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First Look: LG G Pad 8.3 gets the Google Play treatment

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First Look: LG G Pad 8.3 gets the Google Play treatment

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We already know that the LG G Pad 8.3 is a reliable and swift quad-core tablet -- but now it flaunts a pure Android facelift from Google.

Hello everybody. It's Lynn La from CNET, and today, we're gonna take a look at the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition. As you may know, we've already looked at this tablet before when it originally launched with LG and the Optimus user interface. However, as the first tablet to be reworked as a Google edition tablet, the G Pad now runs the Vanilla Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS. Now, this does mean the device will lose some of the built-in software features seen in the first G Pad, such as LG's Quick Memo app and the Bluetooth connecting feature, Q-Pair. But having a Google branded device does have other benefits. For example, users will get the newest updates from Google as they roll in. In fact, the first time we started up the tablet, it prompted us to install the latest 4.4.2 update. Google's G Pad also has a bit more available internal storage space. The both editions have expandable memory up to 64 Gigs via a micro-SD card, and it's a tab that load noticeably faster. Chrome actually launches quicker. It took a shorter amount of time to load the first level of N.O.V. A. 3, and it scored better results on our 3DMark bench tests. Hardware-wise, however, the tablets are identical. The G Pad still has an 8.3-inch HD display with a 1920x1200 pixel resolution and 273ppi. It also has a 1.7 gigahertz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, a 4.6 ampere-hour battery, and two cameras with a 5-megapixel shooter in the back. If you're interested, the Wi-Fi-only tablet is available at the Play Store for about $350. Again, I'm Lynn, and you've been checking out the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition.

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