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LG’s 2018 budget phones have better specs but 2016’s displays

LG’s 2018 budget phones have better specs but 2016’s displays


720p doesn’t cut it anymore

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LG has announced the 2018 updates for its K Series of budget smartphones, with new versions of the K10 and K8 that focus on improved cameras and specs at the cost of some extremely mediocre 720p displays.

The K10 — which comes in three versions: the top K10+, middle-of-the-road K10, and the low-end K10α — all feature a 5.3-inch 720p display, run Android Nougat, and have a rear fingerprint sensor and an unspecified 1.5 GHz octa-core processor.

Better cameras, but the same low-res screens

The K10+ comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of memory, with a 13-megapixel rear camera technology trickled down from the flagship LG G6, and a front-facing 8-megapixel shooter. The K10 and K10α both feature 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. The K10 shares the same camera setup as the K10+, while the K10α drops that down to a rear 8-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter.

The K8 is even further down the spec ladder, with a 5-inch display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of memory. Cameras are an 8-megapixel rear lens and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

No prices or release dates for any of the phones have been announced, but LG will be showcasing them at Mobile World Congress, so we’ll likely get more information next week.