Today, LG announced that the LG G Pad 8.3 will be the first device ever to be designated a Google Play Edition tablet. Google's first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet will feature the latest Android operating system, Android 4.4, KitKat. It's powered by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU and features WiFi a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz, NFC (Android Beam) and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity. It comes, as the name indicates, with a 8.3" Full HD IPS WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixel) touchscreen, 16 GB eMMC flash memory and 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM. On the back, it has a 5.0 megapixel, and on the front a 1.3 megapixel camera. The battery has a capacity of 4,600 mAh and all this measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm and weights 338g.
With the perfect combination of KitKat's Full-screen Immersive mode and LG's stunning 1920 x 1200 WUXGA Full HD IPS display, this special edition of LG G Pad 8.3 offers an optimal viewing experience. Apps can utilize every pixel on the G Pad 8.3 screen to create full-bleed UIs reaching edge to edge. With the ability to hide the system UI such as the status bar and navigation bar, this feature is ideal for rich visual content such as photos, videos, maps, books and games.
"LG's working relationship with Google has always been strong and our collaboration on the first-ever Google Play Edition tablet is proof of that commitment", said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is a device with hardware and software that has been optimized for a truly consumer-friendly experience. There's nothing else like it out there in the marketplace."
The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition will be available in glossy Indigo Black for US$ 349.99 and will be available for purchase starting today in the United States on Google Play. Availability in other countries has not yet been determined at this time.
Cheers ~ Arne