LG's flagship tablet (and currently the company's only one) is certainly making headlines today. Just this morning we saw an impressive $100 off deal for the WiFi version, and now it looks like there's a carrier variant in the works. The reliable Evleaks posted photos of a G Pad 8.3 with Verizon's telltale branding, indicating that the tablet will be coming to Big Red sometime in the future.
LG G Pad 8.3 for Verizon. pic.twitter.com/0De4SuQLcq
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 14, 2014
The G Pad 8.3 has been generally well-received, though the hardware has been given higher marks than LG's customized version of Android 4.2. Presumably a Verizon variant would keep most of the hardware specs the same (Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 16GB of storage) with the addition of a CDMA-LTE radio. Verizon will certainly insist on a few software additions, and indeed, you can see at least one Verizon app right on the home page in the leaked photo.
No release date or price is available, but Evleaks' posts generally precede a public announcement by a few weeks or months. It's unlikely that a Verizon version of the G Pad would be competitive with other Android tablets or the iPad Mini in terms of price. The retail version of the WiFi tablet goes for $350, well above the comparable Nexus 7 2013, and Verizon isn't exactly offering great deals on the LTE version of that tablet. On the other hand, those who love the 8-inch form factor don't have a lot of choices when it comes to LTE tablets, so perhaps it will find at least a few buyers. I'll stick to the Google Play Edition.