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 –
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 – MetroPCS / T-Mobile
1. Release Date & Price
|NAME, PRICE & RELEASE DATE||LG K30||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Release Date||May 2018||June 2018||June 2019|
|Current Price||Around $70||Around $100||Around $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 & DESIGN||LG K30||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Body Material||Metal & Plastic||Metal||Metal|
|Dimensions||5.85” x 2.95” x 0.34” (inches)||6.3” x 3.06” x 0.32”||6.33” x 3.09” x 0.34”|
|Weight||5.93 oz||6.07 oz||6.38 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.
|DISPLAY||LG K30||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Screen Size||5.3 “ (inch)||6.2 “||6.2 “|
|Screen Resolution/Wallpaper Size||1280 x 720 pixels||2160 x 1080 pixels||2160 x 1080 pixels|
|Pixel Density||277 ppi||390 ppi||390 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.
|HARDWARE||LG K30||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Processor/CPU||1.4 Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53||1.8 Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex A53||1.8 Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex A53|
|RAM||2 GB||2 GB||3 GB|
|Chipset||28 nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917||14 nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450||14 nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450|
|GPU||Adreno 308||Adreno 506||Adreno 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.
|SOFTWARE||LG K30||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Android Version||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 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 & BENCHMARK||LG K30||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Antutu Benchmark Score||38303||71130||70883|
|USB Port||Micro USB 2.0||USB Type-C||USB 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 FEATURES||LG K30||LG 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 & BATTERY||LG K30||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Rear Camera - QLens (AI Camera)||✖ ||✔ ||✔
|Front Camera - Lens||5 MP||5 MP, Wide-Angle Camera||5 MP, Wide-Angle Camera|
|Front Camera - Portrait Mode w/ blurred background||✖ ||✔ ||✔
|Battery Capacity||2880 mAh||3300 mAh||3500 mAh|
|Battery Life / Talk Time||Up to 13 hrs & 40 mins||Up to 15 hrs & 20 mins||Up to 15 hrs & 20 mins|
|Standby Time||Up to 10.4 Days||Up to 21 days||Up 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 & DESIGN||K30, Stylo 4 & 5|
|Memory Card Slot/Expandable Memory||✔
|DISPLAY||K30, Stylo 4 & 5|
|Display Type/Technology||IPS LCD|
|NETWORK||K30, Stylo 4 & 5|
|GSM Unlock Status||Locked|
|SENSORS||K30, Stylo 4 & 5|
|Ambient Light Sensor||✔
|CONNECTIVITY||K30, Stylo 4 & 5|
|Wifi Tethering / Hotspot||✔
|Screen Mirroring / Miracast / Screen Share||✖
|MHL / Slimport / HDMI Compatible||✖
|IR Blaster / TV Remote||✖
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||K30, Stylo 4 & 5|
|Surround Sound||DTS:X 3D Surround|
|Wireless Charging / Qi-enabled||✖
|MEMORY/STORAGE||K30, Stylo 4 & 5|
|Internal Storage/Memory/ROM||32 GB|
|Expandable Memory / Memory Card Slot||✔
|SOFTWARE||K30, Stylo 4 & 5|
|Facial Recognition for Screen Unlocking||✔
|Split Screen /Multi Window||✔
|CAMERA||K30, Stylo 4 & 5|
|Image Resolution / Megapixels||13 MP|
|Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)||✔
|Flash||Single LED Flash|
|Zoom||Up to 4x, Digital|
|Video Resolution||1080p @ 30 fps|
|Manual Mode / Controls||✔
|Video||1080p @ 30 fps|
|ROOT STATUS||K30, 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.
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
- Fast Charging
- Stylus Pen Input
- Wide-Angled Selfie Lens