LG has been pouring a lot of resources into advertising and promoting its smartphones and other products, but the company is having trouble keeping up with the competition. While Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have all witnessed rise in worldwide phone shipments year over year, LG has suffered the largest loss.
The G- and V-series flagship updates that have become LG’s primary focus in recent years are also the company’s most expensive. We don’t think the K- and Q-series models are very innovative or successful in the mass market, and the rise of up-and-coming competitors like Realme makes it tough for even industry leaders like LG to keep up.
With the release of the W-series of smartphones, the business is hoping to reverse its fortunes. The new LG W10 and LG W30 are currently available in flash sales on Amazon, catering to tech-savvy consumers.
The LG W30 that we’re looking at today has three cameras on the back, a notched screen, and a sizable battery. As we said in our first impressions, this phone looks the part; now let’s find out if LG has actually built a competitive enough phone to be seriously considered at roughly Rs. 10,000.
LG W30 Design
The chrome-plated sides and brushed aluminum pattern on the back of the LG W30 give it a high-end appearance. The phone is made out of 2.5D curved plastic. Our Platinum Grey model is eye-catching, but if you want to make a genuine statement, the Thunder Blue option may be more to your liking.
The rounded corners on the front glass and the device’s sides make the LG W30 a pleasure to hold. The 172g weight and 8.5mm thickness of this phone are both about average. The volume and power buttons don’t jiggle when you press them since they don’t have much give.
The LG W30 seems to have been constructed with high-quality materials and has a solid feel in the hand. The laminated back showed no signs of wear and tear during our review period. Unfortunately, the HD+ resolution means that images and text will lack some detail. There’s no mention of strengthened glass, but we’re delighted to report that the display survived our review period without a single scratch.
LG W30 Specifications and Software
The LG W30 has the same MediaTek Helio P22 Processor as budget phones like the Realme C2 (Review). To make the LG W30 more competitive, we would have liked to see a more powerful processor at this price, such as the Helio P60 or even the Helio P70.
The single configuration for this phone is 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-OTG, an FM radio, and a bunch of sensors are all included. Since the LG W3 is only Widevine L3 approved, video-on-demand services like Netflix cannot stream in HD or better definition.
The LG W30 we tested ran a nearly vanilla version of Android 9 Pie, and it was protected by the latest May 2019 update. The Home button on Android 9 devices can be swiped like on Google Pixel phones to move between apps, but you can also utilize the traditional three-button navigation if you want. There is also support for digital wellness.
LG W30 Performance, Cameras, and Battery Life
When it comes to the Android user interface and general use, the LG W30 holds its own. With a sufficient quantity of RAM, navigating menus and opening apps is a breeze. The little delay and latency that occasionally appears while moving between landscape and portrait orientation in some apps or in some UI animations, though, serve as constant reminders that this is a relatively poor SoC.
Games and other resource-intensive apps don’t perform well. Our results on the standardized tests bear this out. We only managed 75,140 on AnTuTu, while Geekbench gave us a score of 760 for a single thread and 3,652 for multiple threads. For example, PUBG Mobile’s performance suffers even when set to its lowest graphical setting, as I experienced significant latency and stuttering during intense battles.
But, more straightforward games like Alto’s Odyssey worked without a hitch. The only place the phone gets warm is the top, and that’s just while you’re playing a game. The quality of the single bottom-mounted speaker is subpar, although it can become fairly loud. Sounds tinny and has harsh highs.
LG’s next attempt to enter the low-priced smartphone market is the W30. The phone comes in three eye-catching hues and is extremely lightweight and simple to use. The HD+ 6.26-inch screen offers vibrant colors, but its low resolution limits the clarity of displayed media. At nearly Rs. 10,000, the MediaTek Helio P22 Processor seems a bit underpowered.
You also have access to 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. It’s powered by Android 9.0 Pie and has a minimal amount of skinning to mimic the stock Android experience. Other options include gesture controls and a panic button that, when pressed three times in rapid succession, places an emergency call.