- Analysis by KJ David
This 2018 edition of LG's mass-tier K8, which was announced during the MWC 2018, is pitched as a refined version of the 2017 model of the same name, although some of its specs indicate otherwise. For instance, it drops from the 2017 version's 13-megapixel main camera resolution to only 8 megapixels this time , which is not something you would expect out of a newer model. Additionally, it retains the older phone's modest 5-megapixel-only selfie camera -- 5-megapixel cams have all but lost their charm, considering that the some of the top selfie phones have broken the 20-megapixel barrier as we were reviewing this model's pros and cons.
Where the K8 2018 does fare well versus its 2017 predecessor is in terms of camera features, since it adds Flash Jump Shot , which snaps a photo every three seconds for up to 20 photos and uses them to create an instant GIF. It also features a noise reduction system for low-light shooting and Time Helper, the latter serving as a timer for wide group shots, which even though far from secures it a spot among the best phones in terms of imaging, are still nice pros to have on a budget-class 5-incher.
Hardware-wise, the K8 2018 will not be joining the best LG smartphones any time soon with its entry-level quad-core Snapdragon 210 1.3GHz processor , which is a con, even by mass-tier standards, but it does give the previous model's mere 1.5GB RAM a nice boost up to 2GB . As for battery life, the K8 2018 brings back the 2017 version's 2500mAh battery capacity that sounds reasonable to us, given its low-end target market.
Although it's hard to get behind its 5-inch 1280 x 720 HD 294ppi display , the K8 2018 comes with an appreciable 2.5D-arched cover glass . This is met by the combination of a metal and glossy pebble design on its back cover , which it shares with most other models in LG's low-range K-series. Its lack of NFC support is a more blatant con, though, knowing that NFC (Near Field Communication), which is largely used for mobile micro-payments, has been a staple smartphone facet for quite some time prior to its MWC 2018 unveiling.
Rounding out the LG K8 2018's pros and cons is a passable 16GB internal memory that can only be expanded by up to 32GB and a coating of either Moroccan Blue, Terra Gold, or Aurora Black.
Our verdict: The K8 2018 does not deviate too much from its prequel model's feature set, but it does have a couple of tricks for practical users who love tinkering with camera options up its sleeves.
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