The LG V20 was quietly one of the best phones of 2016, so it’s no surprise to see the Korean company introducing a handset that follows in the V20’s footsteps.
Announced without much fanfare this week, the Q8 is essentially a smaller V20—same specs and all. And, in an effort to address one of the V20’s most glaring issues—the Q8 mercifully comes with IP68 dust and water resistance, as is clear in the marketing photo below.
Other specs include a 5.2-inch QHD panel (the V20 had a 5.7-inch screen), Snapdragon 820 processor, 32-bit quad DAC, and a secondary display, which was the V20’s coup de grâce. The device also features a 3,000mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera, Android 7.0 Nougat, and microSD support.
If I didn’t know any better I’d say the Q8 is a pretty fantastic device. Sure, it doesn’t feature an edge-to-edge display, but it still appears to have a lot to offer. Unfortunately, the only place the Q8 has appeared is on LG’s Italian website, so it’s unclear what the company’s plans are for the device.
With rumors of a V30 on the horizon, however, don’t feel too bad about missing out on the Q8. Once we know how much the handset will cost, and when it will be released, we’ll be sure to let you know.