LG G Pad 10.1 hands-on (video)

LG’s mid-range G Pad 10.1 will soon hit Canadian shelves. The company hasn’t officially announced its intentions to sell the 10.1-inch horizontal-oriented tablet in Canada, and won’t commit to a price just yet, but it should be available for around $259CDN in the coming weeks.

Meant to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 series, the G Pad 10.1 sports a 1280×800 pixel IPS display, a 1.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 8000mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

While the hardware isn’t quite as grand as that of the G3, nor the screen as sharp as the G Pad 8.3, the software looks and feels identical to the company’s upcoming flagship. Indeed, LG intends for the G Pad 10.1 to be a home companion to the G3 itself, pairing the two using QPair 2.0 to forward phone calls and text messages to the tablet.

There’s also extensive IR-based home theatre controller options, along with a dedicated menu button for Dual Window, LG’s implementation of side-by-side multitasking on the bigger screen.Screenshot 2014-07-23 13.31.55

The company will also offer its G Pad 8.0, with similar specs, including screen resolution, and a smaller 4,200mAh battery, at the same time.

Look for the G Pad 8.0 and 10.1 in retail stores in the coming weeks.