LG K30 vs LG Stylo 4 vs LG Stylo 5 – Difference between K30, Stylo 4 & Stylo 5

LG K30 falls between Aristo 3 & Stylo 4 in MetroPCS / T-Mobile Prepaid phones lineup. It’s not the bare basic entry-level android smartphone, yet it lacks on many fronts when compared to the LG Stylo 4.

In this post, we’re going to compare LG K30 with Stylo 4 & Stylo 5. At first, we are going to point out the differences and later on check out what they share in common.

So, Let’s start the battle –

lg k30 vs stylo 4 vs stylo 5

The Left one is LG K30, the middle one is Stylo 4 and one on the right is the newly released LG Stylo 5

difference between lg k30, stylo 4 & stylo 5

 

Difference Between LG K30, Stylo 4 & Stylo 5 – MetroPCS / T-Mobile

1. Release Date & Price

NAME, PRICE & RELEASE DATELG K30LG Stylo 4 LG Stylo 5
Model NumberLM-X410MK/X410TKLM-Q710MSLM-Q720MS
Release DateMay 2018June 2018June 2019
Current PriceAround $70Around $100Around $140

LG K30 & Stylo 4 came at the same time in Mid 2018 & Stylo 5 is released a year later in June 2019.

Stylo 5 is just a revamped version of Stylo 4. We can hardly call it an upgrade. As Stylo 4 was already a huge success,  LG launched a successor to further boost the sales without adding anything substantial.

However, K40 is a true LG K30 successor. Check out the comparison over here LG K20 vs K30 vs K40.

2. Body & Design

BODY & DESIGNLG K30LG Stylo 4 LG Stylo 5
ColorsBlackBlackWhite
Body MaterialMetal & PlasticMetalMetal
Dimensions5.85” x 2.95” x 0.34” (inches)6.3” x 3.06” x 0.32”6.33” x 3.09” x 0.34”
Weight5.93 oz6.07 oz6.38 oz

 

LG Stylo 4 & 5 have an all-metal unibody design, whereas K30 has a metal back with the frame made up of plastic.

Stylo comes in white whereas K30 and Stylo 4 are black in color (MetroPCS / T-Mobile variant).

Even though K30 is a much smaller phone than Stylo 4 & 5, its weight is almost the same. This makes K30 a bulky phone in comparison.

 

3. Display

DISPLAYLG K30LG Stylo 4 LG Stylo 5
Screen Size5.3 “ (inch)6.2 “6.2 “
Aspect Ratio16:918:918:9
Screen Resolution/Wallpaper Size1280 x 720 pixels2160 x 1080 pixels2160 x 1080 pixels
Pixel Density277 ppi390 ppi390 ppi

K30 display has the old 16:9 aspect ratio. It has a 5.3 inch HD display, whereas Stylo 4 & 5 have 6.2 inches Full HD Plus display with an aspect ratio of 18:9.

4. Hardware

HARDWARELG K30LG Stylo 4 LG Stylo 5
Processor/CPU1.4 Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex A531.8 Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex A531.8 Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex A53
RAM2 GB2 GB3 GB
Chipset28 nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM891714 nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM45014 nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450
GPUAdreno 308Adreno 506Adreno 506

LG K40 shares the same 1.8 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon SDM450 processor as found in Stylo 4 & Stylo 5. However, K30 comes with an older 1.4 GHz Quad-Core CPU with Snapdragon 425 Chipset.

The RAM on LG Stylo 5 (MetroPCS) is boosted to 3 GB when compared to 2GB on  Stylo 4. This is a very welcome upgrade. However, the Amazon Prime Exclusive (Unlocked) & Boost Mobile Stylo 4 already came with 3GB of RAM.

5. Software

SOFTWARELG K30LG Stylo 4 LG Stylo 5
Android VersionAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 9.0 Pie
Mini View / One-Handed Operation


The Android Firmware on Stylo 5 is upgraded to the latest Android Pie 9.0. LG K30 & Stylo 4 are still on the Android Oreo 8.1 Firmware.

 

6. Connectivity & Benchmark

CONNECTIVITY & BENCHMARKLG K30LG Stylo 4 LG Stylo 5
Antutu Benchmark Score383037113070883
USB PortMicro USB 2.0USB Type-CUSB Type-C
NFC / Android Pay / Android Beam


The USB port on the Stylo 4 & 5 is the latest USB Type-C. K30 uses the old Micro USB 2.0 Charging Port. Even K40 comes with a Micro USB which is quite disappointing.

Stylo 4 & 5 also have NFC which is a much-needed feature in today’s world and should be included in every android smartphone. K40 has NFC but it’s missing on K30.

You can check the Antutu benchmark scores of K30, Stylo 4, Stylo 5 in the above table. As expected there is a huge difference in the benchmark scores of K30 & that of Stylo 4 / Stylo 5.

 

7. Additional Features

ADDITIONAL FEATURESLG K30LG Stylo 4 LG Stylo 5
Notification LED Light


Quick Charge / Fast Charging


Stylus Pen Input


As the name suggests, Stylo 4 and 5 supports Stylus Pen Input and the Stylus is included in the package with a slot at the bottom.

Stylo 4 & 5 also have notification light which blinks with the arrival of a notification. They also support Fast Charging & the charger is included in the package. Both these features are missing in LG K30. However, K40 does have the notification LED.

8. Camera & Battery

CAMERA & BATTERYLG K30LG Stylo 4 LG Stylo 5
Rear Camera - QLens (AI Camera)


Front Camera - Lens5 MP5 MP, Wide-Angle Camera5 MP, Wide-Angle Camera
Front Camera - Portrait Mode w/ blurred background


Battery Capacity2880 mAh3300 mAh3500 mAh
Battery Life / Talk TimeUp to 13 hrs & 40 minsUp to 15 hrs & 20 minsUp to 15 hrs & 20 mins
Standby TimeUp to 10.4 DaysUp to 21 daysUp to 21 days

K30, Stylo 4 & Stylo 5 have a 13 MP camera but there is a difference in the picture quality. Stylo 5 takes the best pictures with its latest improved camera over Stylo 4. K30 camera also produces decent quality images but it falls behind in comparison with Stylo 4 & 5.

Stylo 4 & 5 also have Wide-Angle Lens for Selfie Mode. They are also equipped with the QLens feature which is based on Artificial Intelligence and is quite similar to Google Lens. It aids in visual shopping.

The battery capacity of Stylo 5 is the highest and that of K30 is the lowest. You can check the above chart for comparison.

The battery life is almost the same as a bigger and higher resolution screen on LG Stylo 4/ Stylo 5 consumes more battery.

 

Similarities between LG K30, Stylo 4  & Stylo 5

What they share in common LG K30, Stylo 4 & Stylo 5
BODY & DESIGNK30, Stylo 4 & 5
Removable Battery
Memory Card Slot/Expandable Memory
Waterproof
DISPLAYK30, Stylo 4 & 5
Display Type/TechnologyIPS LCD
Contoured/Curved Edge
Gorilla Glass
NETWORKK30, Stylo 4 & 5
Sim Size/TypeNano
GSM/CDMAGSM
GSM Unlock StatusLocked
CarrierT-Mobile/MetroPCS
Wifi Calling
VoLTE
SENSORSK30, Stylo 4 & 5
Accelerometer
Gyroscope/VR Compatibility
Magnetometer/Digital Compass
Fingerprint Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
CONNECTIVITYK30, Stylo 4 & 5
USB OTG
Bluetooth
Wifi
Wifi Tethering / Hotspot
GPS
Screen Mirroring / Miracast / Screen Share
MHL / Slimport / HDMI Compatible
IR Blaster / TV Remote
ADDITIONAL FEATURESK30, Stylo 4 & 5
FM Radio
Surround SoundDTS:X 3D Surround
Wireless Charging / Qi-enabled
MEMORY/STORAGEK30, Stylo 4 & 5
Internal Storage/Memory/ROM32 GB
Expandable Memory / Memory Card Slot
SOFTWARE K30, Stylo 4 & 5
Facial Recognition for Screen Unlocking
Flashlight
Google Assistant
Split Screen /Multi Window
Smart Cleaning
CAMERA K30, Stylo 4 & 5
REAR
Image Resolution / Megapixels13 MP
Autofocus
Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
FlashSingle LED Flash
ZoomUp to 4x, Digital
Video Resolution1080p @ 30 fps
Slow Motion
Time Lapse
Manual Mode / Controls
Video Stabilization
HDR
Face Detection
FRONT
Selfie Flash
Video1080p @ 30 fps
ROOT STATUSK30, Stylo 4 & 5
Can be Rooted
The bootloader can be unlocked
Custom Rom Available

The above table shows the similarities between K30, Stylo 4 & Stylo 5. It even marks those features which are missing in all 3 phones.

 

CONCLUSION

By the above comparison, we can say that LG Stylo 5 is an upgrade in the right direction but can hardly call it an upgrade.
It’s difficult for K30 to stay in competition with Stylo 4 / Stylo 5, but its successor K40 is equipped with the latest hardware and features. We can even call it a smaller version of LG Stylo 5 with a few missing features.

You can check out the comparison between LG K30 and K40 to get a clear picture.

So we can conclude –

LG Stylo 5 is ahead of Stylo 4 in these areas –

  • White looks better than Black (Personal Opinion)
  • More RAM – 2GB vs 3GB
  • Latest Android Pie 9.0 Firmware
  • Slightly bigger capacity battery

LG Stylo 4 is ahead of K30 in these departments –

  • Looks Premium – All-metal unibody design
  • Feels lighter due to less density
  • Bigger and better screen
  • More powerful hardware
  • USB Type-C
  • Notification LED
  • NFC
  • Fast Charging
  • Stylus Pen Input
  • Wide-Angled Selfie Lens

 

 

 

 

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