By Stephen Schenck | August 27, 2013 3:04 PM
LG’s G Pad 8.3 tablet has been just on the cusp of going official for days now. We’ve been expecting to see it at the IFA next week, but the way LG’s taken to teasing the product’s launch on YouTube, it may have well have already launched. Apparently LG’s quite aware of such reactions to that video, because it’s immediately following it up with a short announcement, going public with its plans for the tablet.
To be fair, though, we’re not sure that even this should count as a straight-up “launch.” We saw the same sort of pre-launch waffling with the G2, and that comes through again in this new statement. Wording like saying the company “officially confirmed that it will soon introduce its newest tablet, the LG G Pad 8.3,” feels more like a pre-launch-launch than anything, and could speak to a more formal reveal at the IFA.
LG CEO Jong-seok Park calls the G Pad 8.3 “the perfect form factor that delivers an exceptional viewing experience,” continuing, “we’re very proud to make it part of our G Series brand.”
Somewhat humorously, LG proudly claims that “the addition of LG G Pad 8.3 will expand the spectrum of the ‘G’ Series line-up, expanding its brand beyond smartphones for the first time.” While we suppose that’s technically true, when we’re talking about only the second G Series model to date, following the G2, it would be quite difficult not to “expand the spectrum” in some regard. In any case, don’t forget that LG’s been down this tablet road before, back in those old Optimus days.