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LG G Pad 8.3 Android Tablet Now Available for $349

Dubbed a companion for Android smartphones, including the G2, LG's G Pad 8.3 will hit U.S. store shelves on Nov. 3 for $349 and is available now at Based on the specs and our hands-on time with the tablet during IFA Berlin last month, it looks like LG plans to re-enter to hyper competitive tablet market in a big way. For just $30 more than the iPad mini, the G Pad 8.3 offers a stunning 1920 x 1200 IPS, 8.3-inch screen backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.

Key software features within LG's G2 -- like QSlide apps, Knock On and more -- are also found on the G Pad 8.3, making it like an upscaled version of the flagship smartphone. However, LG has also introduced a new way for its leading tablet and Android smartphones to interact: QPair. This feature allows users to sync their G Pad 8.3 with an Android smartphone, which lets them access recently opened apps, respond to text messages and more.

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Other features of the G Pad 8.3 include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable up to 64GB via microSD) and a hefty 4,600 mAh battery. You'll also find a 5-MP camera with a backside illuminated sensor. The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX has the G Pad 8.3 beat with its faster Snapdragon 800 CPU, but some will prefer LG's more familiar Android interface. We'll see how the G Pad 8.3 stacks up to the competition when it arrives in the LAPTOP Labs soon enough.

Joe Osborne joined the staff in 2013, focused on improving LAPTOP’s already stellar review coverage and original benchmark tests. With a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University, Joe has covered the games and tech scenes through reviews, hands-on previews, news, interviews and more for outlets like PCMag and AOL’s