LG has rolled out their latest budget Android smartphones in India, the LG K10 LTE and LG K7 LTE. Both the smartphones were unveiled at CES 2016, and come with a very stylish looking shell. The K10 LTE comes with better specs and bigger display size compared to the smaller K7 LTE. The LG K10 is priced at INR 13,750 and here is a quick overview and gaming review of the bigger sibling.

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LG K10 LTE Specifications

Key SpecsLG K10 LTE
Display5.3 inches IPS
Screen Resolution720 x 1280 p
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.2 GHz quad-Core
ChipsetSnapdragon 410
Memory2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 32 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 2300 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight142 gms
Price INR 13,500

LG K10 LTE Unboxing

The K10 LTE comes packed in a white coloured box that looks pretty basic but it has a distinct way to open. You have to cut away the seal on the bottom left and undo the upper flap. Open the flap from the right side of the box and uncover the top layer. You will find the handset kept right on top.

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Rest of the box contents are placed neatly under the handset.

Box Contents

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  • K10 LTE handset
  • Earphone
  • Battery
  • User manual
  • 2-Pin charger
  • USB 2.0
  • Flip Cover

Physical Overview

The LG K10 LTE comes packed in an elegant looking body. It has a 5.3 inch display with a good looking 2.5D arc glass screen. The sides are very thing, as they do not reside any buttons on any side. The volume rocker and lock button is on the back, which gives a good control but it is difficult to access when the phone is laid flat on its back. It is totally made up of plastic with shiny edges painted in chrome that looks good. The back has a rubber like gradient texture that enhances the look and feel, and also it is easy to grip in one hand. The built quality is good, and it feels sturdy while holding. It looks totally different from any other budget phones that we have seen recently.

The front has the speaker on the top, front camera and sensors.

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Moving downwards, you will find the LG branding at the bottom with the on-screen navigation keys.

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3.5 m audio jack is located at the bottom; there is also micro USB port and a microphone.

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The camera module and flash are at the top of the back panel with the power button and volume rocker just below the camera.

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Moving downwards, you’ll find the LG branding at the center and the loudspeaker grill on the bottom left.

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LG K10 LTE Photo Gallery

User Interface

The K10 LTE runs on Android 5.1.1 with the LG’s own custom UI on top. The UI looks like a vintage Android theme. It comes with an app launcher, the notification panel has been tweaked with additional options and the settings menu looks totally different. Settings menu is categorized in to different parts.

It also has some pre-loaded apps like SmartWorld, RemoteCall Service, Quick Memos + and more. The UI looks very simple and does not lag at any point.

Gaming Performance

To test the gaming capabilities of this smartphone I ran the usual Dead Trigger 2 and Modern Combat 5 on this device. It comes with a Snapdragon 410 processor which is now a past for upcoming smartphones , but LG has done great optimization with the software and hardware. 2 GB RAM is good enough to handle games like these. It was easily handling Dead Trigger 2 with high graphic settings and did not show any lag or stutter in between the gameplay. Modern Combat 5 was also easily playable but I notices the game getting slower in between busy graphics. Heavy games like Asphalt 8 can be played but I am not sure if it can give you a lag-free experience.

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The heating was well under control, the battery got a little warm but the body was restricting the heat to reach your hand.

LG K10 LTE Performance and Benchmark Scores

The device performs good while doing basic stuff like browsing, texting, using social networking apps and more. The software optimization is done pretty impressively and LG is always known for the same. It has 2 GB of RAM, which is below the standard these days but still does a fair job while multitasking. You cannot expect it to handle heavy processing and gaming as it’s never easy for a device with Snapdragon 410 and 2 GB RAM to stand up to this mark.

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Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
AnTuTu (64-bit)27335
Quadrant Standard 12433
Geekbench3Single-Core- 452
Multi-Core- 1270
Nenamark54.7 fps

Conclusion

At INR 13,750,  LG has played a gamble with by keeping this phone high on looks and average on performance. But let me tell you, the specs look below par on paper but the actual performance of the phone is quite impressive. I really liked the display and the design but the UI is something that does not compliment the looks that well.

Someone who is looking for a phone full of features under this price segment can find better options online, but LG has a habit of keeping it low but makes sure of the quality.