How LG Mobile is getting back into a smartphone business!
LG Mobile India is looking to redeem itself as a leader in a mobile space! Can they do it?
Yes, LG mobile can do it!
LG India has a potential to beat most of the smartphone brands that have recently tasted success. We wouldn’t want to name them, but if you have been actively following Indian smartphone scene, then, you’d probably know.
While LG might still be counted as an incumbent player in the industry, they lack in the number of users in India when compared to its competition. And that is why LG mobile embarked on a journey to redefine its smartphones. The impact of this new found attitude can be seen in their recent range of phones. Let’s dive into this!
What does LG have to offer a premium range in India?
LG has been offering its G series as a premium range of handsets over the years. G5 was introduced in 2016, while G6 saw its introduction in 2017.
LG G5 – Rs 24,990
LG mobile took a bold approach when they introduced a semi-modular smartphone in 2016. Nothing like anything in the most literal sense. LG G5 was teased as the Modular Phone and a one step forward in the modular phone technology going mainstream. Unfortunately, that didn’t take off as LG wanted, it didn’t succeed in creating a revolution, but was received quite well for its sturdy design despite sporting a modular design.
This LG mobile phone came with a 5.3-inches LCD display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution display. The interesting addition on the screen was the always-on feature. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, this handset came with a 4GB RAM and a 32GB internal storage, which could be expanded via a microSD card slot. Apart from the modular design, the highlight of this LG phone was the dual rear camera. Where one was just a regular sensor with 16 MP f/1.8 aperture and other one was a wide-angle 8 MP f/2.4 aperture sensor. All this was powered by a 2800 mAh capacity battery.
LG G6 – Rs 36,990 (Launched at Rs 55,000)
With its next iteration in G Series, LG mobile shifted gear from modular design to an edge-to-edge design. A reason behind introducing such design on LG G6 was the popularity of a bezel-less design. The year 2017 is for bezel-less phone and LG couldn’t have afforded to lose on a trend. Sporting a large 5.7-inches display, this LG mobile phone comes with a 2K resolution display. Furthermore, the screen is also compliant with Dolby Vision and HDR10 content.
The only thing that this LG new mobile didn’t get it right is the chipset. It is underpowered by some GHz as it uses an older generation Qualcomm processor. A Snapdragon 821 is used instead of a Snapdragon 835 processor. It’s sad to know that LG didn’t step up it’s RAM game as it still sticks to a 4GB RAM. Well, you shouldn’t worry much about RAM, as this phone is capable of multitasking and can handle intense tasks as well.
Introducing a 13 MP dual rear camera with similar optics setup, one regular and one wide-angle lens, LG steps up its camera game by addition of a 3-axis feature on a primary rear camera. On the front, you get a measly 5 MP sensor that has an aperture of f/2.2. Running on an Android Nougat based custom interface, this LG mobile uses a 3300 mAh capacity battery.
Which is the dual display smartphone from LG that I’m hearing about?
LG mobile introduced a dual display smartphone in late 2015 as a secondary flagship device, but it went on to become quite popular as LG later introduced two iterations, V20 and V30. Unfortunately, LG didn’t bring V10 to India, whereas LG V20 came to India last year, and V30 is on waiting.
LG V20 – Rs 29,990 (Launched at Rs 60,000)
This LG mobile is probably the reason why a company is still making feel its presence in the premium segment. Sporting high-end specifications, LG V20 have a dual screen to tease, where the main screen is 5.7-inches in size and packs a 2560 X 1440 pixel resolution. The secondary display is present on the top right corner, which is a 2.1-inches in size and packs a 160 x 1040 pixels resolution. This screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad-core processor, it is accompanied by a 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. If you want to expand storage, then that can be done via a microSD card slot. In optics department, LG V20 offers a dual rear camera setup where a primary sensor is of 16 MP with f/1.8 aperture and secondary sensor is of 8MP with f/2.4 aperture. This optics setup is ideal for low light photography and taking landscape shots. It is powered by a 3200 mAh capacity battery.
LG V30 – Not Yet Launched in India
Probably the best premium smartphone introduced by LG mobile so far. Unfortunately, it’s not yet launched in India. But do expect LG India to introduce it in India anytime later this year. Why is it quoted as the best LG phone yet? Well for starters, it comes with a true edge-to-edge design and it’s the first time LG mobile is using an OLED screen on their smartphone. This 6-inches handset redefines LG’s premium V Series as there is no secondary display on this one. Improvements in terms of the screen include HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 support.
Equipped with a latest and greatest Qualcomm chipset of the year, LG V30 embraces Snapdragon 835’s presence as it packs massive power. But you might not like that there is only a 4GB RAM available, even for the 128GB storage model. LG mobile hasn’t embraced a 6GB or 8GB RAM on their handsets so far. In terms of optics, the camera setup is improved with a higher resolution secondary camera on the rear. The 16MP + 13MP sensors shower the love for photography enthusiasts as both of these sensors are capable of impressive low-light photography. LG uses a 3300 mAh capacity battery to power their V30 smartphone.
Are there any affordable smartphones from LG that I can buy?
Yes, of course! LG mobile enters into a mid-range competition by introducing their first Q series handset, LG Q6. You could call it a mini variant of an LG V30. For consumers craving a bezel-less experience on an LG mobile, this is a must own handset.
LG Q6 – Rs 14,990
LG Mobile has made a phone that makes your gaming, movie streaming, and browsing experience to a whole new level. With a FullVision display on LG Q6, they wanted to expand your view, which is why they introduced an 18:9 ratio screen that claims to bring a new dimension to your smartphone viewing experience. Certified by the military standard metal grade, this LG mobile uses a strong 7000 series aluminum, which is designed to better endure an impact on the ground.
Instead of an OLED screen, LG Q6 uses a 5.5-inches LCD screen that has a pixel resolution of 1080 x 2160. It is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for any kind of accidental scratches when it falls on a hard surface. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, it packs a 3GB RAM and a 32GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256 GB via MicroSD card slot. Optics department packs in a 13 MP rear camera that comes with a f/2.2 aperture. This LG mobile is powered by a 3000 mAh capacity battery.
Why are LG mobile phones being picked up despite offering no high-end specifications?
> Competitive pricing: LG launch their handsets at a premium price and then they reduce the price tag. Of course, the early buyers would be pissed off, but the handset gets eventually picked up by users in India. This strategy of pulling down price weeks after their handset is launched has been working out for them.
LG is trying extremely hard to get back into business and it’s appreciative! But do you really think getting back into mid-range business is good for them? Probably yes, probably no! Only time would tell.
What do you think of the LG Mobile phones in India? Are you an LG mobile user? Tell us why they would and wouldn’t come back as a leader in the market. Shoot your feedback in the comments section below.