LG has launched its budget smartphone under W-series, dubbed as LG W30. The phone is priced at Rs 9,999 for the single 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage variant. The device comes in Thunder Blue and Platinum Grey color options. The smartphone is available for sale exclusively at Amazon India. The W30 comes with a host of interesting features. Let’s find out in our Review whether it justifies its tag as one of the best budget smartphones under Rs 10,000.
LG W30 Design and Display:
The LG W30 comes with a premium look and design. The rear panel is made of polycarbonate plastic body with a brushed aluminum pattern, giving it a great look under lights. We have picked up the Platinum Grey variant, and we admit it looks very stylish for a phone in this price segment.
The front side of the smartphone comes with a water-drop notch with slim side bezels. The device weighs around 172g, but it did not feel too heavy. Volume controls and power buttons are placed at the right side of the phone, while the left side houses a hybrid SIM slot. The micro USB port and speaker grille are placed at the bottom side, while the top sports a 3.5mm audio jack and microphone. The rear panel has a triple camera setup at the left, fingerprint sensor at the middle, and LG branding at the bottom. Overall, LG W30 looks very premium with standard design language.
LG W30 sports a 6.26-inch HD+ FullVision display, with a screen resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels, and 19:9 aspect ratio. The display looks good with vivid colors and average sharpness. During our review, we observed good viewing angles and brightness levels under direct sunlight. LG is offering an option to hide the notch from settings, which seems like an interesting customization option.
LG W30 Performance and Software:
The LG30 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, paired with 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage which can be expanded via microSD card. We did not find any issue with day to day tasks and casual gaming. This processor is not capable of running heavy games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 at high resolution. PUBG is playable at low graphics by default, but we did find lags and stutter during the game.
LG W30 runs on Android 9.0 Pie with near stock Android experience. Thankfully the device did not come preloaded with too much bloatware. The company has added some smart features like double tap to wake up and lock screen, flip to mute, smart gestures, Digital Wellbeing and many more. The W30 comes with Widevine L3 certification, which means you can’t play HD content on video apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
LG W30 Camera:
LG W30 features a triple rear camera setup, sporting a primary 12MP low light Sony IMX486 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, a 13MP wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone comes with a 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.
The rear camera captures decent pictures during daylight conditions with a good amount of details, but we found the colors a bit washed out in nature. Wide-angle images come with less detail and visible noise. The Bokeh mode did not look natural. We have also found a lag with the autofocus system. Low light shots were quite dark with much noise and fewer details. The camera has different modes such as Video, Photo, Bokeh, Beauty, Night, Panorama, Time Lapse and Slow Motion.
The 16MP front-facing camera captures good selfies with natural colors and a good amount of detail. The LG W30 can capture up to 1080p video. Video quality was average during daylight conditions. The smartphone lacks electronic image stabilization.
LG W30 Battery and Connectivity:
LG W30 is fueled by a 4000mAh battery with 10W charging support, which easily lasted a whole day on a single charge. Connectivity options include dual-band 4G VoLTE, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio, micro-USB port, and a 3.5 headphone jack.
LG has done enough to claim W30 as a top performer in the budget segment with great design, good display, and excellent battery life. The phone tries its best to hide the minuses like poor cameras and processor through an overall likeable performance. But you can instead prefer to go for better options under Rs 10,000 such as direct competitors Redmi Note 7S, Realme 3 (Review) and Samsung Galaxy M20.