LG unveils LG K10, K8, K4 and K3 affordable Android Nougat phones along with the LG Stylus 3 phablet
Remember when few days ago we shared the news on LG’s plans to release five new phones during the first week of 2017? Today as the CES 2017 kicked off the company officially unveiled the phones. The upcoming devices are updates to the well-known affordable K line and the pen-enhanced Stylus phablet series. All of them come with improved optics, more powerful batteries and some even run Android Nougat out of box.
LG introduced four new members of the affordable K line and the pen-enhanced LG Stylus 3 phablet. Being an update to last year’s models, all the phones come with improved optics, better batteries and Android Nougat out of the box.
LG announced expanding its budget-friendly lineup by five more phones at the end of 2016. Keeping the given word, the South-Korean manufacturer takes the stage of the Las Vegas show and unveils the Stylus 3, K10, K8, K4 and K3. All devices are solid mid rangers, but the Stylus 3 is surely the one that stands out of the crowd.
Claimed to be the most powerful of the LG’s mid-range phones, the phablet runs on an octa-core processor clocked 1.5GHz coupled with 3GB RAM and a big and removable 3,200 battery. Housing a massive 5.7-inch stylus-enhanced screen panel the phone seems to be a great tool of work and mobile entertainment. In addition, its thin fiber-tip stylus the phablet allows for taking note with the precision of a regular pen. Except for nice viewing experience, the handset offers sharp photos delivered by a combination of a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing selfie snapper.
Moving on to the K line, the 5.3-inch K10 is the most generously specced of the four. Its 1,280 x 720p screen panel is covered with a 2.5D glass, while the phone’s metal back case houses a fingerprint scanner. This is surely a feature that distinguishes the K10 from other affordable phones. Furthermore, driven by a MediaTek MT6570 octa-core processor paired with 2GB RAM the handset runs Android Nougat out of box. As for optics, the phone provides its users with a 13MP primary shooter known from the high-end G line and a 120-degree selfie-oriented 5MP camera on the front. Kept alive by a 2,800 mAh battery the device supports microSD expansion and is available in three color options: titan, black and gold.
A bit smaller than the K10, the K8 has a 5-inch screen panel but still sports the same pixel resolution. Powered by a weaker 1.4GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 1.5GB RAM the phone runs Android Nougat and offers 16GB of built-in storage and a 2,500 mAh battery. Just as the K10, the K8 packs a combination of 13MP and 5MP rear and front cameras and comes accessible in silver, dark blue, titan and gold variants.
K4 and K3
The K4 and K3 are closer to entry-level than mid-range devices. The K3 is the smallest of the freshly unveiled phones as it comes equipped with a really compact 4.5-inch display with 854 x 480 p resolution. In the camera department, the phone offers a 5MP rear snapper accompanied by a 2MP front-facing one. Feed by juice produced by a 2,100 mAh unit the phone works on a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek processor paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB of thankfully expandable storage.
As for the K4, just as the K8 the phone offers a 5-inch screen but its resolution is identical to the one found in the K3. However, note that the K3 due to its smaller size-factor should deliver sharper viewing experience even though both phones have the same resolution. Optics are represented by a duet of 5MP sensors. Meanwhile the whole thing is driven by the same 1.1GHz MediaTek processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage supporting microSD expansion. Other than that both phones feature 4G LTE and run Android Marshmallow.
Naturally, don’t expect the unveiled today smartphones to be a substitute to the modular LG G5 or the V20. But they still offer surprisingly good parameters for reasonable money. Although LG hasn’t revealed the phone’s exact pricing yet, we can assume that the most expensive of the K series, the K10, will cost something round 180 bucks. When it comes to market premiere date, the K line is scheduled to hit stores in spring 2017. So far none of the US carriers confirmed adding any of the phones to its list of offerings.