Like Samsung and Huawei, it is becoming extremely hard to differentiate low-end and midrange LG phones.
You’ve probably heard of the LG K8 2017 model. Well, this same phone was launched in the U.S. sometime in January under the name LG Aristo and sells via MetroPCS, which is owned by T-Mobile. In another instance of the phone, U.S. Cellular is bringing you the LG K8 2017 at just $50, which is $10 cheaper than MetroPCS and even better than the $96 charged by T-Mobile.
As you may have noticed, U.S. Cellular is keeping the international name of the phone and even though most of the specs will remain unchanged when compared to the LG Aristo, there’re a few touches here and there as far as the LG K8 2017 is concerned.
Like its T-Mobile counterpart, U.S. Cellular users will still get an LG K8 2017 phone that is HD-capable and supports LTE connectivity. However, the battery seems to be slightly bigger at 2500mAh when compared to the 2410mAh unit that ships with the LG Aristo. On the contrary, the rear camera has been downgraded from 13MP to just 8MP, but the front shooter keeps the 5MP lens used on its counterpart.
One major impressive aspect of the LG K8 2017 other than the affordable pricing is the fact that it comes preinstalled with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. This is huge for a phone that is worth just $50 but do keep in mind that the internals are also weaker. There’s a Snapdragon 425 SoC paired with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
In terms of display, the LG K8 2017 gets a decent 5-inch panel with a 720p resolution. Although the phone keeps the unique rear-facing power button that is synonymous with other LG phones, there’s no fingerprint scanner to accompany it. But looking at the price of the phone, this is not a strange decision at all.
Source: U.S. Cellular