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LG K8 - Inspiring Greatness

LG K8 - Inspiring Greatness
This year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was teeming with exciting smartphones, but instead of spending all our time playing with flagships, we had to see what else is coming to our shores. An interesting device we spotted comes from LG’s K-series, and looks to be a good balance between price and performance.

LG K8


Experimenting with various design elements, LG’s design team was never afraid of venturing into new territory. To us it seems they are always looking for ways to make their smartphones stand out from the crowd and that’s very positive because hardware components are mostly the same. Looks appeal to our emotional side so a well-designed device attracts potential buyers much easier. Some users analyse specs to the tiniest details, however the majority of shoppers don’t have a clear vision of what to buy. We vaguely know what we are interested in, but our opinion can be swayed easily. LG K8 appeals to our emotional side by featuring an interestingly textured back cover and LG’s original button placement on the rear. Controlling volume and performing other functions feels much more natural than finding small buttons on the side. Dimensions come in at 144.6 x 71.5 x 8.7mm with a weight of 157 grams.
 

LG K8


The trend of growing displays is something we enjoyed over the last couple of years. Smartphones from 5 years ago look tiny in comparison to today’s behemoths and in many ways we’ve gotten used to more real-estate. Watching movies or playing games just feels more comfortable. Even browsing the web looks better because websites don’t have to scale as much, so you can actually see a layout. LG K8 comes equipped with a 5-inch IPS LCD screen making 720 x 1280 pixels for a total density of 294ppi. The performance met our expectations by having balanced colours, good contrast, and ample brightness.

LG K8


Looking for a way to maximize performance on a budget, LG turned to Mediatek instead of Qualcomm. Those familiar with tech know that Mediatek’s components offer excellent bang for buck without sacrificing any features. Midrange segment is a cat and mouse game in terms of performance and price, but both companies have terrific products. Mediatek’s MT6735 CPU found in the K8 has four cores running at 1.3 GHz and is helped by Mali-T720 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. On the software side is Android 6.0 Marshmallow with minor modifications. Most manufacturers have realized by now that heavily modifying the OS is only detrimental to performance, brining no additional value to the consumer. Performance on regular tasks such as browsing the web, checking social networks, and even light gaming was up to standards. Memory-wise you can either go for 8 or 16 gigabytes, which can later be expanded via a microSD card.
 

LG K8


There are many ways to relive a memory, but going over old photos seems to be everyone’s favourite. Keeping your memories alive forever is an 8-megapixel sensor on the back and a 5-megapixel sensor on the front. Both sensor produce respectable results, however you have to work hard on finding optimal conditions. Midrange cameras aren’t as sophisticated as their flagship counterparts so stuff like overexposure is a frequent occurrence.

Despite battling for attention with a ton of other devices, LG K8 has enough unique points to be considered a great smartphone. The uniquely textured back cover, Mediatek’s capable CPU, and a 5-inch screen are ingredients guaranteeing a fun time!
 

 


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