With LTE speeds putting coffee-shop WiFi to shame, many tablet makers now produce devices in pairs: one model with WiFi, and another with an extra 4G radio and SIM slot. Not LG's G Pad 8.3, though, as both skinned and Google editions of the slate spurn LTE for the sake of their ol' buddy WiFi. It appears, however, that Verizon may've persuaded LG to pull together a cellular version of the G Pad for its network, if puzzle pieces from a recent FCC filing end up fitting together as we'd expect. All we know from the official docs is that an LG tablet, model number VK810, has been approved for the US market with LTE support for Bands 4 and 13 -- Verizon's magic numbers. As PhoneArena points out, the mystery tablet's dimensions are more or less identical to those of the G Pad 8.3, which is where the trail ends. So, it's more than likely we'll see LG launch a 4G model with Big Red soon, but if being tied down ain't your bag, then at least let its existence foster hopes of a carrier-agnostic LTE model sometime later.
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- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system Android (Jelly Bean [4.2])
- Screen size 8.3 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash), Memory card
- Camera (integrated) 5 megapixels
- Dimensions 8.54 x 4.98 x 0.33 in
- Weight 11.92 oz
- Announced 2013-09-01