Review LG K62: charming body, but without differentials [análise/vídeo]

Refined body, more attractive photographic set, stretched canvas and hardware that doesn’t animate much. This is the recipe for LG K62, mid-range smartphone that hit stores in October 2020 alongside the LG K52 and K62 +. The device features a quad camera, 4,000 mAh battery and dedicated Google Assistant button.

But is it worthwhile to bet on the intermediate model? I tested the K62 and answered this and other questions in this review.

Review of the LG K62 on video

Ethics notice

O Tecnoblog is a technology-independent journalistic vehicle that helps people make their next purchase decision since 2005. Our product reviews are opinionated and have no advertising intent. For this reason, we always transparently highlight the positive and negative points of each product.

No company, manufacturer or store has paid the Tecnoblog to produce this content. Our reviews are not reviewed or approved by external agents. The K62 was provided by LG on loan. The product will be returned to the company after testing.

Design

The K62 is a K62 + only with reduced internal storage and a front camera with fewer pixels. Color is another differentiator: no white or black, this model is available in bolder options, like blue and red.

The first color is my favorite and it went really well on this device. Even more because LG took the bluish tone to the edges, which gave an even more interesting finish. Although they look like metal, these sides are made of plastic and, to protect all this work, LG added a case to the box.

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

The company also got it right by adding the fingerprint reader built into the on / off button, so the rear is more clean. This still reminds me that LG itself recognized the word “cooktop”, during the launch of the device, to speak of the camera module, which is very beautiful, by the way.

In addition, we have a headphone jack at the bottom near the speaker, while on the left side are the dedicated Google Assistant button and the chip and memory card drawer.

Screen and sound

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

The K62 gained a 6.6-inch TFT LCD screen with HD + resolution (1600 x 720 pixels) and a 20: 9 aspect ratio, well stretched and with less edges compared to the K61. The position of the selfie camera also changed and started to be in the center, without the notch, very reminiscent of the Galaxy A51.

Regarding quality, the K62 followed the brothers and delivers a half-darkened display and visualization is impaired even indoors. At least the automatic brightness is accurate and it can be useful for you not to be adjusting the intensity all the time.

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG could launch this device with OLED screen and deliver Full HD + resolution, at least. Despite this, the configuration adopted by the brand must perfectly meet less demanding consumers.

The sound is not so loud, but the situation improves when using the headset. You can also activate the LG 3D Sound in the quick access bar, which adjusts the audio according to the content, so it can be an interesting resource for those who play games, watch movies or series frequently on their cell phones.

Software

It comes standard with Android 10 and the company, as we know, does not inform if the device is ready and if it can receive Android 11 in the future. Knowing LG, the update may even happen in the coming years if the tests are successful. But it is good that you are already aware of this obstacle in South Korean politics.

Android 10 on LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Android 10 on LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Despite having a lot of apps pre-installed unnecessarily, LG’s interface is not bad. The user has the possibility to configure and customize it as he wishes; the settings app is lean and easy to navigate; and the Google Assistant button is a differentiator, but it would be even better if I could configure it for other functions.

The disabled app drawer still strikes me on branded devices, since most Android phones come with this area enabled by default. If you also miss it, just go to settings and authorize the display.

Cameras

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Camera is another highlight of the K62, so much so that the South Korean has reserved a huge space on its website to exalt the performance of the group. But does it please? First, let’s get to know each one: the main camera has 48 megapixels, the ultrawide has 5 megapixels, we still have the macro of only 2 megapixels and it closes with a depth sensor also of 2 megapixels, ideal for the portrait mode that works to blur the bottom.

Let’s start with the main one that, for the category, even does a good job. The sharpness is good, the colors are strong and the device tries hard to keep the exposure balanced. Chromatic aberrations can appear at one point or another in the image, but I did not find the end of the world as in Nokia 5.3 with its deficiency in working in environments with trees. The depth sensor, on the other hand, requires a little patience to be able to focus, but overall, the delivery is satisfactory.

Photo taken with the main camera of the LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the main camera of the LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the main camera of the LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the main camera of the LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photographing with ultrawide left me with the feeling of evaluating the main camera of an entry phone, because the quality is similar. The images are blurred and the noise is even more visible at the edges.

Photo taken with the LG K62 ultrawide camera (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the LG K62 ultrawide camera (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

For night records, the manufacturer highlights pixel binning technology that combines four pixels to form a 12-megapixel image with brighter light. In practice, the device even produces a good photo depending on the scenario, but graininess appears when there are many challenges, especially lighting.

Photo taken with the main camera of the LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the main camera of the LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the LG K62 macro camera (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the LG K62 macro camera (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

The macro, on the other hand, has myopia and will deliver a reduced image without definition. It would be more interesting to offer at least 5 megapixels of resolution, as Samsung does in some intermediaries.

Moving to the front camera, I liked the result, mainly because I appreciate the natural. However, it is worth noting that this quality is only obtained in scenarios with good lighting conditions. If it is the other way around, you can expect unclear selfies with dark spots of light.

Photo taken with the front camera of the LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the front camera of the LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Hardware and battery

We arrived in hardware and again I have to pull the ear of LG for delivering to the consumer a 2020 cell phone with a 2018 processor. It would be very interesting to have the K62 with a Snapdragon 662, for example, but here we have a Helio P35, octa chip -core of 2.3 GHz and 4 GB of RAM. Popular everyday apps run well, but I felt that Instagram was kind of stuck and not smooth in my test unit. The Twitter and Facebook apps performed better.

Asphalt 9 with graphics up to the maximum, but with all the limitations you might already imagine, so don’t forget to leave it in the default. The classic Subway Surf, as expected, it runs very well without any difficulty.

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

To store your data, the LG K62 comes with 64 GB of internal memory, it could be 128 GB, but that capacity was exclusively for the K62 +. At least it is feasible to place a microSD up to 2 TB.

Like other LG middlemen, the K62 has a 4,000 mAh battery. With the brightness at maximum, I spent two hours on Netflix, an hour on YouTube, 10 minutes taking pictures and ended with 15 minutes of Asphalt 9. The battery was 100% and dropped to 61%, an excellent result and shows that the K62 should serve many users who need the device with a full charge for the whole day.

Regarding power, with only 2% of battery, the 10-watt charger made the device reach 80% after 1h24min and another 39 minutes to complete the charge, a good result.

LG K62: is it worth it?

The LG K62 was launched for R $ 1,799, a number that clearly harms the company even more, given that the Galaxy M21s, for example, delivers AMOLED screen, a better processor and is sold for R $ 1,699 on the official website . We can make another comparison with the Redmi Note 9 which also stands out for the battery and has more internal memory, as an option, and is on sale for about R $ 1,400 at retail.

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

LG K62 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

The “good news” is that today, in 2021, the K62 has already devalued and is found for up to R $ 1,300. The intermediary has an ok photographic set, excellent autonomy and a beautiful design, but it is still difficult to indicate a product with questionable performance and without an update schedule.

In addition, there was a big difference for him to be more distant from the brothers. Samsung manages to do this very well and it would be nice to see LG enter this ring to win over other audiences with OLED screen, super battery and, above all, more performance.

LG K62

Pros

  • Beautiful design and beautiful color
  • Battery is the K62’s forte
  • Big screen is interesting to watch movies and series

Cons

  • Without differentials
  • Poor performance (again)
  • LG doesn’t even talk about Android 11
  • OLED screen would be a great differentiator

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