LG Electronics has just unveiled the 2018 Edition of its K8 and K10 mass-tier budget smartphones ahead of their launch at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. According to LG, both smartphones will be made available globally in key markets such as Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Marking the unveiling, Ha Jeung-uk, senior vice president and business unit leader for LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company said,
“LG’s 2018 K Series range of smartphones is focused on delivering even more value to consumers looking for the right device that fits their lifestyle and needs. We’re confident we can capture the hearts and minds of consumers in the fast-moving market with our smartphone camera technology and other convenient features.”
LG K8 and K10 Specifications
While the real performance of the device can only be revealed after the device is released and we have tested it thoroughly, on paper both the phones look really capable devices for their prices. My only gripe with the specifications is that both the phones are running on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. I think that it’s time that all the phones that are released come preloaded with Android Oreo. Anyway, here are the full specifications for LG K10 and K8.
|Name||LG K10||LG K8|
|Dimensions||148.7 x 75.3 x 8.68mm||146.3 x 73.2 x 8.2mm|
|Display||5.3-inch HD In-cell Touch|
(1280 x 720 / 277ppi)
|5.0-inch HD On-cell Touch
(1280 x 720 / 294ppi)
|Processor||1.5 GHz Octa-Core||1.3 GHz Quad-Core|
|8MP or 5MP Wide (K10/K10+)|
|Android 7.1.2 Nougat||Android 7.1.2 Nougat|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi (802.11 b, g, n) / Bluetooth 4.2|
/ USB 2.0 Type B / NFC
| Wi-Fi (802.11 b, g, n) / Bluetooth 4.2
/ USB 2.0 Type B
Note: Specifications or features such as front camera may vary depending on the market.
Design and Build Quality
According to LG, both the smartphones feature a metallic design with a metal U-frame which looks really sleek. While they look similar to their predecessors, the new finish does make them look really premium.
Both the K10 and K8 bring improvements in camera technology. According to the press release the K10 is equipped with the advanced 13MP rear camera technology found in the flagship LG G6 and a high resolution 8MP front camera that supports Bokeh when shooting selfies. It also comes with phase detection autofocus technology which is 23% faster than the normal autofocus technology which is generally seen in the devices of its price range. The K8 comes with improvements in low-light photography and brings features such as Auto Shot, Gesture Shot, and Selfie Flash among others. Both the phones also feature low light noise reduction and HDR mode which results in brighter and clearer images.
Pricing and Availability
While LG has released all the specifications and design elements for both the phones, the company is still keeping the pricing and availability a secret. That said, we are hoping that both the phones will be released at the same price of their predecessors. If that remains the case, the K10 and K8 will be launched at around Rs. 13,000 and Rs. 11,000 respectively.