LG has launched a new tablet exclusively through its own carrier network, LG U+ in its home country, South Korea. The new LG U+ Pad 8 tablet is an entry-level tablet priced at KRW 242,000 (approx $210/Rs. 13,500) and is sold across the country through its retail outlets. The tablets haven’t seen the same growth as the smartphones, but lately, Microsoft brought some diversification with its 2-in-1 concept Surface tablets. As of now, most of the major manufacturers have already launched the premium 2-in-1 tablets. However, the low-cost tablets makers still enjoy the major market share in the tablet world.
Unlike Samsung, Apple, and Huawei; we haven’t any premium tablets from LG. The company has been launching the mid-range tablets under its GPad series. Talking about the newly launched LG U+ Pad 8, it comes with an 8-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels) resolution display offering 16:10 aspect ratio. It comes powered by MediaTek MT8783 octa-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. There is just 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. As the entry-level are most used for media consumption, the larger storage and bigger battery should be the minimum requirement.
Since the LG U+ Pad 8 comes with just 16GB storage, there is a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion up to another 64GB. It is backed by a 4,000mAh battery that is rated to deliver 6 hours of usage. On the connectivity front, the tablet supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio, and GPS. From the above image, we can see the power button and the volume rocker on the right edge of the tablet. In the camera department, there is a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera for selfies. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with the LG UX UI laid on top. It measures 215 x 122.9 x 9.85 mm and weighs 350 grams.
While we aren’t expecting to see the LG U+ Pad 8 in the international markets, the company might launch the same tablet with a new name. In December last year, LG has launched the high-end LG G Pad III 10.1 tablet in South Korea for KRW 429,000. As the name suggests, it came with a bigger 10.1-inch display with the same WUXGA resolution as on the LG U+ Pad 8. Though it came with 2GB of RAM, the internal storage is doubled up to 32GB. On the camera front, there is a 5MP sensor on front and back of the device. The 10.1-inch tablet is kept powered on by a large 6,000mAh non-removable battery and features USB Type-C port.