The LG G Pad 8.3 is powered by Snapdragon 600 - a conscious decision by LG, as the Snapdragon 800 would have been too power hungry. The company says the Snapdragon 600 is fast enough and while it is indeed fast, we did feel a small difference between it and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra when using the browser. The battery has 4,600mAh capacity by the way.
We ran some benchmarks on the G Pad 8.3, but we'll do more when we get our hands on a proper review unit.
Lower is better
Higher is better
Lower is better
The G Pad 8.3 runs Android 4.2.2 and the user interface feels quite familiar as it should to anyone who has used LG's custom Android UI. It borrows the KnockON feature from the LG G2, so you can tap the screen to wake it up. Another custom feature is Slide Aside, which allows you to switch between up to three apps easily with a three finger swipe.
QPair is a really interesting feature - it pairs the G Pad 8.3 with an Android smartphone, even a non-LG phone (Android Jelly Bean is recommended). QPair will display notifications from the phone on the tablet like incoming calls or messages (SMS and from social networks) and even let you respond.
There's more - you can open a tab in the browser or an image in the gallery on the phone and then transfer it to the tablet. This works for any app that's installed on both devices, but since QPair relies on the app to sync the content it won't work with all third-party apps.
Any QMemos you scribble to on the tablet are synced on the phone as well and you get a one click option to toggle the Wi-Fi hotspot on the phone and share its Internet connection with the G Pad 8.3.
We also managed to snap a few camera samples with the G Pad 8.3. Keep in mind that these lighting conditions are far from ideal.