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The G Pad 10.1, LG’s largest tablet, sports value-oriented specs and will go on sale in the United States later this month.

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Looking for an affordable 10-inch Android tablet? On Monday, LG officially launched the 10.1 G Pad, the biggest in its family of value-oriented tablets.

The 10.1 G Pad is the newest and largest of four tablets in the G Pad line of Android slates. Unfortunately, its specs haven’t been boosted for the larger screen: the 10.1 G Pad only sports a comparatively low-resolution 1280 x 800 IPS screen, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (most likely the 400) and 1GB of RAM. The screen is particularly disappointing, considering the LG G3 smartphone sports a 5.5-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, the best panel currently on a smartphone sold in the United States. The difference in resolution will be clear when switching from one LG device to the other.

On the other hand, the G Pad has some of LG’s nifty software features from the G3, including QPair, which allows LG smartphones to connect to LG tablets over Bluetooth; LG’s dual window multitasking; and “knock code,” which allows users to knock the tablet to wake it up. The device will run Android 4.4 KitKat, the most recent release version, and thankfully a microSD slot for expandable storage is included.

Price and availability are not immediately available, but LG says the G Pad 10.1 will make its debut in the United States “later in the month.” The tablet’s smaller sibling, the G Pad 8.3, has a suggested retail price of $330, so expect something in that range.

  1. The positioning of this tablet really doesn’t make sense. With a screen like that, this would have been a mid-range tablet in 2012, since Asus was launching 1920×1200 screens at that time. 1GB RAM and Snapdragon 400 is entry-level today. Considering you can pick up a Transformer Pad Infinity for under $200 (with better specs all around), I can’t imagine why LG thinks this will sell for over $300.

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    1. Y’know, usually I would agree with you. But last month I was advising my roommate on tablets and said the exact same thing as you did. He ended up with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 in the 10-inch version, which sports roughly equivalent specs with the same resolution display. This guy is smart (usually), and it woke me up to the fact the consumers who go to Best Buy for Android tablets might not care about relative specifications.

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  2. It’s low end by any standard not mid-range.

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  3. Sathish Rao Monday, July 7, 2014

    Probably too little & too late.

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