Back in August LG announced new versions of its G Pad tablet in both 8 and 10-inch varieties. Aside from a couple of features like an integrated stylus on the former, they weren't all that interesting, just middling updates of the previous budget-focused models. Even when one of them showed up in the US for a little carrier-branded fun, it was met with a big fat "meh." The sequel to the G Pad 8.3, which was actually quite nice when it launched back in 2013, is likewise underwhelming.
LG announced the G Pad II LTE for its home market of South Korea yesterday. If this tablet were a movie, it would be a shot-by-shot remake of the original with extra special effects: with the same screen size and 1920x1200 resolution, the same form factor, same 2GB of RAM, 16GB of base storage, same MicroSD card slot. You get an upgraded Snapdragon 615 processor (the original used a 600) which puts it in more of a mid-range position than its budget brothers, but no one's going to be wowwed by an 8MP rear camera or its 2MP front-facing cam. This model is slightly thicker than the original at 8.8mm, though the battery does get a slight boost to 4800mAh.
Software is Android 5.1.1 with LG's skin and some exclusive Microsoft Office goodies, and the only color announced for the launch in South Korea is "brown gold." On top of the LTE radio, the tablet gets an included passive stylus and a full-sized USB port for easy file transfers. No price was mentioned on LG's site. Since the previous G Pad II models have barely made any appearances outside of Asia, I wouldn't expect to see this one in other markets any time soon.
- LG Korea