Not even a week post the launch of their new Q6 range of handsets, LG has announced a new model in the line-up, the LG Q8. Officially spotted on the Korean electronic giant’s Italian page the device bearing the model number LG H970 will be available later this month for €599 (Rs 44,900) for the unlocked version. Currently, it is not known if LG will launch this handset outside the European market.
If the LG Q6 range is a reimagined G6 at a more affordable price point, the Q8 tries to emulate the same with the LG V20 as its inspiration. The Q8 brings a more compact package to the table though, this can be inferred from the smaller 5.2-inch QHD (1440 x2560) IPS panel based display. Although sporting this slightly smaller frame, the Q8 manages to feature a secondary display for pulling up notifications without powering on the main display.
For the internals, the LG Q8 features Qualcomm’s yesteryear flagship, the Snapdragon 820 coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which can be expanded via a microSD card. On the optics front, LG has provisioned the Q8 with a dual camera at the back featuring a 13-megapixel and an 8-megapixel sensor for wide-angle photos and 4K video recording capabilities alongside a dual-LED CCT flash. The front facing selfie camera is a 5-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens. Powering all this hardware is a non-removable 3000mAh battery. On the OS front, the Q8 is running on Android v.7.1.2, Nougat.
The LG Q8 has an all-metal chassis, very much similar to the Q6 but with the added advantage of being IP68 water and dust ingress protection certification. The smartphone comes with a Hi-Fi DAC (digital to analogue converter) for better audio performance. At the bottom of the handset, you get a USB Type-C connector and a 3.5mm audio jack. The volume rockers are on the right of the device while the left houses the SIM tray and the fingerprint scanner is at the back of the device below the camera module.
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