LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition models announced alongside white Nexus 7Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Well, that didn't take long. Just hours after the LG-V510 was identified as the Google Play edition LG G Pad 8.3, the Life's Good crew has officially announced its new tablet. LG just confirmed that the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition will be available for purchase from the U.S. Google Play Store starting today, Dec. 10, at a price of $349.
The Google Play edition of the G Pad 8.3 features most of the same specs as the original model that launched earlier this year, including an 8.3-inch 1900x1200 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 5-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras and 16GB storage. The big difference is in the software: While the OG G Pad 8.3 shipped with a skinned version of Android 4.2.2, the Google Play edition will come preloaded with a vanilla build of Android 4.4.
LG isn't the only manufacturer joining in on the Google Play edition fun today, as Sony has added a GPe-ified version of its Xperia Z Ultra to the Google Play Store shelves. Available for purchase right now at a price of $649.99, the Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition packs the same 6.4-inch 1920x1080 screen as the Z Ultra that launched earlier this year, giving phablet lovers a Google Play edition device to drool over.
Buried underneath the Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition's ginormous display is 16GB storage, a microSD card slot, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a 3000mAh battery that's powering the whole package. Sony has included an 8-megapixel camera rests on this phablet's rear, while a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter is located around front. When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition supports 3G at 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz and 4G LTE at 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz, meaning that it should play nicely with AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. Oh, and there's a stock build of Android 4.4 KitKat onboard as well.
Rounding out this wave of new hardware is not another Google Play edition product, but a straight-up Nexus. Google has added a white version of the Nexus 7 tablet to the Devices section of the Play Store, giving owners of its two-tone Nexus 5 a matching panda-fied tablet. The white Nexus 7 is a Wi-Fi model that's only available with 32GB of storage, but the good news is that Google decided not to charge a premium for the N7's new duds, meaning that white Nexus 7 features the same $269.99 price tag as the black version.
Google today also announced a new promotion that includes two of its Play Store products. Anyone that buys a Nexus 7 tablet and Chromecast together will receive a $35 Google Play credit and free shipping, which sounds like a pretty nice way to start building your content library and breaking in that new Chromecast. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition, Sony Xperia Z Google Play edition and white Nexus 7 can all be found in the Google Play store by clicking on their respective links down below. Happy shopping!