The LG G Pad III 8.0 is yet another affordable tablet released by the Korean manufacturer LG towards the very end of May 2016.
The initial launch has taken place only in South Korea, the company’s home country and Canada. There are expectations that the handset will soon be able to tablet lovers across other parts of the globe. Although the gadget has much better specs than its earlier model in the same series, it is still far behind when compared with other high-end devices of this category. According to the manufacturer, the tablet is designed to primarily serve activities related to reading books, online lectures and multimedia education. One aspect that makes LG’s tablet stand apart from other tablets is its full size USB 2.0 port that finds its place on the top. It is not common to see this in tablets.
Design, Body Material, Size and Weight
LG has designed its G Pad III 8.0 to feature a textured pattern for its back panel. The front bezels are made of metal to give the tablet an elegant look. The handset has a size of 210.7 x 124.1 x 7.9 mm which makes it very thin and sleek. Although the device is quite slim, it is fairly heavy with a weight of 309g. Thus, it is very likely to be difficult to comfortably keep the gadget in your pocket or hold it in your hand for a long period of time.
Screen Size and Display, Pixel Resolution and Density
As is evident from its name, the LG tablet sports an IPS LCD screen with a size of 8 inches and an aspect ratio of 16:10. The device shows a boost in screen resolution when compared to the earlier models with the enhanced pixel resolution of 1920 x 1200 and close to 233ppi pixel density. The display is protected from scratches with the incorporation of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on its Full HD screen.Overall, the screen has good clarity and sharpness.
The side of the screen houses a dedicated button to switch the screen automatically into Reading mode. When this mode is activated, the screen brightness level of the LG G Pad III 8.0 is set to reading requirements. The intensity of the blue light is reduced, which in turn causes less harm on the eyes. Using the button, you can toggle between the normal and reading modes.
Cameras Performance – Rear and Front
For some reason, the Korean manufacturer seems to have given more importance to its secondary camera than the primary snapper in its third G Pad. Whilst the rear shooter is only a 5MP camera, the front counterpart has an 8MP value. Even though, the rear camera has lesser pixels, images and videos do not get affected owing to the 2592 x 1944 pixel resolution. The camera also supports almost all standard features found in rear snappers of other tablets. Additionally, it can also record 1080p videos @ 30 fps. Needless to say, the front camera does good justice to video chats/calls and selfies. The flip side is that neither of the two cameras supports flash, which can be quite helpful when the surrounding light is less.
Hardware, Memory and Software
The G Pad III has a 2GB RAM supplemented with a 16GB ROM as internal storage. Though the given inbuilt storage is low, enough justice has been done by allowing for external memory expansion up to 200TB. The octa-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor is also more powerful than the previous G Pad. Furthermore, the Adreno 510 graphics processor helps in rendering very good quality graphics.
The key highlight or the best part of the LG G Pad III is that it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. This means that you will not have to wait for an update to get the latest features from Android if you buy this tablet now.
Battery and Battery Life
The LG tablet has a decent capacity battery. With a Li-ion 4,800 non-removable battery, you can expect almost 480 hours of standby talk time. Moreover, the ability to support quick charge functionality gives the battery a great boost. So, even if your tablet runs out of juice, you can help it to gain half charge in very less time.
The LG G Pad III 8.0 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, full size USB, microUSB 2.0 and GPS connectivity options.