The new LG Q8 just popped up on the company’s Italian site, detailing a new phone that will seem startlingly like the LG V20. That’s actually what’s likable about it.
The LG V20 was a good phone, but it wasn’t perfect. It had great audio, a dual-lens cameras ready for wide-angle photos, and a removable battery to its credit.
But it was a phablet-sized phone, which makes it a nonstarter for some people, and it fell behind in performance as soon as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset came out.
What the LG Q8 does isn’t much different than the V20. It’s got most of the same blood and guts as the V20, running Android Nougat 7.0 on the same Snapdragon 820.
Both feature a dual-camera system on the rear, a 1440p display the front, and a special marquee screen at the top for shortcuts and extra on-screen buttons.
The LG Q8 does have some differences, though. Among the more notable are its IP67 rating against water and dust, letting it sit at the bottom of a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
It’s also more pocket friendly, with a shorter and narrower frame and a 5.2-inch display. It’s likely to be priced more favorably than the V20 as well.
The LG G6 fetures a FullVision display with curved corners and an unusual resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels (QHD+), a diagonal size of 5.7 inches, and 18:9 aspect ratio. LG’s media player converts any media content on the phone to the 18:9 ratio. Protection is ensured by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
This is the first smartphone in the world to support HDR 10 and DolbyVision, which are some of the highest standards for visual quality in high-end smart TVs currently. “Big screen experience that fits in your hand”. It sits on top of a 7.9 mm thin aluminum alloy body with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the back. It is IP68 certified, i.e. the device is dust-proof and water splashes resistant. Despite the big screen, the body preserves a comfortable to handle size, perfect for one-hand usage. This design philosophy will trickle down to all future LG smartphones.
It has been already largely discussed that won’t be able to get the latest Qualcomm chipset, so indeed, it is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro chipset. The latter packs a 2.35GHz quad-core Kryo CPU and an Adreno 530 GPU coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The model is powered by a 3300 mAh battery with wireless charging support and Quick Charge 3.0. On the rear packs two 13MP cameras – the secondary rear camera having a 120-degree wide-angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture and 2x optical zoom. The first packs an f/2.4 lens. They are aided by a dual LED flash, PDAF and laser autofocus. The front-facing shooter has a 100-degree wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP sensor. The lenses of the two cameras are protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4. For improved audio experience there’s a Hi-Fi Quad DAC amp. The smartphone runs Android 7.1 Nougat with LG’s latest UX 6.0 and supports 4G LTE Cat. 12 networks, Bluetooth 5.0. dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou. It is equipped with a USB Type-C 3.1 port with OTG support as well as an IR blaster. NFC and VoLTE support are on board as well along with a rounded fingerprint sensor placed on the back below the cameras. The device is available in white, black and grey colors. It will be officially launched on March 10 worldwide, except for the the US, where it will arrive in the beginning of April.