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Headquartered in Seoul, the South Korean multinational company is usually looked upon as just another mobile handset manufacturer. Well, we would like to point out that the viewpoint may not be entirely correct! Given the fact that LG has partnered with Google for making Nexus devices (thrice, already!), and the offbeat experiments the company has been doing when it comes to camera and design features, only suggest that they are here to make a difference.
LG has been a popular brand for budget conscious users, and the latest offering just adds another feather to the hat. Announced last month, the LG K3 is a budget smartphone that can be best used for an entry point (if you’re switching from another OS to Android), or as a temporary replacement device. The phone features everything you would expect from an ideal smartphone, with the budget and sturdiness adding extra appeal to it.
The LG K3 is slim, but not a very light-weight handset. The device features rounded corners, and there’s no problem at all in holding it. However, as is expected from phones in this price range, the look isn’t very attractive, and the back panel feels like hard plastic. The bezels on the side are narrow. However, the ones on the top and bottom look quite big and reduce the screen to body ratio at about 62%.
The display is, again, decent in this category. K3 comes with a 4.5-inch IPS LCD screen. The display is bright but lacks sharpness. Colour reproduction is satisfactory, and it would be wrong to compare it to the ones featured in high-end phones. Text and multimedia appear good when viewing them inside, but you might have to strain your eyes slightly when doing so in bright sunlight. The screen supports a maximum resolution of 854x480 pixels, with a calculated pixel density of 218ppi.
The phone has two variations when it comes to hardware specs (this is location dependent), and here we list both of them. The first variation features a MediaTek MT6737 chipset, coupled with a quad-core Cortex A53 processor, clocked at 1.1GHz. On the other hand, the other variation comes with a Snapdragon 210 chipset that is combined with a quad-core Cortex A7 processor, clocked at the same speed. While the first variation makes use of a MaliT720MP2 as its graphical processing unit, the latter features Adreno 304.
Both devices, however, feature the same amount of internal memory and RAM. The device offers 8GB of internal memory, and 1GB of RAM, regardless of the variation available in the country.
When buying a budget smartphone, one anyways does not expect a high-performance imaging device. The LG K3 features a 5MP primary camera in the Mediatek variation, while the Snapdragon 210 variation comes a 5MP unit that also has LED flash. The secondary camera is a simple VGA, which some users could find unacceptable. Needless to say, this isn’t quite the phone you would be looking for if your particular interest is in taking images. The rear camera can also shoot 720p videos at a 30fps.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (with all the major standard protocols supported), as well as Hotspot and Wi-Fi Direct. The phone also features Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and FM radio. Additionally, the device can be connected to computers using the microUSB 2.0 port.
The device features a 1940mAh battery, and thanks to the processor, it can give enough juice to the device to last for an entire day.
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