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LG Leon Smartphone Review

Manuel Masiero, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/13/2015

Surprise bag. A quad-core SoC, high-speed LTE Internet alongside an NFC module, Android 5.0 and 8 GB of storage. This bundle, in the form of the 4.5-inch LG Leon LGH340N, is officially available for just 149 Euros (~$170). Our report reveals how well the mid-range smartphone fares in real life.

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Not doing anything by halves was likely LG's aphorism, and it introduced four new smartphones from the entry-level and mid-range sector at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC). The devices, ranging in size from 4 to 5 inches, have been named Magna, Spirit, Joy and Leon, cost between 100 and 199 Euros (~$114 and $227), and are to replace the manufacturer's "L" lineup. The latest Android version 5.0 powers the smartphones except for the LG Joy. Interesting features, such as a power button on the rear ("rear key"), shooting selfies via gestures in front of the camera, and the "Knock Code" are also incorporated. The latter feature optionally enables unlocking the smartphone via a personal knock code of three to eight taps on the screen. Owners of an LG G2 will be familiar with this feature because it is the further development of the "KnockOn" technology.

Our review sample, the 4.5-inch LG Leon LGH340N, with an official retail price of 149 Euros (~$170), belongs to the entry-level sector among the four new models. Although it is based on the same hardware as the mid-range Magna (5 inches) and Spirit (4.7 inches) with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage, it only displays 854x480 pixels and does not have an HD resolution. Modesty is also the motto for the front camera that only shoots pictures in VGA while 1 megapixel or even 5 megapixels are available in the Magna and Spirit depending on the model. Then again, the generous configuration is very impressive with a 5-megapixel camera and a 1900 mAh battery, among other features. Furthermore, an extensive communication bundle in the form of GSM, UMTS, LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n is on the pro side. A slightly slimmed down version of the approximately 135 Euro (~$154) LG Leon LGH340N is also available in the LGH320. It is priced at a lower 120 Euros (~$137), but does not support LTE and relies on the Mediatek MT6582 SoC.

LG Leon LGH340N
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
4.5 inch 16:9, 854 x 480 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, FWVGA, 218 ppi, IPS, 16.7 million colors, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
, 3.27 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SD cards max. 32 GB, Sensors: motion sensor, proximity sensor, compass, A-GPS/GPS, WiFi Direct, Android Beam
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), UMTS dual-band (900/2100 MHz), LTE tri-band (800/2100/2600 MHz), NFC. LTE max. 150 MBps download/50 MBps upload, UMTS w/ HSPA+ max. 42 MBps download/5.76 MBps upload, SAR rate 0.920 W/Kg
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.99 x 129.9 x 64.9 ( = 0.43 x 5.11 x 2.56 in)
Battery
7 Wh Lithium-Ion, 1900 mAh, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 14 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 13 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 465 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 505 h
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: webcam 0.3 MP (640 x 480 pixels), primary camera 5 MP (2560 x 1920 pixels), video recording max. 1920 x 1080 pixels
Additional features
Speakers: rear-sided mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, battery, charger, USB cord, quick start guide, LG Smart Keyboard, KnockCode, Easy Home, QuickMemo, TalkBack, Polaris Office, RemoteCall Service, LG Smart World, Google Mobile Services, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
120 g ( = 4.23 oz / 0.26 pounds), Power Supply: 25 g ( = 0.88 oz / 0.06 pounds)
Price
149 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

At first glance, LG's Leon LGH340N does not look like an entry-level smartphone. It could be mistaken for a higher positioned device owing to its classy appearance. The display cover that extends on three sides very close to the casing's edge is the primary reason, giving the deactivated 4.5-inch screen a much bigger and striking impression. The screen closes flush with the lightly curved chassis at the lower edge. The metallic look in titanium silver (also available in a gold color) conveys high-quality, but then proves to be simple plastic. However, the entry-level Android handheld has a good feel; the fingers have a good grip on both the screen's surface and the casing's back.

The positioning of the power button and volume rocker will be unusual for many smartphone users. They are both located in the center of the upper half of the casing's back. That, however, has advantages. The pointer finger can easily reach them and, unlike the common arrangement on the sides, they are not hit accidentally. LG consistently does not install any controls on the smartphone's sides. The power button and volume rocker cannot be triggered when on a table because they are in a small recess and thus do not have contact to the surface. In addition to the removable battery, the micro SIM and microSD card slots are found behind the removable back cover.

The lightly curved chassis of LG's Leon makes it the thickest handheld among the comparison devices with approximately 11 millimeters (~0.43 in). Asus' ZenFone 5 comes closest with 10.3 millimeters (~0.41 in). Microsoft's Lumia 640 (8.8 millimeters/~0.35 in) and Sony's Xperia M2 (8.6 millimeters/~0.34 in) are especially thin in contrast.

Connectivity

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 ARM-based mid-range SoC powers LG's Leon. Its four cores can clock at up to 1.4 GHz, but only runs at 1.2 GHz maximum in LG's smartphone. The processor can fall back on the integrated Adreno 306 graphics card and 1 GHz of RAM. 8 GB of storage supplement that. However, only roughly 3 GB are available after deducting the OS and preloaded apps in the state of delivery. The internal storage can be expanded by up to 32 GB via the microSD card slot.

Lower edge: USB port
Lower edge: USB port
Upper edge: 3.5 mm audio jack
Upper edge: 3.5 mm audio jack
Right: No interfaces
Right: No interfaces
Left: No interfaces
Left: No interfaces

Software

Android 5.0.1 operates in LG's Leon. In addition to various LG and Google apps, Polaris Office suite is also preloaded.

GPS: Outdoors
GPS: Outdoors
GPS: Indoors
GPS: Indoors

Communication & GPS 

LG's Leon is quite sociable with GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and UMTS dual-band (900/2100 MHz) that allows telephoning with the entry-level smartphone from virtually everywhere in the world in conjunction with a micro-SIM card. The review sample also enables high-speed Internet browsing with its LTE tri-band (800/2100/2600 MHz), which achieves a download speed of up to 150 MBps according to the manufacturer. Short range data sharing is possible via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 or NFC. No problems evolved with Wi-Fi transmission in the 2.4 GHz frequency band in the test, and the expected speed was achieved. However, it was not possible to connect to the router in the 5.0 frequency band.

The A-GPS receiver in LG's Leon pinpointed the present location up to a few meters and is almost just as accurate indoors as outdoors. The tracking abilities of LG's smartphone are thus absolutely sufficient for smartphone applications, and can even compete with navigation systems like the Garmin eTrex 30. LG's Leon was sometimes off course on our approximately 14 kilometer (~8.7 miles) test route, but in total, the deviations were within tight limits.

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Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
LG Leon LGH340N
LG Leon LGH340N
LG Leon LGH340N
LG Leon LGH340N
LG Leon LGH340N
LG Leon LGH340N

Telephone & Voice Quality

The phone app does not leave any open questions with its self-explanatory tabs "dial", "call list", "contacts", "favorites", and "groups". There were never any interruptions, interference noises or other connection issues in calls to landlines or mobile networks. The voice quality was also impeccable.

Cameras & Multimedia

LG's Leon features a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and a maximum resolution of 2560x1920 pixels, which shoots pictures in the 4:3 format. Users who prefer photos in the 16:9 format will have to switch to the next lower resolution (2560x1440 pixels). Good: Videos can be recorded in the Full HD mode and are rendered smoothly at 30 frames per second. The camera menu is easy to manage with self-explanatory symbols and a preloaded help function. However, there are only a few setting options. No image parameters, apart from the resolution, can be set. In return, face recognition, geo-tagging, a timer, and voice control are included. The voice control responds to witty commands; the user is rewarded with a picture when saying "cheese", "smile", "whiskey", "kimchi" or "LG".

The front-facing camera has a similar feature that, however, responds to gestures rather than words. To shoot a selfie, the user holds an open hand in front of the lens and closes it to a fist. LG's Leon takes a photo after a three-second countdown. The image quality of the front-facing camera is not very good in view of the VGA resolution, but its photo talents are still just enough for self-portraits.

The 5-megapixel primary camera does a much better job, and shoots pictures in a decent quality. However, the photos lack the last bit of focus and also look a bit pale. Blurriness becomes quite evident in somewhat less favorable light conditions. That is no reason for hobby photographers to dismiss LG's Leon though.

Image Comparison

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Accessories & Warranty

LG ships its smartphone with a modular power supply, a USB cable, and a quick start guide. The manufacturer does not offer any product-specific accessories on its website. The LGH340N comes with a 24-month warranty; the battery is only covered for 6 months.

Input Devices & Handling

The unusual positioning of the power button and volume rocker (on the rear as said above) might not appeal to everyone. However, it is virtually impossible to trigger the keys accidentally. Only screenshots, for which the power button and "volume down" button have to be pressed simultaneously, might be a bit awkward. Although the buttons are agreeably big, they are very close to each other.

Both touchscreen control and the virtual keyboard respond accurately to inputs and are thus beyond reproach. The keyboard allows entering long web links and texts quickly, particularly in landscape mode. The underlying quad-core prevents lags or unnecessary waiting times during operation. It sometimes might take a few moments for LG's Leon to respond to commands directly after booting, but that is not really a shortcoming.

Convenient: The Android menu bar can be displayed in either white or black. Users can also map the three standard softkeys for "back", "home screen" and "options" in any order, and add two buttons for notifications and the "QuickMemo" notepad function. Consequently, a total of 5 keys can be displayed in the menu bar.

Virtual keyboard in landscape mode...
Virtual keyboard in landscape mode...
...and in portrait mode.
...and in portrait mode.

Display

The IPS screen in LG's Leon achieves a satisfactory average brightness of 322.9 cd/m². Starting with LG's G2 Mini with 334 cd/m² up to Sony's Xperia M2 with 483 cd/m², the screens of the comparison devices all have a higher brightness, which make them even more suitable for use in different environmental conditions. However, the screen in LG's Leon convinces with a sharp reproduction despite its comparatively low resolution of 854x480 pixels and a pixel density of 218 ppi. The good black level (0.36 cd/m²) and good contrast ratio (906:1) match to that.

338
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
339
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 365 cd/m² Average: 322.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 326 cd/m²
Contrast: 906:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.81 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.82 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
Gamma: 2.03
LG Leon LGH340N
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Zenfone 5
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB eMMC Flash
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
Microsoft Lumia 640
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Sony Xperia M2
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
Screen
1%
-4%
14%
-22%
Brightness middle
326
389
19%
334
2%
433
33%
483
48%
Brightness
323
375
16%
331
2%
429
33%
467
45%
Brightness Distribution
81
88
9%
92
14%
95
17%
93
15%
Black Level *
0.36
0.58
-61%
0.38
-6%
0.52
-44%
0.93
-158%
Contrast
906
671
-26%
879
-3%
833
-8%
519
-43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.81
4.22
12%
5.32
-11%
3.42
29%
5.74
-19%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.82
3.08
36%
6
-24%
3.03
37%
6.83
-42%
Gamma
2.03 108%
2.57 86%
2.37 93%
2.16 102%
2.2 100%
CCT
7288 89%
6840 95%
8685 75%
7081 92%
9470 69%

* ... smaller is better

The assessments using the CalMAN software and the X-Rite i1Pro 2 colorimeter show that LG gives its smartphone a fine color balance, which is not a matter of course particularly in the entry-level sector. The screen's white point of 7288 K is a bit over the ideal of 6500 K and is reflected in the tendency of a "cooler" reproduction. However, that is not noticed much in use. The deviations in the grayscale level (DeltaE of 4.82) and color reproduction (DeltaE of 4.81) are also within an acceptable range.

ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Colorspace
Colorspace
Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps

The average brightness of 322.9 cd/m² of LG's Leon is high enough for outdoor use, but the very glossy screen could prevent legibility. The screen scores with high viewing angle stability owing to its IPS qualities. However, the colors of displayed content look a bit falsified from flatter viewing angles.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

LG's smartphone is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 quad-core SoC. Its Cortex A53 cores clock at 1.2 GHz each. The processor uses Qualcomm's Adreno 306 graphics chip, which provides roughly the same performance as its Adreno 305 precursor, but consumes slightly less power. The SoC in LG's handheld can fall back on 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. The Snapdragon's 410 MSM8916 performance places it in the mid-range and gives LG's Leon a high system performance, which the benchmarks confirm.

While LG's Leon is basically just as fast as its contenders in the synthetic benchmarks like 3DMark or GFXBench, it manages a slight advantage in the browser benchmarks in total. The good and bad are very close in the write and read performance. The sequential read rates do not give reason for complaint, just like in random file operations. However, LG's Leon almost stagnates in sequential write and even falls behind its weak contenders.

3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
4585 Points ∼2%
Asus Zenfone 5
4643 Points ∼2% +1%
LG G2 Mini
4856 Points ∼2% +6%
Sony Xperia M2
4826 Points ∼2% +5%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
2646 Points ∼1%
Asus Zenfone 5
2856 Points ∼1% +8%
LG G2 Mini
2859 Points ∼1% +8%
Sony Xperia M2
5753 Points ∼3% +117%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
5417 Points ∼0%
Asus Zenfone 5
5638 Points ∼1% +4%
LG G2 Mini
5764 Points ∼1% +6%
Sony Xperia M2
5790 Points ∼1% +7%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
5.3 fps ∼0%
LG G2 Mini
5.7 fps ∼0% +8%
Microsoft Lumia 640
4.1 fps ∼0% -23%
Sony Xperia M2
5.9 fps ∼0% +11%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
15 fps ∼3%
LG G2 Mini
15.1 fps ∼3% +1%
Microsoft Lumia 640
7.4 fps ∼2% -51%
Sony Xperia M2
15.5 fps ∼3% +3%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
22186 Points ∼28%
Asus Zenfone 5
17292 Points ∼21% -22%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
2901 Points ∼6%
Asus Zenfone 5
1822 Points ∼4% -37%
LG G2 Mini
1768 Points ∼4% -39%
Microsoft Lumia 640
1249 Points ∼3% -57%
WebXPRT 2013 - Overall Score (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
223 Points ∼10%
Asus Zenfone 5
167 Points ∼7% -25%
Microsoft Lumia 640
135 Points ∼6% -39%
Sony Xperia M2
173 Points ∼8% -22%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
2882 Points ∼15%
Asus Zenfone 5
2188 Points ∼11% -24%
LG G2 Mini
1807 Points ∼9% -37%
Microsoft Lumia 640
1136 Points ∼6% -61%
Sony Xperia M2
1843 Points ∼9% -36%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
1509.3 ms * ∼37%
Asus Zenfone 5
1684 ms * ∼42% -12%
LG G2 Mini
1085.6 ms * ∼27% +28%
Microsoft Lumia 640
1243 ms * ∼31% +18%
Sony Xperia M2
1664.6 ms * ∼41% -10%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
1.08 MB/s ∼1%
Asus Zenfone 5
1.26 MB/s ∼1% +17%
LG G2 Mini
1.18 MB/s ∼1% +9%
Sony Xperia M2
0.64 MB/s ∼0% -41%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
8.65 MB/s ∼5%
Asus Zenfone 5
12.43 MB/s ∼7% +44%
LG G2 Mini
14.18 MB/s ∼8% +64%
Sony Xperia M2
13.7 MB/s ∼8% +58%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
7.04 MB/s ∼3%
Asus Zenfone 5
12.45 MB/s ∼5% +77%
LG G2 Mini
11.81 MB/s ∼5% +68%
Sony Xperia M2
11.62 MB/s ∼5% +65%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
LG Leon LGH340N
97.12 MB/s ∼11%
Asus Zenfone 5
95.47 MB/s ∼11% -2%
LG G2 Mini
110.05 MB/s ∼12% +13%
Sony Xperia M2
123.47 MB/s ∼14% +27%

Legend

 
LG Leon LGH340N Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus Zenfone 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG G2 Mini Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
Microsoft Lumia 640 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia M2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD

* ... smaller is better

Games

The performance of LG's Leon is just as easily sufficient for multimedia use as for up-to-date apps. However, the green light cannot be given unconditionally for games. The majority of games should run lag-free and without any problems on the 4.5-inch smartphone, among them even current smash hits like Asphalt 8. But these computing-intensive games load the graphics chip immensely, and it thus has little power reserves for the future gaming generation. LG's Leon is very suitable for an occasional game though.

Up-to-date games like "Asphalt 8" run smoothly
Up-to-date games like "Asphalt 8" run smoothly

Emissions

Temperature

No matter how high the load on LG's Leon, it only heats up marginally - it could only be pushed to a maximum of 35.1 degrees Celsius (95.18 Fahrenheit) even after a full hour in the stress test. Its average of just 32.9 degrees (91.22 Fahrenheit) is quite a bit cooler. As the GFXBench 3.0 stress test shows (see right, blue curve), the SoC always retrieves its full potential. The temperature indicator already stops climbing at 28.8 degrees Celsius (83.84 Fahrenheit) while idling.

Max. Load
 30.4 °C
87 F
33.9 °C
93 F
34.2 °C
94 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
34.5 °C
94 F
35.1 °C
95 F
 
 30.3 °C
87 F
33 °C
91 F
34.7 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 35.1 °C = 95 F
Average: 32.9 °C = 91 F
28.1 °C
83 F
29.7 °C
85 F
29.2 °C
85 F
27.4 °C
81 F
29.8 °C
86 F
28.7 °C
84 F
28.1 °C
83 F
29.9 °C
86 F
29.4 °C
85 F
Maximum: 29.9 °C = 86 F
Average: 28.9 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  29 °C = 84 F | Room Temperature 22.2 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.9 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.1 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 29.9 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 326 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.8 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

The little, rear-sided speaker might not perform any sound miracles, but it does well, remaining audible even when the smartphone is placed on a surface like a table or chair owing to its curved chassis. The sound does not distort even at maximum volume.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

LG's Leon thwarted our attempts of measuring its power requirement with the Voltcraft VC870 digital multimeter. We could not evoke any useful rates, but that did not have an impact on the battery life assessments.

Battery Runtime

LG installs a removable lithium-ion battery that can supply the Leon LGH340N with 7.2 Wh. That translates to a decent, although not exceptional battery life. LG's Leon manages to browse on the Internet via Wi-Fi for 6 hours and 50 minutes, and 6 hours 21 minutes in the slightly more demanding version 1.3 of our Wi-Fi test. However, the smartphone has to take last place in the comparison since all contending products have more stamina. Sony's Xperia M2 and LG's G2 Mini are particularly convincing here; they do not need external power until after 11 and 16 hours respectively.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 22min
WiFi Surfing
6h 50min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 21min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 35min
LG Leon LGH340N
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Zenfone 5
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB eMMC Flash
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
Microsoft Lumia 640
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Sony Xperia M2
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
Battery Runtime
20%
89%
5%
52%
WiFi
410
545
33%
1003
145%
686
67%
WiFi v1.3
381
502
32%
Load
215
229
7%
284
32%
166
-23%
293
36%
H.264
543
294

Pros

+ Quad-core processor
+ Android 5.0
+ Bright screen
+ LTE
+ NFC
+ Accurate GPS module
+ Low temperature development
+ Decent battery life
+ Affordable

Cons

- No HD screen
- Few camera settings
- Weak front-facing camera
- Low usable storage capacity

Verdict

In Review: LG Leon LGH340N. Test model provided by LG Deutschland.
In Review: LG Leon LGH340N. Test model provided by LG Deutschland.

LG has a nicely designed smartphone in its lineup with the 4.5-inch Leon LGH340N. It has quite a bit of value to offer and only a few shortcomings despite its budget price, including an extensive interface configuration including LTE and NFC, and a bright and viewing angle stable IPS screen. LG's Leon is also based on a good performance foundation with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 quad-core processor, Qualcomm's Adreno 306 graphics chip and 1 GB of RAM, and it remains pleasantly cool in use.

LG proves that a low price does not have to exclude a decent total performance with its LGH340N.

More plus points are rewarded for the solid 5-megapixel camera and the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop OS. LG's smartphone is not a high-flyer in terms of battery life, but it delivers enough power for a whole workday.

It can be tolerated that an HD screen is not installed in view of the price, especially since LG's Leon displays sharp content despite its relatively low resolution of 854x480 pixels. However, the webcam is not convincing. Its VGA resolution is not really ideal for selfies and video chats. The 8 GB of nominal storage sound good on the spec sheet but are reduced to a low 3 GB making an expansion via a microSD card almost a must.

LG Leon LGH340N - 05/06/2015 v4(old)
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
68 / 75 → 91%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
95%
Battery
90%
Display
80%
Games Performance
52 / 63 → 83%
Application Performance
25 / 70 → 36%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
65 / 91 → 71%
Camera
72%
Average
73%
83%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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