LG K20 vs LG K20 Plus vs LG K20 v – Differences & Similarities

There are 3 variants of LG K20 based on different carriers. LG K20 belongs to AT&T, LG K20 V is from Verizon and K20 Plus is available with T-Mobile & MetroPCS. Mostly they are the same with a few differences. We are going to point out the differences and similarities between the 3.

First of all, Let’s check out the differences between the 3.

What’s the Difference between LG K20, LG K20 Plus & K20 V

1. Price & Release Date – LG K20 vs K20 Plus vs K20 v

PRICE & RELEASE DATELG K20 LG K20 PlusLG K20 v
Model NumberM255MP260/TP260VS501
Release DateAugust 2017December 2016March 2017
Current PriceAround $70Around $90Around $80

All the 3 variants of K20 released within a span of 6 months. First came LG K20 Plus in December 2017, then K20 v and finally K20 in August 2017.

K20 from AT&T is the most trimmed down version among the 3. It currently sells for around $70 (New phone) at eBay.com
K20 v (Verizon) and K20 Plus (MetroPCS / T-Mobile) sells at a little higher price.

2. Build & Design – LG K20 Plus vs K20 vs K20 v

BUILD & DESIGNLG K20 LG K20 PlusLG K20 v
Dimensions149.9 x 76.2 x 7.6 mm (5.9 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches)148.6 x 75.1 x 7.8 mm (5.85 x 2.96 x 0.31)147.3 x 73.6 x 7.6 mm (5.8 x 2.9 x 0.3)
Weight5.0 oz (141.7 g)4.94 oz (140 g)4.71 oz (133.5 g)

 

The 3 phones are almost identical with slight variation in weight and dimensions. You can check the weight and dimension of each phone in the above table.

3. Display & Camera – LG K20 v vs K20 Plus vs K20

DISPLAY & CAMERALG K20 LG K20 PlusLG K20 v
Display Technology/Type TFT LCDIPS LCDIPS LCD
Gorilla Glass/Glass Screen Protection
Panda Glass (T-Mobile Variant) Panda Glass
Rear Camera Image Resolution 8 MP13 MP13 MP

K20 from AT&T has a TFT LCD display with no Glass Screen Protection. K20 Plus MetroPCS has an IPS display but lacks Gorilla Glass.

K20 v and K20 T-Mobile have IPS display as well as Glass screen protection. T-Mobile K20 Plus comes either with Panda or Gorilla Glass 3. LG K20 v from Verzion comes with “Panda King” Glass screen protection.

K20 Plus and K20 v have 13 MP camera. The camera is degraded on K20 AT&T. It has an 8 MP camera.

4. Network & Connectivity – LG K20 Plus vs K20 vs K20 v

NETWORK & CONNECTIVITYLG K20 LG K20 PlusLG K20 v
GSM/CDMAGSMGSMCDMA + GSM
CarrierAT&TT-Mobile/MetroPCSVerizon
Wifi TetheringOnly on AT&T network

Screen Mirroring / MiracastOnly via Chromecast
Only via Chromecast

K20 & K20 v are GSM phones and cannot work on CDMA networks even after unlocking.  Verizon’s K20 v is a CDMA + GSM phone which can work on either of the 2 networks.

Similar to other AT&T phones, the Mobile hotspot on K20 works only on the AT&T network. Even after unlocking the phone you cannot use Wifi tethering with other GSM networks such as Straight Talk, MetroPCS, T-Mobile, Cricket, etc.

There is no “Cast” option on the 3 variants of LG K20. As a result, Screen Mirroring can be done using Chromecast only as it uses the Google Home app for Mirroring.

After flashing the Lineage OS custom ROM on K20 Plus, we can use the Cast option and mirror the K20 Plus screen on TV using Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Microsoft Wireless Adapter, Chromecast, etc.

5. Hardware & Storage – LG K20 vs K20 Plus vs K20 v

HARDWARE & STORAGELG K20 LG K20 PlusLG K20 v
Internal Storage/Memory/ROM16 GB (usable up to 8.9 GB)32 GB ( usable up to 23.21 GB)16 GB (usable up to 8.9 GB)
RAM1.5 GB2 GB2 GB

Only K20 Plus comes with 32 GB of internal storage. Maybe the “Plus” represents the extra storage space on K20 Plus.

K20 and K20 v have 16 GB internal storage out of which hardly 9 GB is the usable storage space. However, on K20 & K20 v you can move apps to SD card and set it as the default storage space.

While K20 v and K20 Plus have 2 GB RAM, the AT&T variant has been stripped down to 1.5 GB RAM only.

6. Battery – LG K20 Plus vs K20 vs K20 v

BATTERY LG K20 LG K20 PlusLG K20 v
Capacity2800 mAh2700 mAh2800 mAh
Battery Life/Talk TimeUp to 14 hrsUp to 14 hrsUp to 31 hrs
Standby Time Up to 14 days & 14 hrsUp to 17 daysUp to 12 days & 12 hrs

The battery capacity of K20 Plus is 2700 mAh while that of K20 & K20 v is 2800 mAh. The approximate battery life of each phone as stated by the manufacturer can be checked in the above table.

The real-world battery life figures would surely differ.

7. Root Status – LG K20 vs K20 Plus vs K20 v

Root & Custom ROM Status LG K20 LG K20 PlusLG K20 v
Root Compatible


Bootloader Unlock Compatible


Custom ROM Availability


Only K20 Plus has an unlockable bootloader among the 3. Thus, only K20 Plus can be rooted. K20 & K20 v have locked bootloader with no provision for unlocking as of now.

K20 Plus can even have Custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AICP, Resurrection Remix & Incipient OS.

Similarities between LG K20, LG K20 Plus & K20 v

Similarities between the 3 LG K20, K20 Plus & K20 v
BUILD & DESIGN
ColorBlack
Body MaterialPlastic
Removable Battery
Memory Card Slot/Expandable MemoryUp to 2 TB
Waterproof
DISPLAY 
Screen Size5.3 inches
Aspect Ratio16:9
Screen Resolution/Wallpaper Size1280 x 720 pixels
Contoured/Curved Edge/Arc GlassYes
Pixel Density277 ppi
NETWORK 
Sim Size/TypeNano
GSM Unlock StatusLocked
SENSORS 
Accelerometer
Gyroscope/VR Compatibility
Magnetometer/Digital Compass
Fingerprint Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
CONNECTIVITY 
USBMicro USB 2.0
USB OTG
Wifi
GPS
MHL/Slimport/HDMI Compatible
NFC/Android Pay/Android Beam
IR Blaster/TV Remote
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Notification LED Light
Handwriting/Stylus Support
Quick Charge/Fast Charging
Wireless Charging/Qi-enabled
3D Virtual Surround Sound
MEMORY/STORAGE
Expandable Memory
Maximum SD card capacity/SD card sizeUp to 256 GB
HARDWARE
Processor/CPU1.4 Ghz Quad Core
Chipset28 nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917
GPUAdreno 308
SOFTWARE  
Android VersionAndroid 7.0 Nougat
User InterfaceLG UX 5.0
Face Recognition / Face UnlockYes, via Smart Lock
Flashlight
Google Assistant
Multi-Window / Split Screen
CAMERA  
REAR
Autofocus
Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
FlashSingle LED Flash
ZoomUp to 4x, Digital Zoom
Video Resolution1080p @ 30 fps
HDR
Face Detection
Slow Motion
Time Lapse
Manual Controls
Video Stabilization
FRONT
Image Resolution/Megapixels5 MP
Selfie Flash
Video1080p @ 30 fps

The above table shows the similarities between the 3. It would hardly matter as the 3 phones are almost the same so most of the features are common between them. You can use the above table to check out those features which are missing from all of them.

 

CONCLUSION

From the above comparison, we realized that K20 Plus and K20 v are almost identical with the only difference being the internal storage space and network technology (GSM vs CDMA).

The AT&T K20 is the lowest specced K20 variant with cheaper LCD (TFT vs IPS), no Glass Screen Protection, 8MP camera (vs 13MP), less storage space (16GB vs 32GB), and a lesser amount of RAM (1.5 GB vs 2 GB).

So among the 3, K20 Plus is the best choice and its rootable as well as specced higher than the rest of the two.

 

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