Affordable LG K4 and K10 smartphones start global rollout this week

Like for so many other smartphone manufacturers, 2015 was a bittersweet year in terms of LG sales and profits, prompting a mid-range restructuring effort and G Flex 3 cancellation to better focus on the G5 and V10’s unnamed sequel in the high-end market segment.

But the problem is the non-flagship K series is a little all over the place right now, kicking things off with two very good-looking models back at CES in Las Vegas, then expanding it by an additional three variants. Only one of these is currently available in Korea, while the lowest-end handheld of the bunch recently gained full confirmation on the specification front in Russia.

Next up, the two are to begin their world tours in “key markets including CIS and Europe” this week, followed by Latin America, the Middle East and Asia “in the weeks to come.” North America is notably absent from that list, though it’s entirely possible a number of US carriers, chiefly prepaid ones, will ultimately pick up the LG K4 and K10 under different names.

Recommended pricing remains up in the air and shall depend on region, with the speedier 5.3-incher likely circling the $200 mark, whereas the humble 4.5-incher should really not exceed $100, $120 tops if it wants to succeed.

Unusually flashy designs for such ultra-low-cost Android soldiers are clearly among the big selling points here, alongside software tricks borrowed from the G series (Gesture Shot, Flash for Selfie), 4G LTE connectivity, and reasonably powerful quad-core processors.

The K10 further sports up to 13 and 8MP cameras, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage space, and 2,300 mAh battery, with the K4 merely capable of accommodating 5 and 2 megapixel shooters, 1 gig of memory, 8GB ROM, and 1,940 mAh juice. Both devices run Android 5.1 Lollipop out the box.

Source: LG Newsroom

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