Capable smartphones that cost in excess of $600 are fast becoming a thing of the past, thanks in great part to companies like LG and Motorola which are cranking out affordable devices that can compete with the Samsungs and the iPhones of the world. This week at CES 2016, LG announced its K Series smartphone which includes a sleek outer shell, an improved camera, and bonus inclusions like a front-facing flash for selfies.
The K10 and K7 smartphones are the latest product offerings in LG’s budget line. The K10, the bigger of the two, will be available with a 5.3-inch HD In-cell Touch display. Buyers will be able to choose between an LTE (1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Quad-Core / 1.14GHz Octa-Core chipset) or 3G (1.3GHz Quad-Core) option. RAM options come in a range of three: 1GB, 1.5GB or 2GB. Internal storage options are 8GB or 16GB. Depending on the selected LTE or 3G option, the K10’s rear-facing camera will be equipped with 13MP (LTE) or 8MP (3G). The front-facing camera is rated up to 8MP.
The K7’s five-inch display will come in one of two options: FWVGA In-cell Touch (LTE) or On-cell Touch (3G). Chipset options will offer either 1.1GHz Quad-Core for LTE, or 1.3GHz Quad-Core for 3G. RAM options start at 1GB and top out at 1.5GB, with internal memory available in 8GB or 16GB. Its rear-facing shooter is rated at 8MP and the front at 5MP.
Both K Series smartphones will operate on Android 5.1 Lollipop and will have Gesture Shot, Gesture Interval Shot, and Tap and Shot enabled on their respective cameras. A front-facing selfie flash is included on all K Series versions.
Aside from internal specs, the LG K Series line is designed with aesthetics in mind, aided by what LG calls a “glossy pebble design.” The back of the smartphones have a woven pattern that presumably helps with better grip. 2.5D Arc Glass on the front gives the smartphones a seamless appearance that’s aided by thin bezels, which are made possible by the repositioning of control buttons on the back of the devices.
Prices and release dates for the K Series smartphones are yet to become a matter of public record, but considering that LG appears to be gunning for the same consumer crowd the Moto G has already won over, we expect pricing to be in the sub-$200 range.