LG K20 V / K20 plus
LG today reported second quarter earnings and the news was mixed. While three of its four business units saw growth, its Mobile Communications Company saw flat income and an operating loss of $117.4 million. LG blamed its quarterly performance on weaker than expected sales of its flagship smartphone, the G6, and an increase in component costs. LG showed off the G6 at the Mobile World Congress event in February and the device reached world markets in April. It's a premium metal-and-glass smartphone with a unique 18:9 display and dual cameras. LG said its mobile unit did see a 13% increase in sales across North America thanks largely to strong performance of its mass-tier handsets, such as the K20 and Stylo 3. LG hopes things will get better. "The introduction of the new Q series and the rollout of a new high-end device in the weeks ahead are expected to bolster the company’s performance in the second half of 2017," it said in a statement. The high-end device in question is likely the V30, a follow-up to last year's V20. LG has a press event scheduled on August 31 during the IFA trade show, which will take place in Berlin.
MetroPCS today announced several promotions that run for a limited time. Customers who switch two lines to MetroPCS, for example, can score two LG K20 Plus handsets for free. Customers who add a line can snag the LG Stylo 3 Plus, or any device priced less than $99, for half price. Last, customers who subscribe to the $40 6 GB plan can add extra lines to their plan for $25 each, or switch to two unlimited lines for $80 per month. The unlimited plan limits video to 480p standard resolution and doesn't permit tethering. During network congestion, MetroPCS will throttle unlimited customers who exceed 32 GB of data in a single billing period. MetroPCS is owned and operated by T-Mobile.
T-Mobile recently rolled out its own variant of the LG K20 and the phone has somewhat better specifications when compared to the Verizon variant of the same handset. The T-Mobile K20 includes the same 5.3-inch 720p display and 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, but improves RAM to 2 GB of RAM and storage to 32 GB. The phone boasts a 13-megapixel main camera with flash and a 5-megapixel front camera with selfie flash. It can record video up to 1080p HD. Other features include a 2,700mAh removable battery, microSD memory card slot, and Android 7 Nougat. The LG K20 Plus is already for sale from T-Mobile for $200. The K20 Plus is also known as the K10 (2017).
Verizon Wireless today added the low-cost LG K20 V to its lineup of Android smartphones. The K20 V features a metal frame and rear-mounted fingerprint reader for security. The phone has a 5.3-inch 720p display and it is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The phone boasts a 13-megapixel main camera with flash and a 5-megapixel front camera. It can record video up to 720p HD. Other features include a 2,800mAh removable battery, microSD memory card slot, and Android 7 Nougat. The phone is available in stores and online today. The full retail price is $168, but Verizon is asking for just $99 with a two-year activation.
LG updated its K-series phones this week, refreshing its more affordable Android lineup with improved specs and features. The K10 — the new K10, that is — adds a fingerprint sensor and spruces up the design. We checked it out.
LG has announced a handful of K Series handsets that round out its roster of affordable devices. Shared features between the devices include removable batteries, Bluetooth 4.x, WiFi, support for 3G/4G networks, and support for memory cards.
- K10: The largest of the new devices, the K10 has a 5.3-inch, 720p touch display that's covered by 2.5D curved glass. The phone boasts a metal frame and measures 7.9mm thick. The K10 is powered by a 1.5 GHz octa-core MediaTek processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It has a 13-megapixel main camera with a 5-megapixel user-facing camera. The K10 includes a fingerprint sensor, NFC, and the battery rates 2,800mAh. The phone will ship with Android 7 Nougat.
- K8: This slightly smaller handset has a 5-inch 720p screen and is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor with 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It has a 13-megapixel main camera with a 5-megpaixel user-facing camera and advanced camera functions. The K8 includes NFC and the battery rates 2,500mAh. The phone will ship with Android 7 Nougat.
- K4: Like the K8, the K4 has a 5-inch 720p screen. It is powered by a 1.1 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. It supports memory cards up to 64 GB. Both the front and rear cameras have 5-megapixel sensors, and the battery has a capacity of 2,500mAh. The K4 ships with Android 6 Marshmallow.
- K3: The smallest and least expensive of the bunch, the K3 has a 4.5-inch FWVGA display. It is powered by a 1.1 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. It supports memory cards up to 32 GB. The main camera has a 5-megapixel sensor and the front camera has a 2-megapixel camera. The K3 has a 2,100mAh battery and ships with Android 6 Marshmallow.