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LG today unveiled a new series of three G Pad tablets, with 7.0- 8.0- and 10.1-inch sizes, due to be unveiled at the MedPi European tradeshow from May 13-16.

The new tablets are a result of customer feedback – LG says their customers have told them they want a wider range of devices with “sizeable screens” that don’t compromise on portability. Sounds like a series of lightweight tablets with high quality screens to us, so let’s see if they can deliver.

Details are scarce at the moment. Short of the two pictures attached to this post, we can only glean that LG’s pushing a new look (well overdue) user experience. The software will feature a new version of Q Pair (the software that pairs phone and tablet, so you can action phone items like SMS’s from the tablet), and Knock On / Knock Code will return. Those were some of the best features of the company’s previous tablet offering – the G Pad 8.3, so we’re happy to see them make a return.

The tablets are being pitched to prospective purchasers by calling out the activities that each scree size lends itself to, with the G Pad 7.0 able to be held in one hand, the G Pad 8.0 providing better immersive multimedia experiences and the G Pad 10.1 packing a huge screen battery and “endless hours” of fun.


Big Nexus

Looking at the pictures, it seems obvious that LG has taken some design cues from some of its other devices that are produced in partnership with Google.

These new G Pad tablets look to continue the design language of the Nexus 5, blowing up that design to tablet size with a similar coloured back-and-sides arrangement on the blue 7.0 model as seen on the red Nexus 5, the dotted speaker grille and overall end curvature of the devices. That doesn’t look like a bad thing at all – and while that blue G Pad 7.0 is pretty hot, I’m itching to see if there might be some other colours coming.

This might also bode well for a Google Play Edition of one or more of these new G Pad devices – not that we’re expecting to see those devices launched here any time soon. If that happens, it could also explain what happened to the Nexus 10 that failed to get its expected hardware refresh at the end of the last year.

LG advises that the full specs and availalbility of the new tablets will be announced locally in the coming weeks. We’ve put in an enquiry with LG Australia and will let you know what we find out.

Source: LG NewsroomLG Korea.
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Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!
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Thinking of replacing my Nexus 7 (2012 model) with this 8 inches if the reviews are good.

James Z

hmm very tempting at buying one but i will make a decision when i c the price for those 3 tablets


I’m interested as to whether LG has put the brakes on their bloated skin, and if these tablets have microSD capability, and can be used as phones.

Phill Edwards

I’ve been after an 8″ tablet for a while and was going to get the LG 8.3 tablet. But I changed my mind as I will use it outside quite a lot and apparently it was awful in daylight. So it would be great if you can get some feedback on how good these are in daylight.