While they say conventional tablets, without the ability to seamlessly morph into something else, are pretty much dead, a handful of hopeful companies continue to see a future for jumbo-sized cost-conscious Androids, particularly 7 and 8-inchers.
A future very similar to the present, unfortunately, at least as far as LG is concerned, with the “new” G Pad III 8.0 greatly resembling last year’s Korea-launched G Pad II 8.3 and the Verizon-exclusive G Pad X 8.3.
The screen diagonal is obviously a little smaller this time around, the design a tad shier, with a fairly straightforward textured back in a single color, whereas Android 6.0 Marshmallow enters the equation out the box to run the silky smooth software show.
Called LG G Pad III 8.0 in both Korea and Canada, the slate only appears to offer 4G LTE connectivity in the latter country, with the former however receiving a 32 instead of a 16GB variant, also capable of taking 8MP selfies.
On Rogers and Fido, the 8-incher sports 5MP cameras on its front and rear, packing octa-core Snapdragon 617 processing power, 2GB RAM, and a 4,800 mAh battery. The display delivers 1,920 x 1,200 content, and a full-sized USB port is touted as a major selling point as well. All for the respectable price of CAD 240 (USD $185), of which you don’t need to pay a single penny upfront.
Over in LG’s homeland, where the specifications are almost identical, the third-gen G Pad bizarrely fetches the equivalent of $275, so your guess is as good as ours when it comes to how much T-Mobile might charge stateside before long. Hopefully, around $200.