The LG Q8 is a sleek repackaged V20 that can take the plunge

The new phone has the best features from last year's V20, along with welcomed improvements like being water resistant.

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The LG Q8 seems to be a repacking of the LG V20.


LG is launching a new phone, called the Q8, that has eerily similar features and specs to the company's V20 , which came out last year.

News of the Q8 appeared on LG's Italian site, which didn't mention a price or whether it would be available in the US or elsewhere, but did show its specs.

CNET's Lynn La had a mostly positive experience with the V20, but cautioned in her review that unless you want higher audio recording quality or a removable battery there are better options. Check out her full LG V20 review for a deeper look.

The Q8 differs from the V20 in some key areas:

  • Its 5.2-inch display is smaller than the 5.7-inch screen on the V20
  • It doesn't have a removable battery
  • It's water resistant, with a IP67 certification

The LG Q8's specs are below:

LG Q8 specs vs. LG V20 and OnePlus 5

LG Q8LG V20OnePlus 5
Display size, resolution 5.2-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.7-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 564ppi515 ppi401ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.87 x 2.83x 0.31 in6.29 x 3.01 x 0.3 in6.1 x 2.92 x 0.29 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 149 x 72 x 8 mm160 x 78 x 7.7 mm154 x 74 x 7.3 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.15 oz; 146 g6.24 oz; 177 g5.4 oz; 153 g
Mobile software Android 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Cameras (megapixels) 13MP standard, 8MP wide-angle16MP standard, 8MP wide-angle16MP standard, 20MP telephoto
Front-facing camera (megapixels) 5MP5MP16MP
Video capture 4K4K4K
Processor 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8202.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8202.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Storage 32GB64GB64GB, 128GB
Expandable storage 2TB2TBNone
Battery 3,000mAh3,200mAh (removable)3,300mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back coverBack coverHome button
Special features IP67 rating, optical image stabilization Rear cover release key; Both cameras capture wide-angle images; secondary screen on topPortrait mode, notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging
Price off-contract (USD) TBAAT&T: $829; Verizon: $672; T-Mobile: $770; Sprint: $792$479 (64GB), $539 (128GB)
Price (GBP) TBANot available£449 (64GB), £499 (128GB)
Price (AUD) TBAAU$799Converts to AU$636 (64GB), AU$715 (128GB)