LG tries to seize a budget smartphone market with the Okay collection
During the last yr and a half, producers have began making low cost smartphones which are truly ok to compete with the sometimes costly flagship fashions that often value two or 3 times extra. (Look no additional than the Moto G for an instance of how far a sub-$200 smartphone has come.) LG is throwing its hat into the sport right here at CES 2016 with its new Okay Collection of smartphones — there isn’t any phrase on the precise worth but, however LG says that their design makes the telephones “look far costlier and unique than they are surely.”
These design options embrace a woven, patterned again and “2.5D Arc Glass” on the entrance, which feels like a flowery method of claiming the glass has a clean and seamless edge. Past the design, LG additionally stated it is specializing in bringing the stellar digital camera expertise present in units just like the G4 and V10 to the Okay collection of units — however we doubt these telephones will come near replicating that degree of high quality. The entrance-dealing with digital camera clocks in at eight megapixels whereas the primary shooter across the again is rated at thirteen megapixels. There’s additionally a “gesture” mode for capturing selfies — in the event you increase your hand and shut your fist in entrance of the lens, the digital camera will shoot an image a number of seconds later. For those who make that gesture twice, it’s going to shoot 4 consecutive photographs.
LG is providing the Okay collection in two fashions, every of which has a couple of variations relying on whether or not you get the telephone with LTE or simply 3G connectivity (and what nation you purchase the telephone in). The larger K10 has a 5.three-inch HD display (which might be a 720p panel, however we’ll want to verify that). There are three totally different LTE fashions: 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz, each of which use quad-core processors, and a 1.14GHz octa-core fashions. RAM is available in at 1, 1.5, or 2GB whereas you will get both 8GB or 16GB of inner storage. It seems just like the decrease-finish units additionally drop the entrance-dealing with digital camera from eight megapixels down to five. The 3G K10 solely options an eight-megapixel again digital camera and makes use of a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.
The smaller K7 includes a 5-inch 854×480 show, a decision that is fairly low nowadays for a telephone with an enormous display. The LTE-enabled mannequin has a 1.1GHz quad-core processor, whereas the 3G mannequin has a 1.3GHz quad-core chip. The again digital camera is rated at both 5 or eight megapixels, whereas the entrance-dealing with shooter can also be 5 megapixels. Inner storage is eight or 16GB, and you will get both 1GB or 1.5GB of RAM.
The specs do not precisely blow you away, however the worth of those telephones will actually depend upon how a lot LG costs them at. We’re additionally questioning who made the chips inside these telephones, because it’s relatively arduous to guage how they will carry out with out extra information past simply clock velocity. LG says it’s going to be displaying these new telephones off on the CES present flooring this week, so we’ll see if we will discover out extra particulars later this week.