LG Q8 unveiled: a 5.2" version of the V20

LG quietly launched the Q8, which is by all accounts a mini V20. It doesn’t have a widescreen display like the Q6, but it does have a 5.2” QHD panel with a secondary display to the side of the selfie camera. The back also looks just like the V20, dual camera and all.

The LG Q8 is practically a flagship device. It has a metal body with IP67 waterproofing, Quad DAC, even a Snapdragon 820 chipset. Not quite the 821 inside the G6, but much, much better than the paltry Snapdragon 435 of the Q6.

The phone will give Android 7.0 Nougat decent room with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage (with a microSD slot). And you’re getting a 3,000mAh battery, not bad for a phone this size (note that it is non-removable).

Here’s a bit more on the two main features of the phone. The dual camera will combine a 13MP sensor (1/2.6”, 1.12µm, f/1.8) plus a wide-angle lens (135°/10mm, f/2.4) in front of an 8MP sensor (1/4”, 1.12µm). The main camera features OIS and can shoot 4K 2160p video. There’s a 5MP selfie camera on the front with a wide lens (120°) that can record 1080p video.

Then there’s the screen. It’s a Quantum IPS – the panel type used on flagship LGs – that is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. It promises a hefty 500nits of brightness. The secondary screen has 160 x 1,040px resolution, same as on the V20 (though obviously it is physically smaller).

The LG Q8 will launch this month, so now the big question is “how much?”. This could make a stellar alternative to the G6 for those looking to pay less.