First Impressions: LG W30
Through the W Series, LG wants to crack the budget segment of the smartphone industry, which is currently ruled by Chinese giants. We had a chance to use the LG W30 for a short while and this is what we think about it.
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LG was struggling with its V-Series and G-Series, premium segment smartphones in India from a long period and LG’s presence in the budget segment was abysmal. The Korean conglomerate has come up with 3 new devices under the umbrella of W-Series. The devices are LG W10, LG W30, and LG W30 Pro. Through these devices, LG wants to crack the budget segment of the smartphone industry, which is currently ruled by Chinese giants. We had a chance to use the LG W30 for a short while and this is what we think about it.
The New LG W30 looks very sleek and premium especially while holding in your hand. The body comes with a glossy finish, which is made up of polycarbonate but it doesn't even feel like plastic. The design is not unique as we have seen it before many times. The metallic rim running around the edges gives premium looks and a slight heft to the device.
The round edges of the LG W30 provide a good grip while holding the device. At the front, it houses 6.26-inch HD+ display with a dewdrop-style notch at the top and a thick chin. The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the top, while the speaker grille and Micro-USB port are at the bottom. The display of the smartphone is quite impressive and very legible even under direct sunlight. The display is vibrant and impressive with great viewing angles.
The notch can be customized by going to setting option. LG also gives a special touch to its device called ‘Panic button'. It dials emergency helpline (112) if you press the power button of the W30 thrice in quick succession, This feature works even when the device is locked.
The Volume rockers and Power button sit on the right side while the Hybrid-SIM tray is at left. The buttons are well positioned that you don't need to stretch your fingers to operate. The Notch houses the 16MP selfie shooter. There is notification LED as well which you only notice when it is glowing as it is situated above the notch.
The LG W30 Comes equipped with the triple camera setup. There's a primary 12-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.0, a 13-megapixel wide-angle fixed-focus camera with an aperture of f/2.2, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera can click decent pics at daylight condition, considering its price. The camera often hunts for focus, we experienced this quite a few times. We couldn't get the chance to spend more time with the device so we are not able to write about its night or low light abilities.
The smartphone comes in only one variant, which is 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and runs on Android 9 Pie. During our usage, we didn't face any lag or glitches during normal day to day operations. Talking about W30’s Gaming Performance, We played PUBG Mobile and Free Fire and face minor glitches but it is OK considering its hardware configuration.
In terms of security, LG W30 is equipped with a fingerprint sensor, situated at the usual spot – The back of the phone and yes! There is face unlock available as well. The fingerprint sensor is quick to respond but the face recognition stutters in low light conditions. LG W30 is powered by 4000mAh battery and the battery life is supreme. We played games, watch movies and streamed songs through YouTube and the phone kept going for almost 2 days.
The LG W30 comes with lots of features but due to its average camera performance and hardware configuration, it falls behind in the race with Chinese giants. The W30 is priced at INR 10,000, which brings it in direct competition with Realme U1, Redmi Note 7S, and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2.