While the LG G Pad F 8.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 are currently the protagonists of a couple of fairly enticing bundle deals at T-Mobile, going for 50 percent off their list prices when bought alongside select LG and Samsung phones, the “Uncarrier” badly needed a new affordable sub-10-incher.
Enter the LG G Pad X 8.0, rumored a couple of months back to go official in May and unveiled the other day in Korea and Canada under the G Pad III 8.0 moniker. At Magenta, the Android Marshmallow-powered slate costs just as much as the outdated G Pad F 8.0, and 80 full bucks less than the 8-inch Galaxy Tab A, yet it easily trumps both its cousin and arch-rival in, well, everything that matters.
Screen resolution? Check, as HD graduates to Full HD. Specifically, 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, resulting in 283 ppi density. Processing power? Double check, with twice the number of CPU cores on the Snapdragon 615 compared to SD400 or 410.
The RAM count is the same on the G Pad X 8.0 and GTab A 8.0 (2GB), the declared battery life actually superior on the aging Samsung, with matching 16GB internal storage space and microSD support. But LG’s newest mid-ranger prevails in terms of selfie prowess, courtesy of a 5MP front-facing camera, also features a decent 5MP rear shooter, and likely feels better in the hand, tipping the scales at a little over 300 grams.
All in all, at $240, or $10 a month for a couple of years, the LG G Pad X 8.0 is hands down the best compact choice for Android tablet enthusiasts on T-Mo.