Earlier this year, the LG K7 and LG K10 were unveiled. Not too long afterward, the LG K4 was introduced. LG continues to fill out the K series lineup, and this morning the LG K5 and LG K8 were made official by the manufacturer. Previously seen on the company's Hungarian website, the LG K8 features a 5-inch In-cell display with a 720 x 1280 resolution. The phone uses 2.5D Arc Glass, and a woven back cover provides a grip that will keep you from dropping your handset. The MediaTek MT6735 SoC is on board, carrying a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU and the Mali-T720 GPU. Depending on the region, the phone will be equipped with 8GB or 32GB of native storage. A microSD slot is available to those seeking additional memory.
The LG K8 sports a metallic body. In most markets that it will be sold in, that body will have 1.5GB of RAM inside. In Latin America, the phone comes with 1GB of the sweet stuff. An 8MP camera adorns the back of the unit while a 5MP camera can be found on front. The camera comes with features like Gesture Interval Shot and Flash for Selfie. The 2125mAh battery is removable, and Android 6.0 is pre-installed. The K8 offers 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0 and NFC connectivity. Available in Gold, Indigo and White, the device measures 8.7mm thick. Power and volume controls can be found on the back of the K8.
The LG K5 comes with a 5-inch screen carrying a 480 x 854 FWVGA resolution. The MediaTek MT6735 SoC is under the hood with the same CPU and GPU specs found on the K8. 1GB of RAM is inside along with 8GB of expandable native storage. The camera combo from back to front is 5MP/2MP, and a removable 1900mAh battery keeps the lights on. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, Bluetooth 4.1, and USB 2.0. Android 5.1 is pre-installed, and the color options are Gold, Silver and Titan. The phone is 8.9mm thick.
"We are aware of the diverse needs and wants of our customers around the world and our goal is to deliver the best products to meet their expectations. The K8 and K5 will be fantastic choices for anyone who is seeking a smartphone with great looks, great looks, at a great price."-Juno Cho, President and CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
Pricing for both units will be announced later this week when the handsets are introduced in "key markets." The LG K8 will be offered in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, CIS and Latin America. The LG K5 will be sold in Europe, CIS and Latin America. In Mexico, the phone will be known as the LG Q6.
LG introduces two new handsets, the LG K8 and the LG K5
LG says that their smartphone sales and marketshare is shameful compared to its peers. After that, they go on to release this ancient phones in 2016! Their midrange and lower end smartphones are a huge fail, which is the biggest contribution to the "shame". Their flagship phones on the other hand is whole another story. Thing of beauty!
But it's well stated by LG Mobile's president that those K series are for consumers with needs different from flagship.
Samsung too has low-end devices with such specs, yet has a huge Android market share and sales!
Releasing low-end phones isn't what harms an OEM's sales.
Should have made my point clearer. Samsung has the J Series or A Series, Xiaomi has Redmi or Note Series, Sony has their user experience software in midrange phones (spot on most of times), Moto has the E or G. What does LG have? Can you point out any midrange LG smartphone that caught your eye in the past 2 or 3 years?
Just see the specs on this. Even if the specs do convince you, why would one buy the LG K8 over the Moto X Play or Moto G3 or Redmi Note 3? What's the differentiating factor?
These smartphones wouldn't provide the sales number LG expects to. That's what I am talking about. Targeting different demographics is an important part of being an Android OEM, especially with competition being cutthroat.
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