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LG Announces Google Play Edition Tablet

The LG G Pad 8.3 from LG Electronics (LG) is claimed to be the first device ever to be designated a Google Play Edition tablet.

Google’s first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet will feature the latest Android operating system, Android 4.4, KitKat.

The LG G Pad 8.3 reference device is available for purchase starting Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the United States on Google Play.

With a combination of KitKat’s Full-screen Immersive mode and LG’s 1920 x 1200 WUXGA Full HD IPS display, the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition promises to offer an optimal viewing experience.

Apps can utilize every pixel on the G Pad 8.3 screen to create full-bleed UIs reaching edge to edge. With the ability to hide the system UI such as the status bar and navigation bar, this feature is said to be ideal for rich visual content such as photos, videos, maps, books and games.

“The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is a device with hardware and software that has been optimized for a truly consumer-friendly experience,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

The new device comes with 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU and 4,600mAh battery to provide performance and long-life between charges.

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition will be available in glossy Indigo Black in the U.S. for USD 349. Availability in other countries has not yet been determined, says the company.

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