LG is recently on the news again for the revelation of the 2018 editions of its K8 and K10 smartphones. Initially, scheduled for a launch at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, these new smartphones have been now rolled out globally in major areas like Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Also, this announcement has been made just a few days prior to the MWC 2018. Also, these handsets have been designed as the successors to the K8 (2017) and K10 (2017) that were launched at CES in January last year.
Regarding these phones, LG has confirmed that both these would have 2.5D Arc Glass build and would be available in three new color variants like Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, and Terra Gold. Additionally, there would be preloaded features such as a new Low Light Noise Reduction option and High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. The smartphones also have a new Timer Helper feature that would help users to keep count of the seconds until the timer triggers the shutter using the flash as a visual aid. Similarly, the company has also provided a Flash Jump Shot that captures a photo every three seconds (up to 20 photos) and stitch them together into a GIF for easy sharing. This feature is applicable for use of either the front or the rear camera.
Now, a more detailed view of the specs and features of both the phones:
LG K8 (2018):
This phone has the Android 7.1.2 Nougat running, featuring a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) On-Cell display that has a pixel density of 294ppi. Also, K8 boasts of a 1.3GHz quad-core SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM. For capturing images and recording videos, it also has an 8-megapixel camera sensor on the rear along with an LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera sensor on the front. There are also new camera UX features such as Auto Shot, Gesture Shot, Flash for Selfie, and Quick Share.
Talking of the storage, the LG K8 (2018) has 16GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Further, it has a 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, and Micro-USB on the connectivity front. Besides, it packs a 2500mAh battery and weighs 152 grams.
LG K10 (2018):
This one is also Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based LG K10 (2018), and on the other hand, features a 5.3-inch HD (720×1080 pixels) In-Cell display with 277ppi of pixel density. K10 smartphone has a 1.5GHz octa-core SoC and comes in three variants, namely the LG K10 (2018), the K10+ (2018), and K10 Alpha (2018), offering 3GB and 2GB RAM options. While the K10+ (2018) and K10 (2018) variants have a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor and 8-megapixel or 5-megapixel (wide-angle) front camera sensor options, the K10a (2018) has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor. The front camera sensor of the K10 (2018) family supports a Bokeh effect, especially for selfies. Plus, there has Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) that is touted to be 23 percent faster than a traditional autofocus system.
Talking of storage again, the K10+ (2018) has 32GB of internal storage, while the K10 (2018) and K10a (2018) have 16GB storage. All the three variants have storage expansion supported via microSD card (up to 2TB). LG has provided 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, FM radio, and Micro-USB. There is also a fingerprint sensor that functions as a Quick Shutter and Quick Capture to let users easily capture their photos or screenshots directly using their fingers. Lastly, the smartphone has 3000mAh battery and weighs 162 grams.
Lastly, Ha Jeung-uk, senior vice president and business unit leader for LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, stated that “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”.