LG’s 2018 edition K8 and K10 announced ahead of MWC

This year’s Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and while rumor has it that LG is going to announce a high-end V30s during the show, the company is unveiling two other new handsets a little early.

Today the Life’s Good crew officially announced two new devices: the 2018 editions of the K8 and K10. LG says these “mass-tier” handsets offer features that are typically found in premium flagships, but points to both of these devices having much lower price tags whenever they do go on sale.

Let’s dig right in with the LG K8. This handset will boast a 5-inch 720p HD display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor under the hood, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. There is a microSD card slot that will hold up to 32GB cards. There is a single 8MP camera on the back, and a 5MP front-facing camera on the other side. The battery measures in at 2500mAh, and the K8 is running Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box. It will be available in three colors: Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, and Terra Gold.

Meanwhile, the LG K10 boasts a 5.3-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, and a 3000mAh battery. It’s running Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box and it will have a fingerprint scanner on the back. There are three different variants of the K10, with some specific feature changes in each.

The standard K10 will have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 2TB. The K10+ has 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, with a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 2TB. And the K10α offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, and also supports cards up to 2TB in the microSD card slot.

Here is how the camera situation breaks down:

K10+ : Rear 13MP / Front 8MP or 5MP (Wide)
K10: Rear 13MP / Front 8MP or 5MP (Wide)
K10α : Rear 8MP / Front 5MP

The official press release notes that the 13MP rear camera in the K10 (and K10+) is the same 13MP camera that’s available in the LG G6, so the results should certainly be worthwhile for future owners.

Depending on the variant, you’ll get different color options, too: K10 comes in Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, and Terra Gold. The K10+ will be offered in Moroccan Blue and Terra Gold, while the K10α will be available in Aurora Black and Terra Gold.

No word on a release date or price point for either handset just yet.

What do you think of the 2018 edition K8 and K10?

LG to unveil new versions of K8 and K10 at MWC 2018

  • LG will unveil new versions of the K8 and K10 at MWC 2018.
  • The new models will come equipped with updated cameras and slightly better specs.
  • Both devices will run Android Nougat.

When the Mobile World Congress 2018 comes around on Feb. 26, much of the focus on LG will likely be on the expected announcement of the V30s, the new version of the V30. However, should it be unveiled, it won’t be the only update from LG as the Korean company will also announce new versions of the K8 and K10.

The phones will be the latest addition to the budget-friendly K series. They will be available in three different colors (black, blue, and gold) and have a similar glossy design to the existing phones.

The original K8 and K10 were released last year. Neither was particularly noteworthy although they did deliver solid specs at a good price point. For the upgrades, much of the focus has gone into the cameras found on each device.

There will actually be three different versions of the K10, the K10+, K10, and K10α. The K10+ and K10 will come equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera that uses the same technology found in the LG G6, as well as an 8-megapixel front camera with “bokeh effect” (portrait mode) selfies.

In terms of specs, all three versions of the K10 will have a 1.5 GHz Octa-core processor. The K10+ will then have 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM while the K10 and K10α will have 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM.

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The camera on the K8 has also been upgraded to produce better and clearer images in low light. It will also come with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM and a 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor.

All the phones will run Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which is slightly disappointing given that Android Oreo has been available since last August.

While the phones’ specs are fairly average, the aim of the K series is to provide solid features at an affordable price. To that end, these updated versions look fairly promising.

Best LG Q6 cases you can buy right now

In the market for a case for your LG Q6, Q6 Plus, or Q6a? If so, this is the post for you. You’ll find the best ones available below, which will protect your smartphone from bumps and bruises.

The LG Q6 cases on this list come in various styles and range from around $8 to $20, so there should be something in here for everyone.

Wellci LG Q6 case

LG Q6 cases - Wellci

Wellci’s case for the LG Q6 series is made from a shock-absorbing TPU and sports a carbon fiber pattern for an eye-catching look. It’s resistant to fingerprints as well as scratches and offers a great grip that will make sure the device won’t slip out of your hand.

The LG Q6 case has a built-in spider web texture for heat dissipation and won’t add a lot of bulk to your smartphone. You can get it for $7.81 in four colors: navy, black, gray, and red.

NageBee case for the LG Q6

LG Q6 cases - NageBee

If you’re looking for an LG Q6 case that stands out, this is the one to get. It has a gorgeous design that won’t go unnoticed. The case is made from TPU that’s tough as well as flexible, making it easy to put it on and take it off a smartphone.

It has a thin design but will nevertheless will reduce the chance of possible damage done to your smartphone if you drop it on a hard surface. The case is very affordable given its unique design: you can get it for just $8 on Amazon.

Urban Armor Gear case for the LG Q6

LG Q6 cases - Urban Armor Gear

This is a rugged case that will keep your smartphone safe from harm. It meets military drop-test standards (MIL-STD-810G 516.6), so it’s designed for impact. That also means it adds a bit more bulk to your device than most of the other cases on this list, but that’s the price you have to pay for the extra protection.

It’s the most expensive of the LG Q6 cases we’ve listed, but it still won’t break the bank. You can get it from Amazon for $20 via the button below.

Ferlinso case for the LG Q6

LG Q6 cases - Ferlinso

This is a wallet case, which means it protects the back as well as the front of your smartphone. It’s made from leather and has a very elegant design that will appeal to many.

The LG Q6 case has a few compartments inside for storing credit cards as well as cash. It also doubles as a kickstand, which comes in handy for watching videos and a few other tasks. You can get it in black or red for $11 on Amazon. The great thing about Ferlinso’s option compared to some other LG Q6 cases is that it also comes with a free screen protector for your smartphone. Nice!

Rebex case for the LG Q6

LG Q6 cases - Rebex

This LG Q6 case is gorgeous. I mean, just look at it. It’s made from TPU and has a leather-like pattern on the back that’s resistant to fingerprints and scratches. It also sports a raised lip to keep the display elevated on flat surfaces.

The case has a thin design and is backed by a 90-day warranty for peace of mind. You can get it for $8 on Amazon in either black or navy blue via the button below.

Ferlinso Air Hybrid case for the LG Q6

LG Q6 cases - Ferlinso Air Hybrid

This is a transparent LG Q6 case that will show off your smartphone’s original design. But it’s also available with a transparent back and black edges for a more eye-catching look. Both versions will set you back $8.

The minimalistic case has raised edges to keep the screen and camera elevated on flat surfaces. It’s made from a combination of anti-scratch polycarbonate, shock absorbent TPU, and flexible TPE for reinforced toughness. It’s affordable, especially when considering that it comes with a free screen protector for your smartphone, making it one of the best LG Q6 cases when it comes to value. 

Starhemei case for the LG Q6

LG Q6 cases - Starhemei

Starhemei’s rugged-looking LG Q6 case offers great protection for your device, as it’s made from a plastic hard shell and a shock-absorbing TPU inner layer. It has a very interesting design that some love while others hate.

The case also doubles as a kickstand, allowing you to comfortably watch videos and browse through images, among other things. It comes in four colors and can be yours for $8 — get it via the button below.

Feitenn case for the LG Q6

LG Q6 cases - Feitenn

Feitenn’s wallet case doesn’t offer a lot of protection due to its thin design. But it is a stunner. It has a slot for a credit card inside and can also be used as a kickstand for a more enjoyable experience when watching those funny cat videos on YouTube.

The case has a magnetic closure to keep the front part in place and comes in two stylish colors: black and gray. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg, as you can get it for just $9.12 on Amazon.

There you have it — these are the best LG Q6 cases you can buy, at least in our opinion. We’re sure there are a lot of other great options available, so do let us know in the comments if we’ve missed any major ones.

Are you more excited for the Galaxy S9, LG G6 successor, or Huawei P20? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 5,000 total votes, 75.6% of our readers prefer no notches on their smartphones, while only 8.4% prefer the notch. 16.1% of voters said they don’t have a preference.

We’re just a few days away from the first major smartphone launch of the year.

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Samsung will announce the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus at MWC on February 25, though at this point not much is left to the imagination. A full list of specs, images, and even some camera features have leaked out. As exciting as these phones may be, the S9 won’t be without competition in the first half of 2018.

The successor to the LG G6, the phone LG is calling ‘Judy‘, is expected to arrive sometime in June. LG is taking its time with this new phone, even delaying its launch by a few months in order to get all the details right. We have seen a list of rumored specs, though the device’s design has yet to break its cover. Still, we’re anxiously waiting to see what the company has in store with the G6’s successor.

Another pair of phones launching in Q1 2018 are the Huawei P20 and P20 Plus, Huawei’s iPhone X clones. According to leaked renders, the P20 line will sport three rear-facing cameras in a vertical array on the left side of the device, which looks similar to the iPhone X’s setup. The Huawei phones will also sport a notch, which will house what looks to be dual front-facing cameras. Both devices are expected to run on the Kirin 970 chipset, sport 19:9 aspect ratio displays, and dual speakers.

Which of these phones are you most excited for? Cast your vote in the poll below, and speak up in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to add.

LG’s 2018 Flagship will launch in June with a 6.1″ 18:9 MLCD+ Display

Earlier this year, after LG’s smartphone division posted its 11th consecutive quarter of declining revenue, the company announced it would reevaluate its mobile strategy. Going forward, LG chairman Jo Senong-jin said, it would only release new phones when it felt it should, rather than adhere to a release schedule. But that doesn’t mean the company plans to leave the mobile market entirely, and according to a report in VentureBeat, the next release from LG is right around the corner. Meet “Judy”, LG’s upcoming flagship phone.

The South Korean company’s next high-end smartphone, which will feature “military standard” durability and a “brand new design” that’s IP68 water- and dust-resistant, isn’t much like its predecessors. It has a 6.1-inch, 18:9 FullVision display that’s complaint with HDR10, according to VentureBeat, and it’s slightly larger than the LG G6. The screen is said to be a relatively new technology called MLCD+, which contains an RGBW matrix with a white sub-pixel. It’s capable of a higher brightness (up to 800 nits) while reportedly consuming up to 35% less power than standard IPS LCD displays.

The flagship device’s other specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip coupled with 64GB of onboard storage and 4GB RAM. It also has stereo speakers, which VentureBeat describes as “boombox” speakers; wireless charging; and a digital assistant of some kind, likely integrated with LG’s recently announced Vision AI and Voice AI. Finally, it’ll have a dual camera module with two 16MP, f/1.6 aperture sensors.

If the rumors pan out, it sounds like “Judy” will be a fitting upgrade from LG’s previous devices. It’s unclear how it’ll slot alongside the LG V30s, an “enhanced” version of the LG V30 that’s expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (according to VentureBeat, it won’t be a part of LG’s troubled G series lineup). But it won’t be long before we find out more — “Judy” will launch in June.

Source: VentureBeat