Complete with a secondary display, metal body, and Quad DAC, the LG Q8 is no doubt a V20 mini in disguise. Just look at it:
The phone has a 5.2-inch Quad HD display and a secondary one for notifications and extra screen real estate. The panel is Quantum IPS — same with LG flagships — topped with Gorilla Glass 4. Powering the phone is a former top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 processor (pretty old but still capable) with 4GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage. Unlike with the V20, the Q8’s battery is non-removable but sizeable at 3000mAh.
It has a fingerprint reader on its back (something that the Q6 doesn’t have) and uses a reversible USB-C connector. Powering the phone is Android 7.0 Nougat with LG UX 5.0.
As for its cameras, it has two rear shooters: a 13-megapixel main and another 13-megapixel with a wide-angle lens. The main sensor has optical image stabilization and an aperture of f/1.8. There’s a 5-megapixel wide-angle shooter for group selfies.
The V-series of LG is known for its multimedia prowess, and the Q8 (being its smaller cousin) is no exception. Aside from the Quad DAC, it has Hi-Fi audio recording and full manual video control.
Looking through what the LG Q8 offers, we wonder why it’s not just called the LG V20 mini or an international version of the LG V34 that was exclusively available in Japan. Only LG can answer that.
The phone is slated to formally launch this month, and only then will we know how much this tiny ex-flagship phone will cost.