- Analysis by KJ David
Part of LG's mass-tier ensemble for CES 2017, the LG K8 2017 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor running at 1.4GHz , which is a pro, considering that plenty of other low-end quad-core smartphones run at lower clock rates (typically around 1.2GHz/1.3GHz). That being said, its engine is clubbed with an old-fashioned con, in the form of a 1.5GB-only RAM -- it honestly could have gone for at least 2GB. We can't blame it for its low RAM, though, knowing how it fares compared to many Unlocked Smartphones Under 200.
Joining its pros and cons is a moderate 5-inch HD (1280 x 720) 294ppi In-Cell display , which lacks the nifty 2.5D Arc Glass finish of its 5.3-inch K10 2017 big brother . Moreover, it supports only up to 32GB of external memory , doing away with the 64GB and 128GB external memory allowances of some comparable budget-tier Androids. Its 16GB eMMC internal memory sounds adequate, though.
As for its remaining specs, this K8 edition features a fingerprint reader , which, though not indicated in its primary spec sheet, can be clearly seen right under its 13-megapixel Full-HD-video-enabled (1080p) primary camera . LG's signature Gesture Shot feature , letting you control the camera shutter hands-free, joins in as well.
Several other features include its not-too-impressive 2500mAh battery capacity and NFC (Near Field Communication) support , the latter very often seen alongside fingerprint recognition. Feel free to check out our list of other NFC Phones. Additionally, it sports a so-so 5-megapixel front-facing secondary camera, while topping off its pros and cons are standard 4G LTE network connectivity, the Android 7.0 Nougat ecosystem, and the widest color range among all LG CES 2017 releases , dark blue and gold being a couple of its options.
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Overall, though it is obviously meant for the mass-tier Android class, the K8 2017's fingerprint scanner and 13MP rear-facing camera should sound like treats to Android newbies.
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