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LG announces Australian availability of LG G Pad 10.1

The Android-based tablet sports an 8,000mAh battery as well as security and keyboard correction tools found on LG's smartphone lineup.

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The LG G Pad 10.1, the largest tablet in LG's G Pad series, has gone global.

Introduced in June, the family of Android-powered tablets includes features borrowed from the company's lineup of smartphones. The South Korean electronics giant announced the European availability in June of the 7-inch G Pad 7.0 but now LG Australia has confirmed that its 10.1-inch G Pad 10.1 sibling would launch in Australia by the start of August, retailing for AU$399.

Along with an 8,000mAh battery, the tablet incorporates the KnockCode security feature already found on LG smartphones. Through KnockCode, users can power on and unlock their device through a quick series of taps. The G Pad tablets will remember up to four sets of knock patterns, which means multiple people can use the same tablet and maintain their own unique security.

The tablet also sports the Smart Keyboard feature, which aims to reduce keyboard errors by learning from users' typing habits to better predict what you intend to type. The new tablets also borrow the G3's multitasking Dual Window mode, which splits the screen to let users view and use two apps at the same, as well as the QPair smartphone connectivity.

As with the other members of the G Pad family, the G Pad 10.1 comes with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and a 1,280x800 HD display. Buyers will have a choice of two colours in Australia: black and red.

The red version exclusive to Harvey Norman "for the time being". Harveys will also stock the black, along with The Good Guys, Bing Lee, and Betta Electrical.

There's a Quick Cover accessory for AU$69, but that's only in black, so if you've forked out for the red tablet, you might be a dash disappointed when you cover it up.

LG faces an uphill battle in the tablet world, which is still dominated by a handful of device makers. Apple's iPad still retains the crown but has lost ground to Android rivals, especially Samsung, the premier Android tablet maker. Asus, Amazon, and Lenovo all rank above LG in reports from IDC and Gartner, showing that LG has its work cut out for it before it can carve out a serious piece of the tablet market.