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LG K61 review: Mid-range with a befitting performance

LG K61 review

With the new LG K61 review, we see that the midrange phone from LG is positioned with all its balanced attributes so that nothing is missing or left over.

LG K61 review

LG recently renewed its mid-range, giving users even more possibilities tailored to their needs. The mid-range has already become a big bubble in which any of us can find a phone.

LG K61 specifications

Android 9.0 Pie with Dual App
MediaTek Helio P35 Octa-Core 2.3 GHz processor
6.53-inch IPS-LCD In-Cell Touch with FHD+ resolution (2,340 X 1,080) FullVision format (19.5: 9) and perforated camera
4 GB RAM
128 GB storage with microSD (up to 2TB) support
Main camera: Quad config with a 48MP (f / 1.79) main lens, a 118º and 8MP (f / 2.2) wide angle, a 5MP (f / 2.4) portrait lens and a 2MP macro lens (f / 2.4)
Front camera: 16MP (f / 2.0) lens
Connectivity : Dual-SIM + SD, WIFI (802.11 a / b / g / n / ac) Dual band, WIFI Direct, Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, NFC, USB-C
Battery : 4,000mAh (integrated)
Others : Fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, MI-STD 810G military endurance certificate
Dimensions : 164.5 x 77.5 x 8.49mm
Weight : 191g

LG K61 review
LG K61 review

Design

At first sight, we notice simple lines and good finishes. The screen is 6.5 inches and the front camera is inserted in it in the upper left corner. In the back are the four cameras plus the flash, aligned. On the left side are the volume and lock buttons and separated from the rest, on the right side is the button for direct access to the Google Assistant.

The mini jack connection is combined with charging via USB-C. The weight is 191 grams, it is a midweight phone, so depending on your previous phone it might feel bulky or featherweight. The exterior is made of highly polished polycarbonate, giving it a shiny, steel look. This body type can be slippery at times, but LG makes up for it with the detail of including a Jelly case inside.

Screen

The screen is 6.53 inches IPS-LC In-Cell Touch panel with FHD + resolution and FullVision format. A very good screen compared to other mid-range phones, with good viewing angle and in outdoors, the automatic brightness sensor works perfectly. Thanks to the inclusion of the front camera in one of the corners the screen is better used. Despite everything, the edges are not all as tight as we would like, but still the ratio is very good.

If you want you can hide the front camera with a band and it also has a night mode and an adjustable reading filter.

LG K61 review
LG K61 review

Cameras

On the front, there is a a single 16-megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 aperture, while the rear cameras consists of a main 48-megapixel f / 1.79 sensor, an 8-megapixel f / 2.2 wide-angle at 118-degrees, a 5-megapixel sensor for depth, and a 2-megapixel sensor for macros. We must also add the LED flash and Full HD video recording (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) capabilities at 30fps.

The camera app presented by LG offers us a carousel with the shooting modes ‘Portrait’, ‘Video’, ‘Photo’ (automatic), ‘AI CAM’ (supported by artificial intelligence) and ‘More’ where Among others, we find the Panoramic, Food and Macro modes (they can be added to the carousel). There are also shortcuts to settings, flash, filters, and timer. All quite intuitive and at hand, except for the HDR, which is activated within the Settings.

The cameras are correct, giving us good resolution and detail when conditions are optimal.

Performance and battery

The LG K61 incorporates a MediaTek Helio P35 processor , an eight-core chipset that runs up to 2.3GHz and which, in this model, is accompanied by 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. In general, the operation is quite correct and works smoothly in social networks and games, but from time to time the phone needs to be restarted and lets us choose when we want it to.

The phone has a 4,000mAh battery, which according to the brand, offers up to 610 hours of standby time. At the moment of truth, with a medium use (which is what a model of this category is intended for), the LG K61 gives us about 7 hours of screen use, allowing us to reach the end of the day without having to charge the phone.

It also allows us to activate the adaptive battery to limit the consumption of apps that are not used frequently and includes two energy saving modes: Extended and Maximum. In addition, it supports fast charging, so it is possible to go from 0 to 100% in just over 2 hours.

Software

The LG K61 comes with Android 9 as standard, the next-to-last version of Android, and carries the customization layer of LG UX. Thanks to this layer, we have several customization options, such as change the design of the themes, logos or wallpapers. Of course, if we want to use them we will have to sign up for this LG service, once we have an account we can have some free content and the rest that can be bought for a fee.

LG also incorporates its own applications to enjoy the ecosystem of other LG products, such as Smart World. It also includes applications that can be very useful like Smart Doctor to detect what is going wrong on your mobile. It also comes with some free bloatware such as four games installed from Gameloft and the Booking app. Of the 128GB of capacity, we have about 106GB free to use.

Conclusion: LG K61 review

The LG K61 is a perfectly balanced mobile, its cameras and processor being its strong sides. The problem is the version we had needed to reboot from time to time to adjust some parameters, although it is true that it gives us the possibility to choose the time of the reboot sometimes this can bring some problem. On one occasion, after one of these restarts, the mobile phone did not unlock when pressing the lock button when it was locked and it was necessary to press for a minute so that the unlock screen would appear and the same thing happened when a call was being received. To get rid of this, we needed to format the phone. Seems like an easy firmware fix, but the question is, when will LG do that?