T-Mobile Debut The LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus
T-Mobile, America’s third largest national carrier, is releasing a new tablet in September 2017. This new tablet is the awkwardly named LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus, which will retail for $240 or is available with a two year plan. At first glance, the G Pad X2 8.0 Plus does not appear to offer anything new to the tablet world. As you would expect from the name, it’s based around an 8.0-inch LCD panel of full HD, or 1080p, resolution. There’s an octa-core, 1.4 GHz system-on-chip, which sounds like it could be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 as used by lower end handsets (such as the Wileyfox Swift 2), backed up by 2 GB of RAM. There is a respectable 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, and it comes with 5MP front and rear cameras, although most people wouldn’t consider using a tablet to take photos. The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat under LG’s proprietary user interface, including an auxiliary hardware button to be be customised by the customer for whatever he or she wants. None of that silly Samsung Bixby button lock down here!
One eyebrow raising entry on the specification sheet is the tablet’s battery capacity is only 2,900 mAh. To put this into perspective, it’s smaller than many 2017 flagship smartphones, but the G Pad X2 8.0 Plus has a significantly larger display. Fortunately, the tablet comes with an interesting accessory in the box: the G Pad Plus Pack. This is a detachable back for the tablet, which includes a kickstand, 4,400 mAh external battery, stereo speakers and a full-sized USB port. Combining both batteries provides the device with 6,300 mAh of battery capacity and a means of propping up the device to watch movies, or for work. That full sized USB port could be used to connect a keyboard or mouse for productivity purposes.
It might not exactly be a modular device, but the new LG tablet follows a trend we’ve seen elsewhere in the smartphone market – that of making certain features optional, so as to make a portable device even more portable when you feel the need. All up, the LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus is not a very exciting tablet, but it could easily be put to service for productivity as well as an entertainment and media device. It’s a little different to AT&T’s recently announced entertainment-biased device, but if T-Mobile is more your kinda carrier compared with AT&T, the LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus could be right up your street.