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A couple of days ago @evleaks (via tipster) shared a tip that an upcoming device known as the LG V510 would be a Nexus device. Considering the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 had already been refreshed this year, this left some suspecting that it would be a larger Nexus tablet. But as it turns out, the LG V510 is no such device. It's a Google Play Edition LG G Pad 8.3. A redditor came across the device's source code, which contains files that make this perfectly clear.

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Two leaked photos of the tablet have also surfaced that put this rumor to rest.

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These photos are joined by Gfxbench results that shine a light on some of the device's specs. Some features, like the Android version it comes with, can change before release. Notable points include:

Model Number: LG-V510

Android Version: 4.4.1

Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1104

We've received a tip of our own that confirms these details to be true - in fact, here's a build.prop from the GPE G Pad 8.3 from mid-November.

The LG G Pad 8.3 is a great tablet, with its largest weakness arguably being the custom software LG filled it with. For reference, here are its specs.

Display: 8.3-inch 1920x1200 IPS
Processor: 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 16GB
Cameras: 5MP Rear shooter, 1.3MP front-facing camera
Ports: MicroSD, headphone jack, microUSB
Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
Battery: 4,600mAh
OS: Android 4.2.2
Dimensions/Weight: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm; 338g
Price: Retail – $350
Buy: Best Buy – White, Black

A Google Play edition LG G Pad 8.3 may not be a Nexus, but it's the next best thing. It will still get speedy updates, and it still runs AOSP.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • AOSPrevails

    A Google edition Gpad would be good enough for me to give up my Nexus 7 2013 for.

    • Derek Duncan

      I really like the 8-inch form. My mom's Note 8.0 is perfect, sans lower resolution.

  • Michael Romano

    They really need to lower the $350 MSRP to compete. Quite a few good small tablets under $300.

    • RL010

      it's 299 euro's here and the n7 2013 is 270 so it's not a big difference

  • Tuấn Ankh

    Wow. Great! It doesn't have to be Nexus branded as long as it's the same as the LG G Pad but with clean Android and Nexus experience. But yeah, the price may need to go down a little bit.

  • EH101

    Meh, we already have root and boot loader unlock for stock 8.3, and we have CM11 on the way (Dev has college finals this week so he can't make time to do the CM11). Unless you want to be just stock, this isn't worth it. Especially when new GPads can still be had for 270ish. Depending on the price of this of course.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

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      • EH101

        This isn't iOS; you can't make whales like that here.

        Lol.

    • muffnman

      True, but down the line, once 4.4's successor arrives a google edition OTA would likely arrive before a dev got a chance to build a ROM variant. So being able to "convert" our stock v500 to a v510 would be pretty sweet in that respect. (Similar to how the Tmobile and ATT HTC Ones can be converted to GPE devices.)

      • EH101

        Indeed, I had thought of that and definitely will be converting my two GPads if possible, but there still isn't a valid reason for someone to buy one of these over the regular GPad I'd say. Again, this is dependent on price, but if the GPE version stays at 350 and you can get the regular one for 270, it'd be a wiser choice to get the regular one.

        The only thing this makes me excited for is possibly using the GPE stock rom/kernel/drivers/binaries/whatever to help us get more 3rd party roms, faster. I'd much prefer a full-featured AOKP or Pac-man over CM11, but beggars can't be choosers.

        And in case some are thinking I'm just suffering from buyer's remorse, not so, I can return my GPads up until January 31st with no restocking fee. Gotta love holiday deals.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          270 for a new GPad!? Wow, it's being sold for, like, 3 times more here in Russia....

          • EH101

            Ouch, that's quite a lot of money for a tablet. At one point it got as low as 250 here. Prices have been fluctuating quite a bit here, since it's the holidays, but yes, if you take your time and shop around it could be bought for about 270.

            What are prices like on ebay for you?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Just checked eBay - varies from 9000 RUB up to 18000, that's roughly 300-550$

          • EH101

            Well, I guess that's better than 3 times our price. Lol.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Men, that's normal for my country. After all, I got the N4 8GB and N7 LTE for 450 and 500$ respectively (14000 and 16000 RUB)

          • EH101

            That figures. I don't know why such large price differences exist. It's not hard to observe the conversion rate. smh

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Probably because of the EURRUB conversion. But it's still much better to get devices from US just because of the lower prices. I mean, compare 350$ for N7 LTE in the states to 500$ for the same tablet in Russia. That's crazy.

          • EH101

            Definitely crazy.

  • wideopn11

    Switch out the snapdragon 600 for the 800 and then we'll talk.

    • Michael Pahl

      my s600 in my N7 runs stable at 2.2ghz with a marginal undervolt as well.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        N7 has an S4 Pro, just like N4 does

        • Samvith V Rao

          No..it has an underclocked Snapdragon 600. Read Anandtech's review.

          • Zach Mauch

            Actually you are both right. It's in reality the same physical processor as the S600. Quailcomm just lists it as an S4. It's symantics really.

        • Michael Pahl

          Negative ghostrider

  • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

    I am stoked for this. 8-9" is my ideal tablet size, and this has more power and features than the N7. LG's lamentable software was the only thing holding me back. I will buy one as soon as it's available.

    • Alberto

      CPU is a bit of an improvement (both Krait 300 but clock speed is higher on the G Pad), but RAM is LPDDR2 instead of LPDDR3, though... Not so sure about the performance improvement from the Nexus 7. It could be interesting just to avoid the multitouch issues.

  • Alberto

    16 Gb of internal storage = NO WAY.

    Nexus 8 doesn't exist then, what about a new Nexus 10?

    • José A. Medina

      It has sd card slot... so no problem.

      • Alberto

        Not really... On most devices you can't transfer apps to the SD card, and even in those where you can some apps won't let you do it. And 12 Gb available for apps and games is not that much...

        • mustbepbs

          Apps2SD works just fine.

          • Alberto

            Yes, but that's a workaround. After the early Android days when we were always short on internal storage I decided I would never again buy an Android device that would require me to care about that. Is it that much more expensive for OEMs to release a 32 Gb option? I like the G Pad form factor, and its aesthetycs, and I love stock Android, but the lack of a 32 Gb option is a dealbreaker for me.

          • mustbepbs

            Well good luck with that.

            Me? I'm going to use the apps that are widely and freely available to make my device do what I want. Call me crazy.

          • José A. Medina

            you read my mind!

            im not a heavy app guy, maybe a few games, but mostly for reading e-books, so ii can throw a 64gb micro sd on that and works fine for me

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Well, there could be variants.

  • Joshua

    Holy shit, I think this is exactly what a friend of mine would be looking for. I'll let him know about this.

  • Lirodon

    Now where's my G2 Google Play Edition?

    The N5 is good, but the G2 has some slightly better specs

    • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

      Nexus 5 is already based off the G2, so a G2 GPE won't happen. Is next year's Nexus phone is based off something else, we may get a G3 GPE.

      • Ryan Callihan

        Agreed. A G2 GPE would defeat the purpose of the Nexus 5 being based off of a different phone.

        • Lirodon

          Ehh? The G2 has a slightly bigger screen, a different camera, and a better battery.

          It is not a carbon copy, like the Nexus 4/Optimus G

          • Ryan Callihan

            I realize that but if they were going to make a G2 GPE, they wouldn't have based the N5 on the G2 in the first place.

    • Chris Martinelli

      "Now where's my G2 Google Play Edition?"

      Even better - http://download.cyanogenmod.org/

      • Lirodon

        I use CM10.2 on my Galaxy Nexus thank you very much

        • Chris Martinelli

          CM 11 is out for all versions of G2 . Its fast and quite stable already.

  • Chris Caldwell

    play edition, for me, is synonymous with Nexus. Im very impressed with the consistently high standards of the Nexus line, however a solid device on Play Edition doesnt have any major drawbacks IMO. Unless it's Samsung, because they "break the trust" even on play editions.

  • Ryan Callihan

    Such a better option than a N8. I'm glad this rumor has been put to rest.

  • Felix Adiutama

    Is there any LTE version?

  • Matt

    "LG-V510(G-Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition)_Android_KK_V510_10d_Kernel.tar.gz"

    I really wish they'd just called this file KitKatKernel. Maybe also use the acronym to save space.

    • Mike Harris

      Hahahaha. I did nazi that coming.

  • Michael Pahl

    That snapdragon can run at 2.2ghz with no loss in stability.

  • Rob H.

    Anyone been on the devices section of the play store recently?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Now, LG, remove your branding from the front side, leave only on-screen buttons, and I'm sold

  • Zach Mauch

    can I buy a normal version and load a google play ROM onto to make it a google play edition? It looks like I can get the normal version cheaper.