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LG G Pad 8.3 Hands-on and Initial Impressions: Lots of Potential

Wow, it's the LG G Pad 8.3!
Wow, it’s the LG G Pad 8.3!

Hands-on with the LG G Pad 8.3

We stumbled upon a nice surprise during the Nuffnang Blogopolis event — an actual unit of the LG G Pad 8.3! This tablet caught the attention of the global tech world not only because this is LG’s first elegantly designed Android tablet, but it also had competitive specifications including a gorgeous 8.3-inch IPS Full HD display and LTE connectivity. That’s why we were stoked to play around with the unit at the event.

Before we get to our initial impressions, here’s a quick recap of the specifications of the device.

LG G Pad 8.3 Spec Sheet

  • 1.7GHz Quad-core CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • Adreno 330 Graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • 8.3-inch IPS LCD Full HD (1920×1200 pixels), 273 pixels per inch
  • 5.0-megapixel primary camera
  • 2.1-megapixel secondary camera
  • WiFi, HSPA+, LTE, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/aGPS
  • 4600mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: Php16,995

By the way, apologies for the quality of the photos. The lighting was kinda bad and we didn’t have a DSLR camera with us.

Initial Impressions

Unbelievably light and world class quality display
Unbelievably light and world class quality display

The highlight of the LG G Pad 8.3 is really the form factor and the hardware design. It just looks really good compared to a lot of other Android tablets out in the market today. Up front we have the Full HD display. Quality and viewing angles are outstanding. We can already imagine watching Full HD movies on this baby for hours. Perfect for YouTube too!

In terms of materials, the LG G Pad 8.3 is a mix of polycarbonate plastic and metal. It actually reminds us a lot of the MyPhone Iceberg, hehe. Anyway, the materials makes the device lightweight despite the 8.3 size. It’s very easy to use with one hand as well.

What the back looks like
What the back looks like

With regards to performance, we found that LG G Pad 8.3 to deliver a fast and fluid Android tablet experience. There were still some minor instances of lag but we’re kinda nitpicking since it’s not really that noticeable.

Over-all we walked away impressed with LG’s new Android tablet offering. It’s full of so much promise and hopefully we get our hands on one for a longer period of time so we can do a more comprehensive review.

Coming this December

The LG G Pad 8.3 hits stores in the Philippines 1st week of December with an SRP of Php16,995.

With reports and photos from Eason De Guzman

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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