- Analysis by KJ David
An unassuming 2018 LG smartphone, the K30's cons are led by a low-caliber 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor that easily gets bulldozed by the engines powering many contemporary eight-core smartphones -- and yes, octa-core engines were no longer that rarely-seen in the entry-level smartphone market as of this specs-driven review. This model also sticks to a so-so 2GB RAM capacity .
The K30's 5-megapixel-only front-facing camera is a letdown as well, especially since several of its rivals come with 8-megapixel selfie shooters. Having said that, its practically-minded target buyers could find a bit of comfort in its Selfie Light function , which prompts the screen to illuminate around the photo preview, aiming to brighten up those selfies.
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The K30 is fitted with a a 5.3-inch HD (1280 x 720p) display, which we do not find that impressive, especially since it uses the TFT display architecture -- one of the cheapest screen types around. It does, however, come with a 2.5D-curved glass finish, although this facet is not that uncommon, even in the lowest Android tier. As for its perks, this budget-tier Android boasts a mammoth up-to-2TB top-up storage allowance in conjunction with its either 32GB or 16GB native memory.
At the back, it features a respectable 13-megapixel main camera bedecked with typical LG imaging pros and cons, such as Cheese Shutter and Live Shot. Right underneath it is a circular fingerprint scanner whose absence would put the K30 at a disadvantage versus most other budget-class smartphones that came out in 2018, considering that fingerprint recognition has become a staple smartphone security feature.
The K30 is powered by a 3000mAh battery pack that sounds reasonable, even though it far from resembles those of the top big-battery phones. Its 12-hour talk time (720 minutes) , which was over 14 percent lower that the average value, seems a tad questionable, though.
Rounding out the LG K30's pros and cons is the Android 7.1 Nougat ecosystem skinned with LG's proprietary UX 6.0+. Probably to echo its inclination towards users who prefer only the essentials, it dons a classic Black finish.
In essence, the LG K30 is a mediocre smartphone in terms of processing components and display, but it does have its strengths, particularly on the multimedia storage and battery capacity fronts.
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