LG has been producing budget segment smartphones for quite some time now. They have produced some hit entry-level smartphones too. The thing about entry level smartphone segment is that it offers serious competition while also offering a huge scope for growth too. In the quest to capture a decent share of the entry-level segment, smartphone manufacturers are trying their level best to manufacture a hard hitting phone. LG launched its LG L50 smartphone in July 2014 and let's see how this smartphone turns out to be in real life.
The phone features basic design, and there is nothing unique about it. The screen-to-body ratio of 55.9% provided in this phone seems a little too less, and it could have certainly been better. Two soft-touch capacitive buttons and one physical home button are provided on the bottom part of the front panel. The soft-touch capacitive buttons are not backlit. The plastic back provided in the phone can prove too slippery at times and can attract a lot of fingerprints. The external dimensions of the phone are 4.90 x 2.57 x 0.48 inches, which makes the phone rather handy and weighing 142 grammes the phone is not that heavy. The phone is available in various colours for users to choose from. Talking about the display of the phone, the phone features a 4.0 inches TFT LCD that provides a screen resolution of 480X800 pixels and corresponds to the pixel density of roughly 233-ppi. The display proves to be decent for the price tag. The viewing angles seem to be okay, and the sunlight legibility is average too.
This phone comes with a Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor which is backed by a Mediatek MT6572 chipset. The processor is capable enough of providing a decent Android experience. While navigating through the various apps of the phone, we did observe slight sluggishness, but then again it's not that big issue. One cannot expect to play heavy apps or games on this phone, as the phone hangs up too often. The phone works on Android Android OS, version 4.4.2 i.e. KitKat. A 512MB of RAM is also provided in the phone, which we think could have been better for a budget segment of the smartphone. The internal memory provided in the phone is 4GB, which turns out be to be quite less for general function of the phone. The internal storage could be expanded up to 32GB using the microSD card slot provided in the phone. The phone offers single SIM support and does not support 4G networks. However, the support for 4G networks is not expected from entry level phones.
The phone features a 3.15MP primary camera that is supported by a LED flashlight and digital zoom. A 0.3MP VGA camera has been provided in the front. The images captured by the camera are workable, and one cannot expect to catch amazing pictures from the phone. The images turn out decent at the most and certain times lack a lot of details. The front shooter can be used for video calling and the images snapped by it are not that great. The phone features a loudspeaker which gets loud enough, and a 3.5 mm audio jack has also been provided in the phone. Talking about multimedia, the phone has FM Radio with recording options, and Video player has also been provided in the phone that can play video formats like 3GP and MP4. The music player can play MP3, AMR, MiDi, WAVE songs and ringtones include polyphonic.
Talking about the battery provided in the phone, the phone comes with a 1900mAh Li-Ion battery. The battery is user replaceable, thus letting it users carry additional charged batteries to use when the phone’s battery runs out. When the battery was tested in real time, we found that the battery lasted for a complete day with moderate to heavy usage. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Bluetooth version 4.0 with A2DP, FM Radio with recording and microUSB 2.0. The sole sensor provided in the phone is an Accelerometer. The warranty of this phone is 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty, and 6 months warranty on acessories.