A couple of weeks ago we spotted LG's new G Pad II 8.0, at that point announced exclusively for the company's home market of South Korea. The hardware is underwhelming at best: despite some interesting features like a full-sized USB port and a stylus, many were put off by the pokey Snapdragon 210 processor and 1.5GB of RAM. Fortunately, it looks like LG isn't going to go for the lowest common denominator with all its forthcoming tablets. The G Pad II 10.1, announced today, has a little more oomph to its hardware.

To begin with, it uses a 1920x1200 screen, which has become essentially the lowest point of entry for 10-inch tablets at this point (no matter what Samsung says). The rest of the specs are respectable: the Snapdragon 800 is a bit old, but still offers plenty of power, 2GB of RAM is plenty for Android 5.1.1, and 16GB of storage (plus a microSD card) is, if not great, then at least no less than you might expect. It's wrapped up in a fairly inoffensive shell (available in "Brilliant Bronze" and some kind of purple) that holds a 7400mAh battery. The cameras are 5MP and 2MP on the rear and front, respectively. The extras from the 8.0 version don't seem to have been retained.

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As usual, LG is hoping to woo potential customers with some whiz-bang software extras, like a "reader mode" that decreases the blue light of the screen and a multi-window mode. The G Pad II 10.1 will also come with Microsoft Office pre-loaded and 100GB of free storage on Microsoft's OneDrive system. Both the Wi-Fi and LTE models are without a price at the moment, but LG's press release says they'll both be available in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company will show the tablet off at the IFA trade show in Berlin next month, where we'll hopefully get more information on prices and dates.

Press Release

SEOUL, Aug. 24, 2015 — LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling the most advanced model of its G Pad tablet series at IFA 2015 in Berlin. Following its official debut, both LTE and Wi-Fi versions of G Pad II 10.1 will become available in key markets in North America, Europe and Asia.

The LG G Pad series offers the perfect balance of performance and price to satisfy most consumers in the market for big-screen mobile companion. The G Pad II 10.1 offers more features than other devices in the same segment with its clear WUXGA (1920 x 1200) display for enjoying multimedia content and comfortably browsing the web. And with its fast 2.26GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor and long-lasting 7,400mAh battery — the largest in its class — the G Pad II 10.1 can keep you entertained for hours on end.

Even with its large 10.1-inch display, the G Pad II 10.1 features a slim and sleek design with the slimmest bezel among similar-sized tablets currently on the market. It provides a truly immersive viewing experience and does so with style with a soft metallic-finish.

What’s more, Reader Mode makes reading e-books more comfortable by reducing the blue light of the display backlight, which studies have shown to cause eye fatigue and blurred vision. Dual Window divides the screen allowing you to run two applications at the same time a convenient feature for chronic multitaskers. QuickMemo+ allows users to instantly create, save and share their memos from any screen, without having to open a separate application. The G Pad II 10.1 comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office for Android Tablet and an additional 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.

“The LG G Pad II 10.1 was developed in response to consumers’ feedback and optimized for multimedia consumption.” said Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company. “Customers asked for a large display, bigger battery and faster performance all without raising the price. The G Pad II delivers on all counts.”

Details of price and availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see the LG G Pad II 10.1 for themselves in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9.

Key Specifications*:

  • Processor: 2.26GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Processor
  • Display: 10.1-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 / 224 ppi)
  • Operating System: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Memory: 16GB eMMC / 2GB RAM / microSD
  • Camera: Rear 5MP / Front 2MP
  • Battery: 7,400mAh Size: 254.3 x 161.1 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 489g
  • Network: DL 42 Mbps / UL 5.76Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: LTE Cat. 4 CA / Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / A-GPS / USB 2.0
  • Color: Brilliant Bronze
  • Other: Reader Mode / Dual Window / QuickMemo+

 

* Specifications may vary depending on the market.