LG G Pad 8.3 goes on sale in Korea, promised for Europe before the end of the year

LG has released its new tablet device in its homeland of Korea, promising that it will be available in Europe before the end of the year. The LG G Pad 8.3 will also be rolled out to the rest of the world, including North America, in the coming weeks.

The tablet was originally launched on the eve of the IFA consumer electronics trade show in September. It sports an 8.3-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display (272ppi), a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage that can be expanded by up to a further 64GB through microSD.

On the rear, there is a 5-megapixel camera (not "500-megapixel" as the Korean press site claims - that would be some massive technological breakthrough. Something might have been lost in the translation process, we suspect), and a 1.3-megapixel snapper adorns the front of the device.

The model released in Korea is Wi-Fi-only, with Bluetooth 4.0 LE support, so will link with smartwatches and the like. But it will need to get an Android 4.3 update first as the version shipped is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

LG has priced the G Pad 8.3 550,000 won in South Korea, that's around £320 so it's not exactly a competitor to the Nexus 7. But then it does have a inch-and-a-bit to spare.

It is available in black and white colour variants.