LG W30 

price₹ 9,999 onwards

launchJul, 2019

23.2

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66.2

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 5 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Very good overall build quality, and materials
  • Sharp, premium looks, thanks to its chrome-plated sides and a brushed aluminium pattern on the back (which is a 2.5D curved plastic)
  • The front looks modern too, with a dewdrop notch display (though bezels/chin are on the relatively thick side)
  • The front glass and the sides have rounded edges, making the LG W30 very comfortable to hold
  • Useful notification LED
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back works well
  • LG offers face recognition too, but it's on the slow side and doesn't work at all in the dark
  • A little bit on the thicker side at 8.5mm

Display

  • Decent, vivid display
  • Screen resolution could have been higher

Software

  • The software is kept nice and simple with a near-stock Android experience (which is a wise choice by LG)
  • There are a bunch of useful add-on features too, including scrolling screenshots, gestures and shortcuts, and MediaTek's DuraSpeed option (which lets you force apps to stay active in the background)

Performance

  • Performance is weak point here relative to the competition, with a comparatively weak MediaTek Helio P22 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 625) - regular use is fine, but heavier apps/games will tend to show lags/stutters

Camera

  • While LG highlights the triple rear camera setup on the W30 (standard + ultra-wide + depth sensor), which is a rarity in this price segment, the actual performance is average
  • The autofocus system is sluggish, and the sensor needs to hunt for a second every time it needs to lock focus
  • Objects at a distance in landscape shots lack good detail
  • There's also noticeable shutter lag when shooting, even under good light, which means you and your subject have to stay still for a second or two after hitting the shutter button in order to avoid blur
  • Wide-angle shots have less detail and visible noise - there's also noticeable barrel distortion on objects towards the sides of the frame
  • In the bokeh mode, edge detection feels a little crude - and the frame rate in the viewfinder drops in this mode, which makes it choppy and a little challenging to frame a shot correctly
  • Low light quality is very average too (Night mode helps a bit, but not much)
  • The 16-megapixel front camera captures passable selfies but has trouble correctly exposing them, leaving blown-out highlights, even with HDR enabled - in low light, image quality is average at best
  • The LG W30 can shoot video at up to 1080p, however, there's no electronic stabilisation for either of the sensors - image quality isn't great, and bright areas in the footage are often overexposed - continuous autofocus also doesn't work well all the time

Audio

  • The single speaker at the bottom gets quite loud but the quality is below average - highs are shrill and the overall sound is tinny

Battery

  • Very good battery life - the low-powered SoC, coupled with the HD display resolution and 4000mAh battery capacity result in very good battery life - you will get up to 2 days of use with a single charge

Verdict

  • Overall, the W30 is just an average device in a hyper-competitive segment, and will find it very tough to compete with the likes of Xiaomi, Realme and Asus, which offer higher resolution displays, faster processors, and better cameras

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  3. Good-looking smartphone...but the performance is weak as compared to the rest of the competition, and the camera result is quite average
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LG W30 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.26 inches
Screen Resolution720x1520 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #51 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUPowerVR GE8320
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Dimensions
Weight172 gm
Thickness8.5 mm
Camera
Primary Camera13MP + 12MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 12MP: Sony IMX486 Sensor
  • 13MP: 100-degree Ultra-wide camera
  • 2MP: Depth Sensor
  • Bokeh Effect
Secondary Camera16MP
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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