Looks and display
Already in the past, LG showed its versatility in the design of its smartphones, with a lot of elegance, be it for beginners - up to the sophisticated devices. The K50 also stands out here, with its slightly shimmering case and the large 6.26" display in cinema format. LG deliberately opted for an HD+ panel with a resolution of 1520x720 pixels and a pixel density of 268.67 ppi. This protects the battery and enables a longer overall runtime. The case is otherwise kept very simple. As material LG uses a plastic which makes the whole device, despite the size, very light. The dual lens camera is located on the back, with one lens working purely as a depth sensor. On the right side is the power button, on the left side the volume rocker and another button to start the Google Assistant. All buttons have a very good pressure point,
Processor and equipment
The LG K50 is equipped with the MediaTek Helio P22 MT6762, an Octa Core processor divided into two clusters: 4 x 2.0 GHz and 4 x 1.5 GHz.
This processor is tuned for all daily tasks and thanks to the good GPU IMG PowerVR GE8320 it also manages most action-packed games without any problems. The smartphone comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB memory. Additionally a MicroSD card can be inserted.
Android 9 is used as the operating system, which LG only discreetly extends with functions - which I absolutely welcome. By this decision, it results in a very stable system which also reacts smoothly to quick inputs without large dropouts.
What I particularly like about the LG K50 is the camera, which is clearly important to me as a photographer. Thanks to 13MP and an aperture of f/2.2, you can take great pictures in daylight. The LG stands out in this price segment. With the AI function, you can actually get more out of the photo. For clarification I have put together some photos which were all taken with the smartphone.
LG gives the K50 a second optic that is exclusively responsible for the bokeh effect. It captures depth information and provides a balanced portrait photo with a blurred background. Selfies are also great thanks to a very good front camera with 13MP resolution and a f/2.0 aperture!
LG is absolutely not lumpen with the equipment of the mobile radio unit. The K50 supports all German LTE bands, connects super fast with the radio cells and achieves a very good download rate in the rather moderate German mobile network. A rarity of smartphones is the Dual-Sim capability with two separate slots as well as the possibility to use a MicroSD card in parallel. This makes the smartphone also very suitable for commercial purposes.
Of course, a WLAN module that supports all modern standards should not be missing.
Additionally on board are Bluetooth version 5.0 LE, A-GPS and Glonass for navigation as well as NFC.
With many very cheap smartphones, the feature list would change at this point, but not with LG. So besides the mentioned functions there are the following sensors on board:
I think it's an absolute must-have. The must-have is located on the back and is super fast and precise.
The following are also used in a lot of games and apps:
- Proximity sensor
- ambient light sensor
Sound & Audio
In this category, LG relies on the good cooperation with DTS, especially when it comes to music enjoyment with headphones. The exclusive feature "DTS:X" improves the sound output in a targeted way and creates a surround sound despite the stereo output. This makes the K50 a small, mobile private cinema, thanks to the cinema format display. In addition, the LG has two microphones for sound recording and does everything right when it comes to telephony. The conversation partners are loud and easy to understand, and your own voice is also transmitted clearly and well. Of course, this should be expected from every phone, but is often a difficult topic even with premium devices. Here LG makes a great figure.
My personal conclusion
The LG K50 is a great entry-level mid-range smartphone with a good price/performance ratio. Thanks to the great camera, it's a lot of fun to fill social media channels with content. The jack plug is nice to be able to connect wired headphones. With the DTS:X function you can even get a lot out of the sound, so the enjoyment of film and music is much more fun. Processor, RAM and internal memory are very well coordinated, the expandability with a MicroSD and two SIM cards is nice.
|Display||15,90 cm (6,26 Zoll)
Resolution: 720 x 1520 px • HD+
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie)|
|CPU||Octa-Core (64 Bit)
|Memory||3,0 GB RAM
32,00 GB Speicher
Expandable with microSD-Card, microSDHC-Card, microSDXC-Card up to 2.000,0 GB
|data transmission||EDGE, HSPA (42,00 MBit/s), LTE (300,00 MBit/s), Bluetooth|
|SIM-Slot||Nano-SIM (Dual-Sim ready)|
|mobile telephony (MHz)||GSM||850, 900, 1800, 1900|
|UMTS||850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100, 1800|
|Maincamera||13,0 MP f/2.2|
|Front-camera||13,0 MP f/2.0|
|Size||161,3 mm x 77,0 mm x 8,7 mm|