LG K5 and K8

LG Outs K8 And K5 Smartphones For The Mid-Range

March 14, 2016 - Written By Justin Diaz

LG has already launched a few handsets as part of the K series device lineup which they initially announced earlier this year, including the K4, the K7, and the K10 smartphones. Today LG has announced two new devices that are joining the lineup as part of mid-range device set known as the K5 and the K8. Both devices hit the mid-tier and offer up compelling and familiar features already seen on other LG handsets, like the rear placement of the volume buttons and the power button just underneath the rear-facing camera on the LG K8 LTE.

Both devices feature a 5-inch display, although the LG K5 comes with the lower resolution of the two phones, sporting an FWVGA resolution while the LG K8 LTE comes with an HD display. Both phones come powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor on the inside, but that’s about where the similarities end as far as hardware specifications go, as the LG K5 comes with 1GB of RAM while the LG K8 LTE bumps the RAM up to 1.5GB. The LG K8 LTE comes with an 8MP rear camera on the back while up front it carries a 5MP camera sensor, and on the LG K5 the cameras are 5MP on the back and 2MP on the front.

Users will find a smaller battery inside of the K5, set at 1900mAh, while the battery inside of the LG K8 is a 2125mAh battery for just a little bit more life on a single charge. Both batteries are removable so either device will have the capability to swap out batteries should consumers have one extra and the one inside the device goes dead. Both devices support WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and USB 2.0, and both have Bluetooth although the K5 comes with Bluetooth 4.1 while LG has packed Bluetooth 4.2 inside of the K8. The K8 also comes with NFC support. As for the OS, both obviously run on Android, but the LG K8 will come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box while the LG K5 will instead come running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The K8 will be available in Gold, Indigo, and White, while the LG K5 will come in Gold, Silver, and Titan. LG doesn’t give exact dates for the launches of these phones, but they do state that both will be introduced into key markets at some point this week, and they do list the regions for each device, with the LG K5 heading to Asia, Latin America, CIS, Africa, and the Middle East, while the LG K5 will be aimed at Europe, CIS, and Latin America. LG has not yet mentioned any details on cost as each market will likely announce their own pricing.