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LG reveals trio of budget devices ahead of MWC, including triple camera phone

LG's latest budget phones offer Google Assistant buttons, 3D surround sound, and AI-powered scene recognition.

Published onFebruary 20, 2019

The LG Q60, LG K50, and LG K40.

We already know that the LG G8 ThinQ will be shown off at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. But the Korean brand has also peeled the curtain back on several budget devices ahead of the Barcelona event.

The LG K40, LG K50, and LG Q60 won’t be threatening flagships any time soon, but they all boast the company’s FullVision screens (5.7-inches for the K40, and 6.26-inches with a waterdrop notch for the rest), AI-powered scene/object recognition, rear fingerprint scanners, DTS:X 3D surround sound, and a Google Assistant key. All three phones are also packing an unnamed 2Ghz octa-core chipset.

The LG Q60 is the top-end model of the bunch, sporting 3GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 3,500mAh battery, a 13MP selfie shooter, and a triple rear camera setup (16MP, 5MP ultra wide angle, 2MP depth sensor).

Meanwhile, the LG K50 is next in line, delivering 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 3,500mAh battery, and a 13MP selfie camera. There’s no triple camera combination here though, so you’ll need to make do with the 13MP+2MP pairing instead.

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LG’s least capable device of the lot is the K40, which features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 3,000mAh battery, and an 8MP front-facing snapper. Don’t expect a dual or triple rear camera solution here, as you’ve got a solitary 16MP main camera.

These phones will need to be reasonably priced if the company hopes to claw back market-share from the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi. This is especially pertinent after LG announced full-year losses of over $700 million for its mobile division in 2018. But the firm hasn’t released pricing just yet, only saying they would be “exceptional” in this regard.

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