South Korean tech giant LG has released another smartphone, the K3, targeted at the budget-conscious buyers. The phone, interestingly, offers latest Android software alongside entry-level specifications. Let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table.
Build and Display
The range in which the LG K3 falls is not one where you’d usually expect to see awesome-looking smartphones. It is no surprise from this perspective, therefore, to see it sporting a plastic body. The phone adds a bit of appeal with curved edges. It is fitted with a 4.5-inch display having an FWVGA resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. This is an IPS panel, so you may not be wrong to expect manageable wide viewing angles.
Camera and Storage
The primary camera on the K3 has a resolution of 5 megapixels which is a hallmark of budget devices. It is supported by LED flash. You get a measly VGA (0.3-megapixel) front-facing camera for selfies. However, the selfie snapper uses screen lighting to enable you take decent shots in poorly-lit settings. You can take sequence selfies by simply making hand gestures, thanks to a Gesture Interval Shot feature. Onboard storage capacity stands at 8 GB and you will be able to expand this by another 32 GB using a microSD card.
Performance and OS
The LG K3 is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor clocked at 1.1 GHz. The chip is backed by 1 GB of RAM. This one is indeed decked out to satisfy mostly entry-level users. What is most interesting about this budget smartphone is that it runs off Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. This means you can expect to enjoy some features available on significantly more-expensive devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its rugged Active variant.
A 1,940mAh battery supplies juice to the LG K3. While this juicer might not look awesome, in terms of what to expect in battery life, it is a good thing that it will be replaceable. But then, estimated battery life of 14 hours is not really bad. The phone offers users lightning-fast 4G LTE connectivity for seamless browsing and content streaming. It comes with the usual connectivity features, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Pricing and Availability
The LG K3 has been released in the United States for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. It sells at a price of $80. It is unclear if the smartphone will be sold outside the U.S. You should expect to pay a price around N25,000-N30,000 to have a unit in Nigeria by whatever means. At that price, rival offerings such as the Meizu m3 may be said to provide better value for money.
LG K3 at a Glance
– 4.5″ FWVGA IPS display
– 5MP rear and 0.3MP front cameras
– 1.1GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 CPU
– 1GB RAM
– 8GB expandable storage
– 1,940mAh battery
– 4G LTE support