To the dismay of Android power users still hopeful of a tablet return in style, LG never came through with that rumored Snapdragon 805-based 8.3-inch G Pad 2 beast, instead launching an SD800 10.1-incher with just 2GB RAM in tow, and an even humbler Snapdragon 400 8-incher.
Now, it’s finally time for our promised LG G Pad II 8.3 LTE, but unfortunately, this thing also packs 2 gigs of memory instead of 3, and a Snapdragon 615 processor takes the place of the gossiped 805. Oh, well, perhaps it’s for the best, given the latter’s more advanced age, and how the downgraded RAM could allow LG to keep the pricing bar slightly lower.
There are no official words on retail costs yet, while in terms of availability, we only know the second-gen G Pad 8.3 will debut on Korea’s LG U+ network later this week. It’s obviously possible a North American expansion shall follow shortly after a prospective CES re-introduction next month, though that’s merely good old fashioned guesswork.
Sticking to the facts, the Android 5.1 Lollipop-running tablet looks like a greatly evolved variant of the G Pad II 8.0 LTE, but oddly enough, it doesn’t upgrade very many of the 2013 G Pad 8.3’s specs. The display sports the same 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution, the battery is only marginally heftier, at 4,800 mAh, and you once again get 16GB expandable storage.
On the bright side, the G Pad II 8.3 LTE should appeal to artists and on-the-go productivity seekers with a built-in stylus, as well as a full-sized USB 2.0 port capable of accommodating every accessory that plays nice with a laptop. Enough to pique your interest? Maybe wait for official pricing before answering.