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LG could be looking to get back into the tablet market with a host of rumors doing the rounds the Korean electronics co is set to release a 10.1-inch tablet under the title G Pad 5.
If so, it could indicate LG is seeking to re-try where plenty of others have failed. The notoriously tightly held tablet market is currently dominated by the likes of Apple, Samsung and to a lesser extent Amazon, Asus and Acer.
So, it begs the question what will they offer in a bid to capture some of the market and add a point of difference?
LG was once considered part of the device elite, but since 2017 it’s been all quiet on the tablet-making front.
Powered by the Android operating system, the last LG G Pad didn’t offer much to write home about. It came with a 4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that could be expanded up to 2GB via a microSD card.
As far as the cameras were concerned, the LG G Pad IV 8.0 FHD packed a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
What it did deliver was brand recognition. The G Pad was part of a greater flagship line-up of smart phones and other products like LG TVs.
According to a wealth of leaks currently spilling their way across the internet, LG is soon set to make another play at securing a piece of the tablet pie. This time they’re looking at releasing a 10.1-inch tablet known as the G Pad 5.
The same leaks indicate this new model will have a 1900 by 1200 screen, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of storage and will run out of the box on Android 9 Pie.
About here is where things start to get a little interesting as Android 10 is already up and running, but it could also indicate the launch is close at hand.
Meanwhile, some of the leaked internals also indicate the processor might be a little outdated, with most reports stating the G Pad 5 is likely to run with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. This was first launched in 2016 and has since been superseded by the Snapdragon 600 and 700 series.
It’s further believed the G Pad 5 will have an LTE connection but no NFC. There’s no word as yet on the camera, but a leaked render hints at the fact the front-facing camera will be single lens.
What might be to LG’s benefit is the G Pad 5’s purported price tag. One US site already has it listed for just $284.04 but the listing is not accompanied by images and is currently recorded as out of stock.
That might mean there’s been a listing error, or alternatively could indicate the G Pad 5 is very close to release.
Whether or not the G Pad 5 launches in the coming days or over the coming weeks, it’s unlikely it will be released to a whole host of fanfare.
Instead, many predict it will slip quietly into LG’s existing line-up. At that stage LG will be faced with the challenge every other Android tablet manufacturer bar Samsung currently stares down the barrel of – is there enough market interest to get their newest tablet across the line?