- Analysis by KJ David
Unveiled by LG alongside three other K-series updates (and a Stylus phablet) during the CES 2017, the K4 2017 targets an entry-level clientele, with cons like a time-worn FWVGA (854 x 480) 5-inch In-Cell display and a pitiful 1GB-only RAM among its features. Its low RAM accompanies an equally-unimpressive 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor , while the imaging department is led by a low-resolution (versus 2016 Q4 standards) 5-megapixel LED-flash rear-facing camera .
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A couple more of its rather undesirable specs include an 8GB-only internal storage and an external memory allowance capping off at only 32GB . Moreover, it runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, while the slightly-beefier K10 and K8 models are preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat .
Over on the flip side of its assortment of pros and cons are a fingerprint scanner , which LG did not indicate in its initial spec sheet, but is unmistakably present in its early official images. It is also rather light at only 135 grams (The average weight was around 150g when it came out), adding a slight perk in terms of physical convenience. Additionally, it measures a respectable 7.9mm thin , which we are not used to seeing in the entry-level market.
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The rest of its pros include a 5-megapixel selfie camera -- decent, coming from a smartphone of its caliber -- and a 2500mAh battery capacity , though the latter is a plus only because some of its low-end rivals settle for roughly-2000mAh cells. LTE connectivity , which we would say is a must-have for any 2017 device, is also on board, while a coating of either black or titan rounds out its pros and cons.
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Long story short, the LG K4 2017 is geared towards those looking for an unambitious smartphone dabbed with a touch of sophistication, in the form of fingerprint recognition and a relatively slender frame.
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