LG is bolstering its budget K-series with two new devices – the K5 and K8. Both have 5″ screens. “The K8 and K5 will be fantastic choices for anyone who is seeking a smartphone with great looks, great looks, at a great price,” says Juno Cho, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile.
The two phones will launch this week. The LG K8 (which was announced in February) will be available in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, CIS and Latin America. The LG K5 will arrive in fewer regions – Europe, CIS and Latin America (in Mexico it will be known as the Q6).
The LG K5 has a “metallic look” (think LG G4, plastic with a brushed metal finish) and will come in Gold, Silver and Titan. It has a 5″ screen with 480 x 854px resolution.
The phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB and 8GB of built-in storage (with a microSD slot, of course). On the connectivity side, you get 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1.
The main camera on the LG K5 is a 5MP shooter and there’s a 2MP selfie cam, which recognizes gestures, so you don’t have to aim for the shutter key as you pose for your photo.
The LG K8 is a higher end model with a 5″ 720p screen and an 8MP/5MP camera setup. The screen is covered with a 2.5D Arc Glass while the back features a G-series design with volume and power buttons and a woven texture.
The LG K8 also comes with a newer Android, but the same 1.3GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM (Europe and North America) or 1GB RAM (South America).
Connectivity sports LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.2.