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LG Tablets Get More Carrier Distribution

Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — LG expanded the rollout of LTE-equipped G Pad tablets with the launch by Verizon of the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and LG G Pad 10.1 LTE, both equipped with Verizon’s dual-band XLTE 4G technology.

Verizon joins AT&T in offering an LTE-equipped G Pad tablet, the G Pad 7.0, available since early August.

Both carriers are promoting cellular-equipped tablets to bolster new subscriber adds in a saturated cellphone market.

Verizon’s LG G Pad 7.0 is available on the carrier’s website and in Verizon Wireless stores for $249. For a limited time, the tablet will be available for $49 with new two-year activation. The LG G Pad 10.1 is also available through the same venues for $299, and for a limited time, it will be available for $199 with two-year activation. Users are able to add the tablet to an existing More Everything accounts for a $10 monthly access fee.

The two tablets are among a trio of Android 4.4.2 tablets unveiled in May by LG, including the G Pad 8.0. LG reentered the tablet market in 2013 after leaving the market for about two years.

Verizon’s G Pads offer a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, True IPS 1,280 by 800 HD IPS display with Zero Gap technology for wide-angle viewing, 16GB internal storage, 64GB MicroSD slot and 25GB of Verizon Cloud storage. The smaller tablet comes with a 4,000 mAh battery, and the larger comes with a 8,000 mAh battery.

They also come with LG’s proprietary QPair 2.0 and Knock Code UI features. Qpair uses Bluetooth to connect the tablets to an Android smartphone, turning the tablets into an extension of a user’s phone. The tablets receive notifications of a smartphone’s calls and texts and enable users to respond to texts and answer calls from the tablet. A QPair 2.0 SDK enables software developers to create apps that let users stream online media and change settings on the G Pad remotely from any Android smartphone.

Knock Code lets users power on and unlock the tablet by tapping the screen using one of more than 80,000 possible “knock” combinations. A knock pattern using from two to eight taps can be entered on any area of the screen, even if the display is off. Up to four users can register a knock pattern.

Other key features of the tablets include dual window, which splits the screen so that two apps can run simultaneously. The feature also lets users drag and drop content from one window to another.