LG G Pad 8.3 will cost $299. Could be a real hit for them
LG seems to be on a roll for the last year or so. And, if rumors coming out of China are true, their winning streak should continue, and now might be moving from smartphones to tablets.
According to Zol.com.cn, their really good looking LG G Pad 8.3” tablet should cost only $299 when it hits the market in October. And that bodes really well for its prospects.
Back in 2006 – 2009 LG was world’s #3 – a highly successful mobile phone maker. But they totally missed the great iPhone disruption, and the first few years of explosive Android growth. After pulling out of their early agreement with Google to make the first Nexus device, LG was lured to become a major Windows Mobile OEM, only to see Microsoft abandon that OS. Then they tried to make it on their own, with full touch feature phones like LG Prada and Arena. But making touch really work on a phone proved way more difficult than anyone expected. So, in 2010 –2011 LG entered a period of protracted losses, had to abandon feature phone business, and fully switch to Android.
It took some time, but last year LG’s fortunes started turning around . Beginning with a really good flagship- Optimus G, back in October 2012, nabbing the Nexus 4 orders from Google, following up with a very good Optimus G Pro phablet, then excellent G2 successor this summer, and now imminent D820 Google Nexus 5 – LG is again a major player in mobile device biz.
The only place where LG was still lacking – were Android tablets. A category owned by Google Nexus 7, Samsung’s all size slates, and a huge number of cheap wannabe’s.
If LG is able to price 8.3” G Pad at $299, as the latest rumors suggest – they should have a real winner on their hands. In this market LG has the brand only second to Samsung, and now they may have the device, the distribution network and marketing money to really stand out from the crowd.
Of course, most tablet buyers still pine for the iPad, and will buy it especially when this year’s Apple’ upgrades come out. But among Android tablets? With G Pad 8.3? It’s LG’s game to lose now.