LG’s latest tablet gets a full-sized USB port
A few weeks back, we caught wind of a new rumor about LG and its tablet plans, suggesting that the company was prepping a new G Pad 2 for launch early this fall, one with some respectable-sounding upper-tier hardware. While it looks like we’ll have to keep waiting before we find out whether or not there’s any truth there, this week we have the opportunity to check out a slightly different LG tablet as it goes official, and while it’s a much lower-end model, it does manage to deliver at least one attractive, rare feature.
The LG G Pad II 8.0 is launching in South Korea with an eight-inch 1280 x 800 display, Snapdragon 400 SoC, and 1.5GB of RAM. There’s a 5MP main camera, a 2MP front-facer, and a 4200mAh battery powers the tablet. LG gives the model 32GB of internal storage, which you’re free to expand via microSD. And while it’s no Galaxy Note with its S Pen, the G Pad II 8.0 features a built-in capacitive stylus that should work in a pinch. LTE support rounds-out the package.
So far, there’s not a lot to write home about here … and then we get to the USB port. While the tablet measures just 8.9mm thick, LG has managed to cram in a full-sized USB port, ready to interface with regular USB accessories like flash drives – no adapter needed.
Will the presence of full-sized USB drive you to pick up the LG G Pad II 8.0? Well, it might be nice to have, but there are some trade-offs here that could still be hard to swallow. More than anything, we’re just hopeful that this is part of a trend that brings full-sized USB to even more mobile devices.