LG bolsters tablet range with three new slates
By Chris Wood
May 12, 2014
LG has announced a significant expansion to its tablet range, adding three new devices to its G Pad line. The new slates, known as the G Pad 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 feature – you guessed it – 7, 8 and 10.1-inch displays, and will sit alongside the existing G Pad 8.3 that we reviewed back in January.
There’s not much to say about the new tablets, as LG has yet to release detailed specs. However, we do know that the devices will feature the company’s own augmentations to the Android operating system. These include QPair 2.0, a feature that lets users connect their Android smartphone to the tablet, receiving and responding to messages and calls, along with the Knock Code, a unique unlocking system that lets the user enter a pattern of taps anywhere on the display to unlock the device.
“Unlike smartphones, tablets are not one size fits all," said LG President and CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park. "So we designed the G Pad Series for a diverse target audience, some who prioritize portability while others want the best multimedia experience possible.”
In our review, we found the LG G Pad 8.3 to be a well-designed, lightweight option that’s held back by the company’s cumbersome UI overlay. We’ll have to wait until we get some hands-on time with the new devices to see whether they provide a more accomplished user experience than their sibling.
We’ll have full details on the internals of the new tablets as soon as they’re available.