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CES 2017: Midrange LG smartphones teased

By Bryan Chan & Liu Hongzuo - on 23 Dec 2016, 9:07am

CES 2017: Midrange LG smartphones teased

(From L-R): The upcoming K Series smartphones by LG will be on display at CES 2017. This includes the K10 (rear, front), K8, K4 and K3.

With CES 2017 sneaking up on us, LG decides to tease the masses with their upcoming mid-range mobile devices that will be appearing at the tech trade show. The Korean electronics brand will bring four new K Series midrange handsets and one stylus-based phone.

 

LG K10.

The LG K10 (2017) is a 5.3-inch smartphone with an HD (1,280 x 720 pixels resolution) In-cell Touch display. The key features are its 5MP front camera with a 120-degree field-of-view, and a 13MP rear camera 'employed in LG flagship G series devices', according to their press release. Other premium-tier features on the LG K10 include a fingerprint scanner, a 2.5D Arc Glass design, and a metallic U-frame for its 7.9mm-thin body. This K10 is different from the LG K10 released in 2016 – the preceding version had an 8-megapixel rear camera and a smaller 2,300mAh battery capacity, among other differences.

LG K10 (2017) key specifications:

  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6750 1.5 GHz Octa-Core 
  • Display: 5.3-inch HD In-cell Touch (1,280 x 720 / 277ppi)
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM / 32GB eMMC ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP (Wide) / Rear 13MP (Standard)
  • Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.7 x 75.3 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 142g
  • Network:  LTE / 3G / 2G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) / Bluetooth 4.2 / USB 2.0 / NFC
  • Color: Black / Titan / Gold
  • Other: Fingerprint Scanner

The LG K8 is a 5-inch smartphone with an HD (1,280 x 720 pixels resolution) In-cell Touch display. It also packs photography-friendly features for its 5MP front and 13MP rear camera. For example, there’s Auto Shot which takes selfies when the front camera detects a face, and Gesture Shot takes a selfie in response to hand signals from the user.

LG K8 key specifications:

  • Chipset: MSM8917 1.4 Quad-Core (Snapdragon 425)
  • Display: 5.0-inch HD In-cell Touch (1,280 x 720 / 294ppi)
  • Memory: 1.5GB LPDDR3 RAM / 16GB eMMC ROM / microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP / Rear 13MP  
  • Battery: 2,500mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 144.8 x 72.1 x 8.09 mm
  • Weight: 142g
  • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) / Bluetooth 4.2 / USB 2.0 / NFC
  • Color: Silver / Titan / Gold / Dark Blue

LG K4 is quite similar to the LG K8, with its 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels resolution) In-cell Touch display, along with Auto Shot and Gesture Shot built into the device. However, it has a slimmer 7.9mm body and both front and rear cameras are rated at 5MP resolution. It also ships with Android 6.0 OS (Marshmallow) out of the box, while the K8 ships with Android 7.0 OS (Nougat).

LG K4 key specifications:

  • Chipset: MSM8909 1.1GHz Quad-Core (Snapdragon 210)
  • Display: 5.0-inch FWVGA In-cell Touch (854 x 480 / 196ppi)
  • Memory: 1GB LPDDR3 RAM / 8GB eMMC ROM / microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP / Rear 5MP 
  • Battery: 2,500mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Size: 144.76 x 72.6 x 7.94 mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) / Bluetooth 4.1 / USB 2.0 
  • Color: Black / Titan

The last of the K Series smartphones by LG is also their smallest out of the four. LG K3 has a 4.5-inch On-cell Touch display (854 x 480 pixels resolution). It packs a 2MP front camera with Gesture Shot, and a 5MP rear camera. On it, you’ll also find a microSD slot (up to 32GB) alongside its 8GB internal storage, and a removable 2,100mAh battery.

LG K3 Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: MSM8909 1.1GHz Quad-Core (Snapdragon 210)
  • Display: 4.5-inch FWVGA On-cell Touch (854 x 480 / 218ppi)
  • Memory: 1GB LPDDR3 RAM / 8GB eMMC ROM / microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Camera: Front 2MP / Rear 5MP 
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Size: 133.9 x 69.75 x 9.44 mm 
  • Weight: 132g
  • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G 
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/ n) / Bluetooth 4.1 / USB 2.0 
  • Color: Black

 

LG Stylus 3.

Besides the K series announcements, there’s also the LG Stylus 3, the third generation, mid-range stylus-based smartphone. This 2017 release will feature a fiber-tip stylus with 1.8mm diameter, in a bid to recreate the feeling a user gets from an actual pen. The phone will also have a fingerprint scanner, an interface that promotes its Pen Pop 2.0 software, on top of its Pen Keeper and Screen-off Memo features that were found in older LG Stylus phones.

LG Stylus 3 Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6750 Octa-Core 
  • Display: 5.7-inch HD In-cell Touch (1280 x 720 / 258ppi)
  • Memory: 3GB LPDDR3 RAM / 16GB eMMC ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 8MP / Rear 13MP 
  • Battery: 3,200mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat 
  • Size: 155.6 x 79.8 x 7.4 mm
  • Weight: 149g
  • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) / Bluetooth 4.2 / USB 2.0 
  • Color: Metallic Titan / Pink Gold 
  • Other: Stylus Pen / FM Radio / Fingerprint Scanner

Availability and pricing for these new LG phones are not officially released yet, but the phones will be showcased at LG’s CES 2017 booth (Las Vegas Convention Center,  Booth  #11100, Central Hall).