The decision of LG not to attend the MWC and the subsequent cancellation of the fair by the GSMA, led the company to renew its mid-range phone in mid-February. That renovation was materialized in three models: the LG K41S, the LG K51S, and the LG K61, but while the first two arrived to succeed the LG K40S and the LG K50S, respectively, the LG K61 debuts numbering.
It is a 6.53-inch terminal with a quad camera and a 4,000 mAh battery as its main attractions. Next, we tell you how the LG K61 behaves in each of the sections.
LG K61 datasheet
|SCREEN||6.53-inch IPS-LCD (19.5: 9)FullHD + resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels)|
|PROCESSOR||Helium P35 (MT6765)|
|STORAGE||128GB + micro SD up to 2TB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 9.0 Pie|
|REAR CAMERA||48 MP f / 1.798 MP f / 2.2 Wide Angle (118º)5 MP f / 2.4 Depth2 MP f / 2.4 Macro|
|FRONTAL CAMERA||16 MP f / 2.0|
|DRUMS||4,000 mAh with fast charge|
|CONNECTIVITY||Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C, 3.5mm jack|
|OTHERS||7.1 channel DTS-X 3D sound, MIL-STD 810G certified, rear fingerprint reader, Google Assistant button|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||164.5 x 77.5 x 8.49 mm191 g|
Good finishes, better screen
The first element that sets the LG K61 apart is its good finishes. It’s true that LG has chosen polycarbonate for this smartphone, but the unit’s rounded edges and polished titanium color offer it an appealing look. Additionally, the sides of the back are slightly bent, thus facilitating its grip, so it feels good in the palm, although slippery. Its weight of 191 grams for a 6.53-inch device with a 4,000 mAh battery does not seem excessive to us.
The back remains completely smooth, except for the presence of the fingerprint reader, the LG logo, and the four camera sensors, which are housed in a horizontal module next to the flash. Only two drawbacks in this design section: on the one hand, this module protrudes quite a bit from the body, causing dirt to accumulate around it and increasing the risk of scratching the lenses, and on the other hand, the glossy finish of the back is a magnet for prints.
Turning the phone around, we found a front dominated by the 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen with FullHD + resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19.5: 9 aspect ratio and a maximum brightness of 400 nits. This panel offers good viewing quality in general terms, even at forced angles and outdoors. Auto brightness also behaves correctly on most occasions.
The LG K61’s first good finishes are the highlights. It is true that LG has opted for polycarbonate for this mobile device, but the rounded edges and the shiny titanium color of our unit give the whole thing an attractive appearance. In addition, the sides of the back are slightly curved, making it easier to grip, so that it feels nice, albeit somewhat slippery, in the hand. Its weight of 191 grams does not seem excessive for a 6.53-inch model with a 4,000 mAh battery.
The back remains completely smooth, except for the presence of the fingerprint reader, the LG logo and the four camera sensors, which are housed in a horizontal module next to the flash. Only two drawbacks in this design section: on the one hand, this module protrudes quite a bit from the body, causing dirt to accumulate around it and increasing the risk of scratching the lenses, and on the other hand, the glossy finish of the back is a magnet for prints.
Turning the phone around, we found a front dominated by the 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen with FullHD + resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19.5: 9 aspect ratio and a maximum brightness of 400 nits. This panel offers good viewing quality in general terms , even at forced angles and outdoors. Auto brightness also behaves correctly on most occasions.
In this case, LG has chosen to house the front camera in a hole in the upper left corner , thus favoring better use of the front, although in our opinion, the edges could have been adjusted a little more, especially the lower frame.
In the screen settings, the phone offers us the possibility of hiding the hole with a band of different colors at the top
Despite the darkening that is generated around it, we do not dislike the solution of the perforation , but if so, the phone offers us the possibility of hiding it with a band of different colors on top. Night mode and reading mode with adjustable blue light filter are also appreciated.
In the sound section, the LG K61 has a single speaker at the bottom, next to the headphone jack and the USB-C port. That speaker doesn’t deliver powerful sound precisely, but the quality is pretty good for a phone in this category. In addition, it has an equalizer in the settings and allows you to activate 7.1-channel DTS: X 3D Surround sound when connecting an audio device. Incidentally, the headphones that are included incorporate volume control and come with interchangeable tires.
The Helio P35 complies without great fanfare
Inside, the LG K61 hides the MediaTek Helio P35 processor (MT6765), an eight-core chipset that runs up to 2.3 GHz and which, in this model, is accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage . On a daily basis, it offers a smooth operation, without sudden closings or problems when moving from one app to another in multitasking.
Yes, we have suffered a jump when scrolling on a web page or on social networks, a slight lag in certain games and some slight blockage in the camera app, but nothing that hinders everyday tasks . Here we leave you the results of the main benchmarks:
|LG K61||HUAWEI Y6S||REALME 6I||REDMI NOTE 8T||SAMSUNG GALAXY M30S|
|PROCESSOR||Helium P35||Helium P35||Helium G80||Snapdragon 665||Exynos 9611|
|GEEKBENCH 5 (SINGLE / MULTI)||166 / 1,012||–||386 / 1,322||308 / 1,341||–|
As an operating system, it is striking that it does not bring Android 10 as standard, but comes with Android 9 Pie and the manufacturer’s customization layer: LG UX. Be that as it may, this software offers us many more customization options than pure Android and several tools that can be useful to us, such as Smart Doctor, the optimization mode for games and the recorder.
Despite the bloatware, this software offers us many more customization options than pure Android and several tools that can be useful to us
In any case, the navigation is fluid and it is not an excessively heavy layer. Of course, we find the usual dose of bloatware , which includes some duplicate apps and several third-party apps (five Gameloft games and the Booking app, specifically), although the latter can be uninstalled without problems. Of the 128 GB of capacity, we have about 106 GB free to start. Is that not enough for you? You can always resort to a microSD card of up to, attention, 2 TB.
LG has provided this phone with some add-ons, such as the MIL-STD 810G military resistance certification, the NFC for mobile payments or the Google Assistant button
In addition, LG has provided this phone with some additions, such as the military resistance certification MIL-STD 810G, the NFC for mobile payments, the dedicated button for Google Assistant, the dual SIM function and the possibility of having duplicate applications with different profiles and accounts in each of them (Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype, Snapchat, etc.). The sum of all this makes the LG K61 an alternative to take into account, although it is somewhat lower than several competing Chinese models that move in that price range (read Realme or Xiaomi).
|Full connectivity: NFC, USB-C, dual SIM, 3.5mm jack…|
Good finishes and good construction.
Screen display satisfactory.
|More versatility is missing in a quad camera.|
Fair performance for everyday tasks.