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MWC19 | LG unveils new Q and K series budget smartphones ahead of MWC 2019

LG has announced new mid-range phones in the Q and K-series. (Source: LG)
LG has announced new mid-range phones in the Q and K-series. (Source: LG)
Ahead of MWC 2019, LG has announced three new budget smartphones in the Q and K-series. The LG Q60 offers a triple-camera setup and higher onboard storage while the LG K50 and K40 are oriented at more price-conscious users. All phones sport an unnamed 2.0 GHz octa-core SoC and LG's FullVision display HD+ panels along with support for DTS:X audio and AI Cam.

We've been expecting LG to reveal the budget K40 smartphone ahead of MWC 2019, but the South Korean giant has now announced a total of three new phones — the Q60, K50, and the K40 — to cater to those who need good features at reasonable price points. All three devices feature an unnamed 2.0 GHz octa-core SoC and LG's HD+ FullVision displays.

The Q60 is the top offering of the bunch and it features a 6.26-inch HD+ 19:9 FullVision display with a water drop notch for the front-facing camera. The Q60 also features three rear shooters including a 16 MP primary sensor with PDAF, a 5 MP Super Wide Angle lens, and a 2 MP Depth Sensor. There is 3 GB RAM and 64 GB of onboard storage with microSD expansion up to 2 TB. A 3,500 mAh battery keeps the phone ticking for all-day usage.

Next in line is the K50 that sports mostly identical specs to the Q50 including the presence of a water drop notch in the 19.5:9 6.25-inch FullVision display for the selfie shooter. The K50 differs from the Q50 with respect to the onboard storage (32 GB) and the rear cameras. Unlike the Q60's triple camera setup, the K50 uses a more conventional 13 MP+ 2 MP dual camera setup. The K50 is endowed with a 3,500 mAh cell just like the Q60.

Finally, we have the budget K40 with a 5.7-inch 18:9 FullVision display, 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB of onboard storage. From what we've known so far, the K40 could also be marketed for business customers as it finds a mention in Google's Android Enterprise Recommended list. The phone offers a no-frills spec sheet that includes a single 16 MP primary camera and an 8 MP selfie camera along with a 3,000 mAH battery.

All the above models come with support for DTS:X 3D surround, LG's AI Cam for scene detection, a fingerprint sensor, and a dedicated Google Assistant button. These phones are also MIL-STD 810G compliant for durability.

The table below provides a specs overview for the three models announced today.

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LG Q60 LG K50 LG K40
Chipset 2.0 GHz Octa-Core 2.0 GHz Octa-Core 2.0 GHz Octa-Core
Display 6.26-inch 19:9 HD+ FullVision Display 6.26-inch 19.5:9 HD+ FullVision Display 5.7-inch 18:9 HD+ FullVision Display
Memory 3GB RAM / 64GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB) 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB) 2GB RAM / 32GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Camera – Rear: 16MP with PDAF / 2MP with Depth Sensor / 5MP with Super Wide Angle

– Front: 13MP
– Rear: 13MP with PDAF / 2MP with Depth Sensor

– Front: 13MP
– Rear: 16MP with PDAF

– Front: 8MP (LED Flash)
Battery 3,500 mAh 3,500 mAh 3,000 mAh
Size 161.3 x 77 x 8.7 mm 161.3 x 77 x 8.7 mm 153.0 x 71.9 x 8.3 mm
Network LTE / 3G / 2G LTE / 3G / 2G LTE / 3G / 2G
Others DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / AI CAM / MIL-STD 810G Compliance / Fingerprint Sensor / Google Assistant Button DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / AI CAM / MIL-STD 810G Compliance / Fingerprint Sensor / Google Assistant Button DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / AI CAM / MIL-STD 810G Compliance / Fingerprint Sensor / Google Assistant Button

The new Q and K-series phones will be on display in LG's booth at MWC 2019 from February 25-28. We are also expecting LG to show off their flagship V50 ThinQ 5G and the G8 ThinQ at the event so watch this space for more updates.

LG Q60. (Source: LG)
LG Q60. (Source: LG)
LG K50. (Source: LG)
LG K50. (Source: LG)
LG K40. (Source: LG)
LG K40. (Source: LG)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-02-20 (Update: 2019-02-20)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.