LG Q8 finally brings the V20’s promise to Europe

With the LG V30  just a few short weeks away, the company is giving European users a preview of what they’ve been missing with the series thus far.

That company has revealed the LG Q8, which is effectively a smaller, waterproof version of the V20 currently on sale in the United States and other territories.

It has a 5.2-inch QHD IPS display (compared to the 5.7-inch V20), and will include the handy second screen at the top of the phone.

The sub-flagship Q8 features the 2016’s Snapdragon 820 processor, a microSD slot, 4GB RAM, Android Nougat and the LG UX 5.0 user interface. Also on board is the excellent 32-bit quad DAC.

The IP67 waterproof rating does come at the cost of a removable battery, but for many users (including those prone to accidents) that’ll be probably be preferable.

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In terms of cameras, LG is sticking with the same 13-megapixel/8-megapixel dual camera combination that appeared in the LG V20. At the front end there’s a modest 5-megapixel snapper.

There’s no news yet on when it’ll be released, but the news comes from LG’s Italian site, suggesting a UK launch won’t be far behind.

Its arrival comes as the series looks set to pivot away from what made the V10 and V20 unique.

Recent reports have suggested the V30 will be more like a supercharged LG G6, featuring a Snapdragon 835 processor and a similar FullVision edge-to-edge display, minus the second screen.

LG is holding an event on August 31 where we’re likely to see both the Q8 and the V30 up close and personal.