“The new LG K7 and K10 are the brand’s first smartphones to have been manufactured in India”
Following up with the Indian Prime Minister’s Make-in-India campaign, LG launched its latest budget smartphones, both of which have been manufactured in India. The company aims at offering premium features for a reasonable price with the newly launched LG K7 and K10. Both the smartphones feature handy builds, eye-catching designs and ship with a couple of interesting software features as well. However, despite belonging to the currently raging budget segment, the phones do not sport trending features like metal builds or fingerprint readers. We got to check the devices out at and here are our first impressions.
Both the LG K7 and K10 come fully loaded with curves... with 2.5D arc displays, curved back panels and corners. The company calls this a 'pebble' design. The back panels on both the phones are textured, with the one on the K10 featuring a woven pattern. Everything about the design of the LG K7 and K10 work together to offer optimum grip and handiness. The K7 and K10 are 5-inch and 5.3-inch devices respectively, and hence, can easily be operated with one hand. Since both the LG K7 and K10 look exactly the same, save their rear panels and screen sizes, we've used only the K10’s images, hereafter.
LG has used its trademark button placement on the devices, as a result of which, you do not find any buttons on the edges. Instead, the power button, sandwiched between two volume keys, has been placed on the rear panel of the phone, right below the camera module. Since both the LG K7 and K10 are compact smartphones, the placement of the buttons is not exactly convenient, and the fingers extend right past the keys. The back panel also carries some minimal branding, and the loudspeaker grille.
The rest of the port placement pretty standard, and exactly similar on both the phones. You find a micro-USB port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a primary microphone on the bottom spine, while the top edge houses the secondary microphone. The sensors, earpiece and front camera flank the display from above. LG has gone for capacitive navigation keys, wasting a lot of real estate below, and utilising it for more branding. Instead of the usual set of a home key, back key and an overview key, the Korean giant has included a Switch SIM key, making the navigation buttons a set of four.
The back panels on both the phones, being textured, are scratch resistant, which is always a plus. The overall design of both the phones does catch the eyes, however, these are not one of the most stunning budget smartphones we’ve seen lately.
The LG K7’s 5-inch display sports FWVGA resolution, while the 5.3-inch screen on the K10 is HD. Again, not the sharpest you can find in the segment. The colours look slightly washed out, however, the brightness seemed adequate. The screens on both the devices are highly reflective, so you could find it difficult to work with the phones in bright sunlight. The viewing angles were average.
The LG K7 comes powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with four cores, clocked at 1.09GHz, which comes mated to 1.5GB of RAM. The K10 on the other hand hides an octa-core chip by Qualcomm, clocked at 1.1GHz and aided by 2GB of RAM. While we did not exactly cruise through the applications, and changing screens, the overall usage, still felt snappy enough. We’ll have our final say out once we’ve stress tested both the devices.
In terms of storage, the K7 ships with 8GB… approximately half of which you get for your use. The K10 offers 16GB of built-in memory, and you’ll 10.6GB available for personal use.
The phones run Android Lollipop, with LG’s custom skin on to, but the UI remains mostly stock. You'll find only a few third-party apps like Evernote pre-installed.
The K7 sports a 5MP-megapixel shooter on its back, and a 5MP front-facing snapper, as well. The K10 can shoot stills at 8-megapixels with its primary camera, while for selfies, its utilises a 5-meg shooter. The default camera UI on the both the devices is same. You get LG’s signature Gesture Shot and Gesture Interval Shot, which require making a fist in front of the camera sensors, once to click a selfie, or twice to capture a series of four selfies. There are other shooting modes and filters, and the app offers a very basic assortment of camera settings.
Talking about the fuel, the larger of the two LG K siblings comes backed by a 2,300mAh battery, while the smaller one gets a 2,125mAh unit. Considering the screen sizes, resolution and other specs, the batteries on both phones should be enough to make them last a day. LG has also provided a Low Battery mode for when you’re facing a power crisis. On the connectivity front, both the LG K7 and K10 are 4G VoLTE devices, and also offer VoWi-Fi, with the rest of the connectivity options being standard.
The LG K7 and K10 are interesting devices for their prices, which are Rs 9,500 and Rs 13,500, respectively. However, smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review) and the LeEco Le 1s (review) are fairly loaded and offer so much more than the latest LG K duo, in the same price range. We will be reviewing both the devices soon, to see how they stack up against their rivals.