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LG on 26/01/2021 launched the K42 which is a budget android smartphone in India priced at Rs.10,990 & these are my honest thoughts about it.
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1. Form Factor [8.6/10]
- Dimensions: 165.0 x 76.7 x 8.4 mm & Weight: 182 gms.
- Build: Corning Gorilla Glass front, Plastic back & frame. It features MIL-STD-810G certification for durability which is excellent.
2. Features [8/10]
The device comes with pretty great features which includes,
- Important sensors: Fingerprint & Gyroscope.
- Connectivity options: Dual-Band WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C 2.0 port, GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS & Beidou), Dual SIM (dual nano SIM, dual 4G, VoLTE) & dedicated Micro SD card slot.
- Audio features: Single speaker & 3.5mm headphone jack. It also supports LG 3D sound engine.
3. Battery [7.8/10]
Device comes with Li-Po 4000 mAh battery which supports 10W fast charging. The battery life should be pretty great as it features,
- Bigger battery size.
- 12nm fabrication of the SOC.
- 10W fast charging.
Battery Life Stats
SOT [Screen on Time]: Upto 6:30 hrs average.
Battery Life: Upto 2 days average.
4. Performance [7.8/10]
Device comes with Mediatek Helio P22 12nm SOC & runs Android 10 OS with LG's interface on top. The overall performance should be pretty great as it features,
- 8 ARM-Cortex A53 CPU clocked at 2.0 Ghz with PowerVR GE8320 GPU.
- 3GB LPDDR4X RAM & 64GB eMMC 5.1 Storage.
5. Display [7.6/10]
Device comes with 6.6 inch display which should offer great quality as it features,
- IPS LCD 60Hz refresh rate panel with HD+ [1600 X 720 pixels] resolution.
- Pretty great 266 ppi sharpness & 20:9 aspect ratio.
6. Camera [7.5/10]
Device comes with  rear cameras with LED flash &  front camera. The overall camera quality [image & video] should be pretty great [8/10] in day & good [6.2/10] in night as it features [camera features 0.4],
- Main: 13MP with f/2.2 Aperture, 27mm wide-angle lens, 1/3.1" sensor size, 1.12 micron pixel, PDAF & HDR.
- Ultrawide: 5MP with f/2.2 aperture, ultrawide-angle lens with 115 degree FOV, 1.12 micron pixel & 1/5.0" sensor size.
- Macro: 2MP with f/2.4 aperture.
- Depth: 2MP with f/2.4 aperture.
- Video recording options include FHD [1080p@30fps]. It features Macro mode, Portrait mode & more
- Front: 8MP with f/2.2 aperture, wide-angle lens.
- Video recording options include FHD [1080p@30fps].
7. Box Contents: LG K42 [Device itself], Adapter, Type-C cable, Guides / Paper work, Warranty card & SIM tool.
8. Price, Variants, Colors & Availability
1 Price: Rs.10,990.
1 Variants: 3+64GB.
2 Colors: Grey & Green.
Availability: Available from 26/01/2021 via,
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9. Pros, Cons, GadgetGuruBN Product Rating & VFM Rating
|+ Excellent build||- Better SOC could be used|
|+ Pretty great features||- Display quality could be slightly better|
|+ Pretty great battery||- Camera quality could be slightly better|
|+ Pretty great performance||- Slight premium price|
|+ Pretty great display|
|+ Very good camera|
1. Product Rating: 7.88/10.
2. VFM Rating: 7/10.
3. GadgetGuruBN Rating: 7.44/10.
10. Final Words
Summing up my thoughts the LG K42 is a pretty great smartphone at a pretty good price, Also do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
11. Why you should buy this smartphone?
If you are looking for a pretty great smartphone that offers excellent build in the 11K budget than this smartphone might be the best option for you. It also offers 2nd year free limited warranty along with one time free screen replacement.