SEOUL Oct 7 LG Electronics Inc
introduced on Monday its first tablet with a high-resolution
screen, joining global rivals trying to take on Apple Inc's
dominance in the popular small-sized tablet market.
The G Pad 8.3 is the first tablet by the South Korean firm
in nearly two years as it has struggled to regain lost ground in
the mobile market due to a slow response to the industry's shift
The world's third-largest smartphone maker after Samsung
Electronics Co and Apple hopes the new tablet with a
sharper display will help it gain traction during the year-end
holiday season as Android-based tablets continue to win market
share from Apple's iPad.
The launch comes as Apple has been unable to widely roll out
a new version of its iPad Mini with a high-resolution "retina"
display this month, according to sources familiar with Apple's
supply chain, leaving the gadget without the sharper screen
found on rival tablets.
The G Pad 8.3 has 1,920-by-1,200 resolution at 273 pixel per
inch (ppi), better than Apple's 7.9-inch iPad Mini, which has
1,024-by-768 resolution at 163 ppi. It will square off against
such products as Amazon's faster and lighter versions
of its Kindle tablet that were introduced late last month.
LG has also added a feature that allows users to check and
send messages received by their Android smartphone from the
tablet, hoping such function will help it stand out in an
increasingly crowded mobile market.
The new tablet, which is available for Wifi only version,
will be sold for 550,000 won ($510) from next week in South
Korea and will be introduced in some 30 countries by the end of