Nexus 8 Revealed as LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, to Challenge Nexus 7?

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | December 11, 2013 3:20 PM EST

After this year's successful release of the Nexus 7, a lot of Google fans are anticipating the release of the Nexus 10 2 before the year ends. In fact, there have been a number of rumours about the Nexus 10 2 and the Nexus 8 all over the Internet. Today, the rumour mill stopped churning after Google and LG unveiled the LG G Pad 8.3 on Google Play.

Earlier reports were made about Google preparing for Google Edition tablets to be launched on the Play Store, similar to what it did for the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 - now it is official. Google and LG announced the first flagship tablet to be in Google edition, the LG G Pad 8.3 inches. It is now officially available on Google Play and it won't merely be an Android device covered with a third party skin like the LG G Pad which is still running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. With the LG G Pad 8.3, users can now enjoy the latest version of Android.

Fans are waiting for an Android tablet from Google which could be the Nexus 8 or Nexus 10 2 but Google is going to deliver the Android experience to its users with another device instead.

The LG G Pad 8.3 tablet will be the first of maybe a number of Google Play Edition tablets. This flagship tablet is not too big but not too small at 8.3 inches screen with 1920 x 1080p full HD IPS display. Under the hood are the impressive 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 16GB internal storage, and 2GB of RAM. However, in contrast to Google Nexus 7, the LG G Pad 8.3 has a microSD slot. Also, this remarkable new LG tablet packs a 5MP rear camera, Infrared to use it as a remote control, and most importantly it is now offered as a Google Edition tablet with stock Android.

The LG G Pad 8.3 is surely not as budget-friendly as the Google Nexus 7, but you can have the LG flagship tablet on your hands right now for only $349, similarly priced with the standard version LG G Pad 8.3 in stores right now. Also, Google Play is offering if for free shipping now.

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