- Analysis by KJ David
One of LG's earliest entry-level releases of 2019, the LG Tribute Empire yields to many other prepaid contenders listed here on Phonerated when it comes to technical pros and cons. Its biggest drawbacks include a 16GB internal memory that can only be expanded by up to 32GB , whereas many tantamount models within this category bluster with 128GB or even 256GB external memory ceilings. Additionally, it comes with no more than 2500mAh of raw power (Some low-end rivals reach the 3000mAh threshold), although its 15-hour talk time , which translates to 900 minutes, passed the average value as of this specs-based review.
Hardware-wise, although it won't be joining the best octa-core smartphones on the market anytime soon, the Tribute Empire's MediaTek MT6750 octa-core 1.5GHz engine sounds just about right for a starter-class smartphone. Having said that, we think it could have done better than a mere 2GB RAM count , given the number of comparable models packing at least 3GB on that front.
Also among its cons are a modest 5-megapixel front-facing camera that at least comes with a screen flash function (Selfie Light) for brightening up selfies taken under poor lighting conditions. At the back, it touts a run-of-the-mill 8-megapixel main camera with standard HDR and Full HD (1920 x 1080) video-recording among its features.
While the Tribute Empire's 5-inch HD-720p IPS display is by no means a pro, it somewhat holds its ground versus the screens touted by several other models within its price group (It was priced at $100 as of this write-up) -- those with paltry qHD-540p and FWVGA-480p definitions, that is. Its feature set also includes 4G LTE network connectivity and the VoLTE in-call audio technology. While you're here, feel free to pop open our list of the newest 4G-enabled phones.
With a White finish tying its pros and cons together, LG's Tribute Empire won't be conquering the entry-level market any time soon, although it does make for a decent choice for first-time users and non-techies.
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