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LG takes on the Nexus 7 with an 8-inch Google Play Edition tablet

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LG G Pad 8.3 1024px
LG G Pad 8.3 1024px

LG's Nexus 5 smartphone made quite the splash, and now the Korean electronics manufacturer is back for more. For the same $349 you'd spend on the phone, you can now buy the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition tablet. As you'd expect from the name, it's a tablet with stock Android 4.4, serving up KitKat on a 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 Full HD IPS display with rather thin bezels. That "8.3" number doesn't just refer to the screen size, though, but also the fact that the tablet is just 8.3mm thick.

The whole kit is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 system-on-chip, and comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and dual cameras. With a 4600mAh battery inside, it weighs in at 338 grams. All in all, it's basically a larger Nexus 7 with a slightly speedier processor, a microSD slot, and a slightly less pixel-dense screen, that's also a little bit thinner and heavier thanks to its "premium aluminum casing." Costing over $100 more than the lauded Nexus 7, it might be hard to compete, but if you're looking for a slightly larger tablet with the feel of brushed aluminum, you now have another option from LG. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is available today.

Below, you can see our hands-on impressions with the original G Pad 8.3, which went on sale in October for the same $349.