We’ve been seeing the LG-V510 model number pop up a few times now, and we were pretty dead set on believing that the device would eventually turn into a Nexus tablet. Well, at it turns out, the V510 won’t be a Nexus tablet after all, but a Google Play Edition tablet instead.
A new open source zip file has landed on LG’s website, and after downloading and unzipping said file, the name “LG-V510(G-Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition)_Android_KK_V510_10d.Android.tar.gz” appears a few times. The name itself is pretty telling, so there’s really little else to speak of, and it looks like the G Pad 8.3 will soon join the ranks of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Editions.
Google Play Edition handsets essentially share the same hardware as the flagship smartphones from the manufacturers, but instead of a custom user interface like Sense or TouchWiz, a stock Android experience graces the devices. This can be a good and a bad thing, as there are many features found within custom user interfaces that are just plain better than stock Android. That said, Google Play Edition devices receive updates faster than other Android devices.
It will be interesting to see how much the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition will actually cost when it officially debuts. It’s possible that the price won’t change at all from the $349 price point found on the existing G Pad 8.3, as there are no subsidies involved with a WiFi-only tablet, unlike the unlocked HTC One and Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition smartphones.
The LG G Pad 8.3 ships with a 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, 5 megapixel camera, 1.3 front-facing camera, micro SD card slot, 4,600 mAh battery and more.
If the LG G Pad 8.3 gets the Google Play Editon treatment, will you grab one?