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Review: LG Q60, affordable with superior performance

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Smartphone manufacturer, LG launched the Q60 globally in February 2019 and the device came to South African shores in July. The mid-range device offers premium features and stylish design at an affordable price. With high-quality displays and AI-powered functionality, this device features LG’s HD+ FullVision display at 6.26-inches with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The device is focused on two basics features that today’s smartphone customers covet the most: battery life and camera performance. We have been using the phone for just over a month now and it’s safe to say that LG has delivered on its promise. In the box, the LG Q60 comes with a USB power adapter with matching MicroUSB cable and a SIM needle to open the SIM/microSD card slot as well as a pair of headsets. In South Africa, the Q60 is available in Moroccan Blue.

The Q60 is a stylishly designed smartphone with slim bezels that make it comfortable to hold and use one-handed. The front of the device is dominated by a large screen with the selfie camera placed right at the top. On the left of the phone, you will find the volume key and the Google Assistant button while the power button is placed on the right. The NanoSIM / microSD card slot also sits on the left. LG placed the fingerprint sensor on the rear just below the camera and it has a socket for a 3.5 audio jack placed at the bottom.

The LG Q60 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core processor. This provides enough power to run many everyday apps easily. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card. The LG Q60 is delivered with Android Pie version 9. In addition to various third-party software, LG also installs its own applications, such as LG SmartWorld. The device is also supplied with background images, ringtones, fonts and themes.

When it comes to the camera, the Q60 sports an impressive selection of quad cameras – one front and three rear, AI CAM, Dual Front camera (Normal & Wide-angle, Selfie Bokeh effects, Google Lens, Portrait Mode 2.0).

The front-facing camera is located in a water drop cut-out to maximise the FullVision display for comfortable viewing, playing, and communicating.

The AI CAM intuitively recognises objects it sees and recommends the ideal shooting mode for the best results – this is great for users wanting to try their hand at creating quality content for Instagram and other social media platforms.

The LG Q60 is powered by a 3,500mAh Li-Polymer battery capacity which is non-removable. This is enough to  take you along the entire day with a single charge.

A feature that stands out is the YouTube live, it allows users to-with just one click- record a Youtube video and share with the world in an instant. This is perfect for all the content creators out there. The phone has other add-on features such as Smart Rear Key, Music Flash, Eco playback, Drag & Drop, Cropshot, Linkshot and more.

When on a call, the LG Q60 offers a good volume and transmits both participants’ voices clearly. Noise filtering functions relatively well, which make conversations possible even in louder environments.

For its price range, the device performs pretty well for normal everyday usage. The smooth touch screen ensures pleasant drag-and-drop movements. The memory and the camera performance make the Q60 look not very good at first glance, but the added value of a Google Assistant key is an added benefit.

Battery life is also very good, which is generally one of the most important features of a smartphone for users. It was a little disappointing though trying to find the right screen protector and cover for the device.

By Fundisiwe Maseko
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