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LG K8 2017


LG K8 2017
LG K8 2017 (K Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) 4 x 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
1536 MB 
5.00 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 8.81 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3,5mm-Audiokombiport, Card Reader: microSD up to 32 GB, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelleration sensor, proximity sensor, USB-OTG, Wi-Fi Direct
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/​900/​1900/​2100), UMTS (850/​900/​2100), LTE (B1/​B3/​B7/​B8/​B20); bandwidth (Download/​Upload): 150Mbps/​50Mbps; SAR value: 0.433 W/Kg (head), 1.220 W/kg (body), LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.1 x 144.8 x 72.1 ( = 0.32 x 5.7 x 2.84 in)
9.6 Wh, 2500 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 20 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 18 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 410 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 490 h
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.2, contrast AF, LED flash, Videos @1080p/​30 FPS
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.4, Videos @1080p
Additional features
Speakers: speaker on the back, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, LG Backup, LG SmartWorld, RemoteCall Service, 24 Months Warranty, FM radio, fanless
142 g ( = 5.01 oz / 0.31 pounds), Power Supply: 48 g ( = 1.69 oz / 0.11 pounds)
159 Euro



Average Score: 72.7% - average
Average of 9 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 88%, performance: 52%, features: 48%, display: 70% mobility: 74%, workmanship: 78%, ergonomy: 77%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the LG K8 2017

79.3% LG K8 (2017) Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Little brother. The 2017 LG K8 is a little more affordable, a little smaller, and less powerful than the LG K10. But is it perhaps the better deal for all those who are just looking for an affordable smartphone? We find out in our test.
Update: A new build version brings general improvements and security updates.
80% LG K8 Review: The Best Looking Budget Android Phone Around
Source: Know Your Mobile English version
I love the way the LG K8 looks. I think it is one of the best looking budget Android phones on the market right now.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

81% LG K8
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/02/2017
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 88% performance: 20% features: 60% display: 60% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
67% Das hättet Ihr nie gedacht!
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 67% performance: 76% features: 47% display: 74% mobility: 78%
Einstiegsklasse-Smartphone mit LTE und guter Kamera
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/21/2017
Sein Feind ist der große Bruder
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/23/2017
61% Ein langer Atem reicht nicht immer aus
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 61%
LGs Mittelklasse-Duo hat Ausdauer
Source: n-tv German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/07/2017
70% Recensione LG K8 2017, fascia bassa con Android Nougat e batteria removibile
Source: Italian IT→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Smartphone LG K8 (2017) - Recensione Caratteristiche Prezzo
Source: Smartphone e tablet android Italian
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/09/2017
Rating: performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
70% [TEST] LG K8 2017 : un bon smartphone entrée de gamme qui aurait pu mieux faire techniquement
Source: Meilleurmobile French FR→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
76% Porządny budżetowiec. Recenzja LG K8 (2017)
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/26/2017
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 75% display: 65% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
Test LG K8 – dobrze leżący w dłoni budżetowiec
Source: Teleguru Turkish PL→EN version
Positive: Nice performance; support dual sim; good connectivity. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/07/2017
70% Test LG K8 (2017)
Source: NO→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%


Model: The LG K8 (2017) may be a basic phone yet considering its low cost factor, it does have plenty to offer. It is now a good looking phone compared to the 2016 K8. It comes in a slim and trim profile which is largely made of plastic which is made to look like metal. It features a crosshatch patterned back which feels great in the hand and provides a comfortable grip. In these times where phablets are the way to go, its small 5.0-inch form factor may not be an appeal to the masses, but there are still quite a few who prefer this size. Nevertheless its compactness renders this smartphone easily pocketable without the obviousness of a bulge. It is also pretty lightweight at 157 g and highly suitable for one-handed operation. The choice of colors available is silver, titan, gold, and dark blue. The performance of this smartphone is driven by the lower-end 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. The K8 generally runs smoothly without noticeable sluggishness. It is ideal for web surfing , social networking and watching videos. However, users may want to consider higher-end smartphones than the K8 for running demanding games or apps.

The available storage is 16 GB is rather limited, but the storage capacity can be easily expanded by up to 32 GB with a microSD card. For optics, the K8 is fitted with a 13 MP rear facing camera with Zero Lag and Autofocus as well as a 5 MP front-facing camera. Images captured are pretty decent and average. Again, these specs are definitely not slated for hard-core shutterbugs. Nonetheless, the gesture interval shot feature integrated on board allows users to take four selfies in sequence simply by raising their hands and making a fist twice. Display-wise, it comes with a HD (1280x720 resolution) display, which is bright and clear. It is also coated with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection against scratches. Another notable feature of the K10 is its 2,800 mAh battery, which is removable (a rarity on smartphones these days). Its battery life is pretty decent taking into account its screen size and resolution. The battery life would most probably beat many flagship devices with larger batteries. It comes pre-installed with Android OS Nougat. Overall, one can hardly find anything wrong with the K8. It offers good mid-range performance, camera quality, and features at a budget price point. It is on par with its rivals such as the Moto G. In many ways, it is rather similar to its sibling the K10. Those preferring the 5.5-inch form factor with a fingerprint sensor can consider the K10 instead.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 308: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 425 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

425: Entry-level SoC that was announced in February 2016. It integrates 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.4 GHz, an LPDDR3 memory controller and wireless radios for WiFi and 4G/LTE.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is tiny. You will probably see very little on the screen and be able to use mini-resolutions.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


LG Electronics Inc. is a subsidiary of LG Group. It is a South Korean company and was founded as Goldstar Co, Ltd, in 1958. The group offers products in the fields of information technology, consumer electronics and mobile communications, and home appliances. LG Electronics is the world's third largest home appliance manufacturer. As a notebook manufacturer, LG only became known to a wider audience in the German-speaking market in 2005. After a few years, LG largely withdrew from the laptop sector. The product range includes OLED, LED/LCD and plasma TVs, home theater systems, Blu-ray players as well as audio and video players. 

72.7%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Current Prices
Stefan Hinum, 2017-03- 7 (Update: 2017-03- 7)