new slates, the G Pad 7.0, the G Pad 8.0 and the G Pad 10.1.
The G Pad 7.0 will be the first one to touch down, as it’s set to roll out across Europe this week, while the larger two tablets will arrive in the next few weeks.
All three of them are designed as mid-range devices to, in LG’s words, “fill the gap between entry and premium tablets.” That much is clear from their specs, with each of them powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM and each having a True IPS HD 1280 x 800 display. All three devices also support Wi-Fi (but not 3G or 4G) and come with a microSD card slot, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and support LG’s Knock Code, allowing you to wake up and unlock the tablets with a series of taps.
However not all the specs are the same across the trio. The LG G Pad 7.0 has 8GB of built in storage, a 3 megapixel rear camera and a 4000 mAh battery, while the G Pad 8.0 has 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel main camera and a 4200 mAh battery and the G Pad 10.1 has 16GB of internal memory, a 5 megapixel main camera and an 8000 mAh battery, so it’s likely to have the best battery life of the three, but as they all have the same screen resolution its pixel density won’t be up to much.
All three slates are clad in colourful black, white, red, orange or blue plastic but the dimensions and weights obviously differ. The G Pad 7.0 is 189.3 x 113.8 x 10.1mm and 293g, the G Pad 8.0 is 210.8 x 124.2 x 9.9mm and 342g and the G Pad 10.1 is 260.9 x 165.9 x 8.9mm and 523g, so it’s the heaviest yet thinnest of the three and the G Pad 7.0 is the lightest but thickest.
All three devices have a clutter-free interface reminiscent of the one on the LG G3 and they include several clever software features. There’s Dual Window which allows you to run apps in split screen, Smart Keyboard which reduces input errors by learning typing habits and QPair 2.0 which makes it easy to link the tablets to Android smartphones via Bluetooth and receive alerts for calls and notifications on your slate.
LG didn’t confirm pricing or exact UK release dates for the tablet trio but it sounds like they’ll all be here soon and you can expect them to be fairly affordable.
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