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LG K30


LG K30
LG K30 (K Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) 4 x 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
2048 MB 
5.45 inch 18:9, 1440 x 720 pixel 295 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 8.3 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Acceleration sensor, Proximity sensor
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B38), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 146.9 x 71.5 ( = 0.33 x 5.78 x 2.81 in)
3000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Primary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0, Contrast AF, LED Flash, Videos @1080p/30fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.2
Additional features
Speakers: Mono loudspeaker at the lower edge, Keyboard: Virtual, Charger, USB cable, cleaning cloth, 24 Months Warranty, LTE Cat 4 (150Mbps/50MBps); SAR values: 0.464W/kg (head), 1.466W/kg (body); MIL-STD-810G certified, fanless
148 g ( = 5.22 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 57 g ( = 2.01 oz / 0.13 pounds)
129 Euro



Average Score: 69.8% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 21%, features: 33%, display: 82% mobility: 91%, workmanship: 56%, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the LG K30

69.8% LG K30 Smartphone Review – Cheap smartphone without bells and whistles | Notebookcheck
The LG K30 is an affordable entry-level phone that still has a lot to offer in terms of battery life and camera. Whether the manufacturer can do it at a price of just 129 euros, you'll find out in the test.
LG K30
Source: PC Mag English version
The unlocked LG K30 is a reasonably capable Android phone, but it's priced too high for what it offers.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/25/2018


Model: The LG K30 is a reasonably capable budget Android smartphone. Hardware-wise, the LG K30 is far from being impressive, but that's not the point considering it is a low-end device. The phone comes running Android 7.1 Nougat with some pre-installed apps. The K30 is made of a sturdy mix of plastic and metal. While there are still bezels at the ends and the sides of the K30 screen, the presentation renders them to be quite understated, letting the screen stand at the center of the stage. In fact, having a little bezel on the sides lessens accidental presses while typing or playing a game. The phone is equipped with a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 32 GB expandable storage. Those who need more storage will be able to expand up to 2 TB, thanks to the microSD card slot on board. This choice of processor easily gets bulldozed by the engines powering many contemporary eight-core smartphones. Octa-core engines are no longer that rarely-seen in the entry-level smartphone market. Hence, this is a slight let down. The LG K30's screen is a fairly clear 5.3-inch, 1,280-by-720 HD panel with 277 pixels per inch. It uses the TFT display architecture, which is one of the cheapest screen types around. However, it comes with a 2.5D-curved glass finish, although this facet is not that uncommon, even in the lowest Android tier.

Furthermore, the K30 sports a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The 13-megapixel rear-facing camera comes with typical LG imaging functions, such as Cheese Shutter and Live Shot. The selfie camera has a Selfie Light function, which aims to brighten up selfies. For input and output, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a micro USB charging port are on the bottom. Besides that, a SIM/microSD card slot on the right worked fine with a 256 GB card. It is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor to easily unlock the phone. The K30 is powered by a 3000 mAh battery pack. This sounds reasonable, even though it far from resembling those of the top big-battery phones with its 12-hour talk time (720 minutes). In essence, the LG K30 is a mediocre smartphone in terms of processing components and display, but it has its strengths, particularly on the multimedia storage and battery capacity fronts. It is ideal for casual users on a budget or users who prefer only the essentials.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 308: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 425 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

425: Entry-level SoC that was announced in February 2016. It integrates 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.4 GHz, an LPDDR3 memory controller and wireless radios for WiFi and 4G/LTE.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


LG Electronics Inc. is a subsidiary of LG Group. It is a South Korean company and was founded as Goldstar Co, Ltd, in 1958. The group offers products in the fields of information technology, consumer electronics and mobile communications, and home appliances. LG Electronics is the world's third largest home appliance manufacturer. As a notebook manufacturer, LG only became known to a wider audience in the German-speaking market in 2005. After a few years, LG largely withdrew from the laptop sector. The product range includes OLED, LED/LCD and plasma TVs, home theater systems, Blu-ray players as well as audio and video players. 

69.8%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2018-09-18 (Update: 2018-09-18)