Consumer Electronic Sow 2016 hasn’t officially begun yet, but as it always happens, many manufacturers unveil their products in the days preceding the event. And it’s a good thing that they do it, because in the heat of presentations and press conferences some devices might not get all the attention they deserve. One of the manufacturers which didn’t wait until the official opening is LG. The Korean company just announced the LG K7 and LG K10 smartphones, and the good news is that one of them will be coming to the US market via Boost Mobile.
LG K7 will debut in US as LG Tribute 5 for Boost Mobile
LG K7 / Tribute 5
The phone which will be sold by Sprint’s Boost Mobile prepaid service is the LG K7. Curiously though, the handset will arrive under the name LG Tribute 5. Different name aside, the US model will be identical to the global variant. It means that you can expect, first of all, a 5-inch display with LG’s new 2.5D Arc Glass and somewhat low FWVGA resolution. The phone will be available in LTE or 3G-only variant, with the latter powered by a 1.1GHz chip and the former equipped with a 1.3GHz processor.
The LG’s K7 / Tribute 5 also offers a few RAM, storage and camera configurations. One model sports 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, while the other comes with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. As for the camera, you can expect either an 8-megapixel or 5-megapixel main shooter both with Gesture Shot, Tap and Shot, Gesture Interval Shot feature. However, at the moment it’s unclear which version will hit Boost Mobile.
Other features are identical across all models and include 2,125 mAh battery, 5-megapixel selfie camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop, curved edges, woven pattern polycarbonate back panel and rear mounted power and volume buttons.
The LG K10 is slightly more high-end than the K7 but it still sit smack in the middle of mid tier. The phone has the same 2.5D “borrowed from nature” pebble design as the K7 but with a 5.3-inch HD display, it’s noticeably bigger. It will also be released in several variants differing in connectivity, RAM, storage and camera. All models, however, will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and a decent 2,300 mAh battery providing power.
Users will be able to pick between 3G and LTE connectivity with the former offered with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and the latter powered either by an octa-core 1.14GHz chip or a quad-core unit clocked at 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz. The K10 LTE comes with a 13-megapixel main camera and the 3G variant has an 8-megapixel snapper on the back, while the front-facing sensor is either of 8-megapixel or 5-megapixel kind in both models. Regardless of the variant, the rear camera also offers LG’s Gesture Shot, Tap and Shot, Gesture Interval Shot feature. As far as RAM and storage are concerned, LG will give you a choice between 1GB, 1.5GB and 2GB of RAM and 8GB or 16GB of memory.
The manufacturer hasn’t revealed when exactly the phones will go on sale but we can expect them to hit the market some time in the first quarter of this year. Pricing is also unknown for now, but judging by the specs, even the most high-end configuration shouldn’t be very expensive. After all, LG is aiming at “mass-tier” market.