LG has introduced two new devices to its K series of smartphones: the K5 and K8. While these devices are not particularly high-end, they are ideal for those who are in the market for an affordable Android smartphone.
Just like the K7 and K10, which were announced back at CES 2016, the K5 and K8 share the same design language. According to LG, the K5 and K8 “will be fantastic choices for anyone who is seeking a smartphone with great looks, at a great price.” It’s good to see that more manufacturers are putting more thought into the design of more affordable smartphones.
Specification-wise, the K8 is understandably the higher-end model. It has a 5.0-inch 720p HD display, a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor paired with up to 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB or 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a modest 2,125mAh battery. There are also an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing shooter along with LTE connectivity.
As for the lower-end K5, it is equipped with a 5.0-inch 854 x 480 FWVGA display, the same MediaTek MT6735 processor as the K8, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (expandable with a microSD card), a 1,900mAh battery, a 5MP main camera, as well as a 2MP front shooter. Oddly enough, the K5 will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, while the higher-end K8 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Only the LG K8 is set to be launched in Asia, while the K5 will be available in selected markets in Europe and Latin America. As usual, pricing information for these devices have not been announced yet, but they should be affordable based on their specifications.