LG K42
10,990
Highlights
  • 64 GB Storage / 3 GB RAM
  • 13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP Quad lens Primary Camera, 8 MP Front Camera
  • 6.6 inches 720 x 1600  pixels Display
  • Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22, Octa Core
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

LG K42: Specs Score

  • 3.5
    Camera
  • 3.5
    Battery
  • 3.5
    Display
  • 3.5
    Value for Money
  • 3.7
    Performance
Rated at 73.5%
  • Display: 3.5/5
    6.6-inch HD+ FullVision display
  • Camera : 3.5/5
    Basic quad-camera setup
  • Processor : 3.7/5
    Improved processor for mid-range smartphones
  • Battery : 3.5/5
    4000mAh battery without fast charging
  • RAM : 3.7/5
    8GB RAM for multitasking
  • Storage : 4/5
    Dedicated microSD card slot
  • 4G/5G : 4/5
    Lacks 5G support.

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LG K42: Price

LG K42: Review

Pros
  • MIL-STD-810 military-grade certification for rugged build
  • Quad-rear cameras with 13MP primary sensor
Cons
  • Dated Android 10 OS
  • Entry-level MediaTek Helio P22 processor

LG K42: Design

The LG K42 is the newest member of the South Korean brand’s budget smartphone portfolio in India. The device is amongst the few budget-oriented smartphones which have MIL-STD810G military-grade certification which protects the device from natural elements such as dirt and water. The rear panel also has a horizontal-lining pattern which is different from the usual gradient surface found on the majority of smartphones. The camera module is in square-shape and is a storehouse for four sensors and an LED flash. The front of the device also brings along the modern design aspects. There is a punch-hole which is placed at the center-top. The bezels are thin on all corners; except for the chin. It is an LCD panel that is 6.6-inches in size and has an 83.1 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display comes with 720 x 1600 pixels resolution, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and 266 PPI pixel density.

LG K42: Hardware Performance

The LG K42 is an entry-level smartphone that makes use of the MediaTek Helio P22 processor. This is an octa-core processor that is based on a 12nm processor and is paired up with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU that takes care of the graphics department. We have seen multiple devices powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor and the performance can be vouched for basic tasks. The processor is paired up with 3GB RAM and a 64GB storage option. The gaming experience will be better only with low-end games. High-end gaming wouldn’t be lag-free.

LG K42: Price To Specs Ratio

The LG K42 is priced at Rs. 10,990 in the Indian market. You get the device with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration. In this price bucket, there are several models which you can buy. Specifically, you get numerous options from Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi, Realme, Vivo, and Oppo which are priced under Rs. 10,000 and offer similar or better hardware. But, the specialty in which this device has the Military-grade certified body which only a few handsets in this segment offer.

LG K42: Camera Specifications

The LG K42 uses a four-lens camera module at the rear with a 13MP primary sensor which is paired up with a 5MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with 125-degree FoV. The rear camera setup also has a pair of 2MP sensors for macro and depth photography. While the sensors aren’t high-end, they are sufficient enough for imaging when there is ample light in the surroundings. The rear camera setup will be capable of clicking HDR images and also Panorama shots. The video recording supported by the rear camera setup is 1080@30fps. Coming to the selfie camera, the punch-hole has an 8MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. The front camera is also capable of recording 1080p@30fps videos.

LG K42: Important/ Highlight Feature

The LG K42’s unique features are the walkie-talkie feature which you can use with a click of a button. The device gets its power from a 4,000 mAh battery unit which supports standard 10W charging. The setup is sufficient to run the device through more than half a day on a single charge. The security is taken care of by a physical fingerprint scanner which is integrated on the side panel.

LG K42: Verdict

The LG K42 is a decent offering in its segment. It grabs all the attention with its MIL-810G military-grade certification that makes it a rugged handset. The quad-lens setup and a punch-hole design are what makes it further ahead of the competitions. The major drawback here is the entry-level MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The device would have got some additional points if it came packed with a slightly higher-range chipset.

LG K42: Specifications

GENERAL
Operating System Android OS 10
Device type Phablet
Sim Dual SIM
Colours Gray, Green
ANNOUNCED
Status Available in India
Global Release Date September, 2020
Indian Release Date 22 January, 2021
BODY
Dimensions 165 x 76.7 x 8.4 mm
Weight 182 g
DISPLAY
Screen size 6.6 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Screen resolution 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~266 ppi density)
Touchscreen Capacitive Touchscreen
Form Factor Touch
PROCESSOR
Chipset Mediatek MT6762 (Helio P22)
CPU Octa Core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU IMG PowerVR GE8320
STORAGE
Internal Storage 64 GB Storage
RAM 3 GB RAM
External Storage Up to 2TB
Card Slot microSD Card
Phonebook Unlimited
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Call Records Unlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera 13 MP (wide) + 5 MP (f/2.2, ultra-wide) + 2 MP (f/2.4, depth) + 2 MP (f/2.4, macro) Quad Camera with LED Flash
Front Camera 8 MP Camera
Video Recording 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
Camera Features Geo Tagging, HDR
MULTIMEDIA
Audio Player MP3, eAAC+, FLAC, WAV, WMA
Video Player H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV, Xvid, DivX
Games Yes
Speakers Yes
Audio Jack 3.5mm Audio Jack
BATTERY
Type Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
CONNECTIVITY
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
GPS Facility with A-GPS
Browser HTML5
NETWORK SUPPORT
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G VoLTE
MORE FEATURES
Sensors Fingerprint Sensor (side-mounted), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer
Other Features Face Unlock, MIL-STD 810G Compliance, Google Assistant Button
Videos

LG K42: FaQs

  • Is the LG K42 available for purchase in offline stores?

    Yes, the smartphone is available in retail stores and can also be purchased on Flipkart.

  • Is the LG K42 heavy in Weight?

    The smartphone is a little heavy in weight. It weighs about 182g.

  • LG K42 alternatives?

    The Infinix Smart Plus 4 and the Moto G8 Power Lite can be considered as an alternative to the LG K42.

  • How is the selfie camera of the LG K42?

    The LG K42 has an 8MP front camera sensor.

  • Does the LG K42 have a notch display?

    Yes, the handset does have a U-shaped notch.

  • Is the storage of the LG K42 expandable?

    Yes, the storage is expandable(2TB) via a microSD card.

  • Should I buy the LG K42?

    If you are searching a budget-centric phone with good battery life, expandable storage, you can pick the LG K42. Besides, it also offers 13MP quad-rear cameras.

  • Does the LG K42 support the 5G network?

    No, the smartphone doesn't support the 5G network.

  • What is the Android version on the LG K42?

    The handset ships with Android 10 OS.

  • What colors are available for the LG K42?

    The phone is available in Green and Blue color options.

How do we rate a Device?

Rating a smartphone is a tedious process and a lot of parameters have to be considered before judging the overall performance of the device such as display, camera, processor, RAM, storage, battery, and the pricing.

So, here are how these specs will affect the real-life usage of a device and why how we meticulously consider each of these points to rate a smartphone.

Camera

Cameras have evolved a lot over the last few years and multi-camera setup is a new norm. We consider various parameters like MP count, aperture size, pixel size, image stabilization to rate a camera system of a smartphone out of 5. Any device that scores more than 3.5 can take good photos and videos and if a phone scores over 4, then it will be one of the best camera smartphones in the market.

Battery

Though battery seems like an underrated feature and we look at the battery capacity, fast charging supporting technology, and even the wireless charging capability is also taken into consideration to rate smartphone's battery capability.

Display

The display is the face of a smartphone. And there are a lot of parameters like the panel technology (IPS LCD, OLED, TFT) and other parameters also taken into consideration like the resolution, pixel density, and refresh rate.

Value for Money

A smartphone could have great specs, but if it is not priced well then you might not get the best value-for-money. So, we compare a smartphone with the contemporaries to rate the value-for-money of a device out of 5.

Performance

This aspect is decided on various sub specifics, such as availability of microSD card slot, the amount of RAM the device offers, processor capability, and the network support. This parameter has more weightage when compared to other departments.

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