A mid-range V20 for budget-strapped audiophiles, vloggers

by Haadi Bakar
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LG’s media-focused V20 was among the best phones from last year, a strong contender against other Android flagships like the Google Pixel, One Plus 3, Sony Xperia XZ and even LG’s own G5.

There’s a lot to love about the V20: Quad-HD display, useful secondary screen, dual camera with wide-angle lens, impressive video stabilisation, swappable battery and storage, and it even had a DAC that plays high bit-rate music files and does superb live audio recording.

In fact, the V20 was best known as the smartphone for the audiophiles and pocket filmmakers.

As we’re approaching a full year since the V20’s release, naturally we would be expecting a V30 from LG very soon. But the South Korean tech giant is also releasing a mid-range version of the V20 ahead of the V30 announcement that’s scheduled in August.

The LG Q8 is essentially the V20 shrunken down. The display is 5.2 inches, down from 5.7 inches used on its older brother.

But the Q8 still packs the same ‘flagship’ features as the V20, including the secondary ticker-style screen, dual cameras Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and the ESS Quad DAC.

As a mid-range phone, the Q8 should be a more affordable option for those who want to spend less money for the incredible V20.

And although the Q8’s screen is smaller than the V20’s, it still retains the same Quad HD 2,560×1,440 resolution.

Oh, and the Q8 is IP67 water-resistant now. Sadly though, that doesn’t make room for a swappable battery. Phone makers are probably still figuring out how to make a waterproof phone with swappable batteries.

It’ll probably irk V20 fans who previously praised LG for bringing back replaceable batteries into the fold.

The battery is smaller too, at 3,000 mAh. The V20’s battery was rated at 3,200 mAh, but that was required to power the V20’s larger display (bigger screen = power drain).

Of course, being a mid-range phone, the Q8 should be a more affordable option for those who want to spend less money for the incredible V20.

LG also has another solid mid-ranger this year, the LGQ6, which is a downsized version of the company’s main flagship G6. That one features the G6’s FullVision screen tech, which gives the phone more screen real estate in a more compact body.

The Q8, with its built-in Quad DAC, dual lens camera with a wide-angle shooter, and Steady Record 2.0 video stabilisation, is obviously marketed for budget-strapped audiophiles and vloggers.

The Q8 will go on sale in Europe this month followed by Asia in August. LG has yet to announce pricing for its new mid-range handset.

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