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LG K4 unboxing and hands-on review

LG unveiled its new mass tier handset range, the K Series, at CES 2016 and now we have the baby of the bunch, the LG K4 in to unbox.

The K Series is comprised of a growing number of handsets, fleshing out LG’s 2016 lineup by giving it broader market appeal, but the K4 is the starting point, the smallest, most modest and most affordable of the lot.

The box adopts the new design style LG’s used with other 2016 devices (like the LG X Screen) – a predominantly white package with accents of colour, namely in the phone’s name, placed on the front of the box and with the curved element along the lower edge.

Pull the tab up and the first thing you’re greeted with is the K4 itself. Its low weight hints at the lack of battery inside and its plastic form highlights its low-level standing. The phone’s entire body, including the front look and feel to be made of plastic. The removable back is lightly textured for grip and the form of the phone as a whole is smooth and well rounded to ensure a comfortable feel in the hand. Even before switching it on you’ll notice that there are now capacitive keys, suggesting that the Android 5.1.1 user experience that the K4 offers relies on on-screen controls instead.

Putting the phone to one side, removing a couple of tabs lets you lift out the phone’s shelf from within the box revealing the important bumpff; namely warranty information and a quick start guide should you need a little help getting the phone set up. Underneath the paperwork are an individually wrapped USB power adapter and a colour-matched black USB to microUSB lead. Whilst LG doesn’t specific on the box, the phone’s 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core chipset does technically support QuickCharge 2.0, but you’ll need to source your own adapter to test out such functionality.

Speaking of charging, the final piece of the puzzle is the battery, which is the last thing remaining in the box. A 1940mAh cell paired to a phone with such modest hardware as the K4’s should ensure respectable longevity of, at a guess, up to a couple of days, depending on usage.

Other specs for the LG K4 include a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480) IPS LCD panel, 5 and 2-megapixel rear and front cameras respectively (both with flash functionality – LED on the back and screen-based on the front), 1GB of RAM to back up the processor and 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.

The LG K4 is a small, low-end 4G-capable handset, making it an interesting proposition at £99. Stay tuned for the full review soon.

You can grab the LG K4 from O2 for £49.99


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