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Verizon launches LG K8 V smartphone as prepaid option


Verizon Wireless has added the affordable LG K8 V to its line-up, offering the handset at just $144 as a prepaid option. Verizon is the latest carrier to add the smartphone to its prepaid portfolio, launching the LG K8 V at $144 and waiving the activation fee, which normally costs another $30. The fee is waived with online purchase and activation. For those unfamiliar with the smartphone, the LG K8 V features a 5-inch HD display (720p), a 32-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, and 1.5 GB of RAM. Other specs include 16 GB of internal storage space, but only 9.3 GB are left for the user. The rest is occupied with pre-installed software, but the smartphone also supports microSD for additional storage of up to 128 GB.

The LG K8 V further sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter with selfie features such as Gesture Shot and Selfie Light. Gesture Shot means the device can recognize when the user makes a gesture and starts a three-second timer to take the selfie. The Selfie Light feature, meanwhile, is designed to take high-quality self-shots even in low-light conditions. The smartphone features rear-mounted lock and volume keys, a 2,125 mAh battery that lasts for up to 22 hours of usage, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board out of the box, with LG’s custom user interface on top. The LG K8 V is also the first Verizon prepaid smartphone to support HD Voice, although it doesn’t come enabled by default. Users will have to activate HD Voice manually.

The main difference between the LG K8 that hit other carriers and the LG K8 V that’s now available from Verizon is that the latter packs a Qualcomm chipset instead of the MediaTek processor powering the original version.

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