The introduction of super-hit tablets like Apple’s iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab were met with rabid excitement from consumers at their inception, but sales for the ultra-portable gadgets have seen a remarkable decline in the last year. While this could be due to many factors, it seems likely that the presence of do-it-all devices like convertible laptops and hybrid tablets/PCs create a far more appealing category of “tablet” for your average user. But that’s not to say there isn’t still a market for an affordable, portable tablet-only device; there simply seem to be so many of them to choose from. This week LG announced yet another, the sequel to their G Pad tablet dubbed the G Pad II, which will be officially showcased next month at Berlin’s IFA electronics show and just may be the perfect balance of affordability and functionality.
Along with the sneak peek LG has given us ahead of the tablet’s debut next month, we have also learned that while the G Pad II has received some serious upgrades, it will cost the same as its predecessor when it launches. One of the most notable upgrades was to the display, which now houses a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution 10.1-inch WUXGA screen. It’s not quite 2K resolution, but it does beat Full HD out by a few pixels. The tablet is powered by a beefy 7,400 mAh battery that LG claims is the “largest in its class”, while the processor got only a slight upgrade to the 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm. The G Pad II comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop already installed, along with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM; if those storage limitations leave you feeling anxious about purchasing the tablet, know that they can be expanded via a micro SD card.
Other specifications for the LG G Pad II are about what you would expect for a mid-range tablet – a five-megapixel rear-facing camera with a two-megapixel camera on the front, a Dual Window multi-tasking mode and even a Reader Mode which reduces the amount of blue light emitted when you’re using the tablet as an e-book reader. Plus, every tablet comes preloaded with Microsoft Office for Android Table and 100GB if free OneDrive storage for two years. While we don’t have exact pricing or launch dates yet, we do know that it will be available in North America and Europe in both its LTE and Wi-Fi variations, and LG has assured us that it has not raised the price of the device since the original 10.1-inch G Pad. Oh, and it only comes in one color – Brilliant Bronze.
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