LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – A Detailed Comparison

At the time of their release (May 2018), there was a huge price difference between LG K30 & Moto G6 which has diminished over the period of time. So, even though Moto G6 is far more superior to K30 and falls in the high-end segment you can grab it by paying just a little bit extra.

In this post, we’re going to compare LG K30, Moto G6 & the newly released Moto G7 power. In this comparison, we’ve picked a factory unlocked version of Moto G6 Xt1925-6 & MetroPCS / T-Mobile variant of LG K30 (LM-X410MK/X410TK) & Moto G7 Power (XT1955-5).

Let’s start off with the differences and later on, we’ll cover the similarities between the 3 –

 

Difference between LG K30, Moto G6 & Moto G7 Power

LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power

The left one is K30, Middle one is Moto G6 and the last one is Moto G7 Power

difference between lg k30, moto g6 and moto g7 power

1.  Price & Release Date – Difference between LG K30, Moto G6 & G7 Power

PRICE & RELEASE DATELG K30 MetroPCS / T-MobileMoto G6 Factory UnlockedMoto G7 Power MetroPCS / T-Mobile
Model NumberLM-X410MK/X410TKXT1925-6XT1955-5
Release DateMay 2018May 2018March 2019
Current PriceAround $70Around $90Around $110

Moto G7 Power is the latest among the 3. While K30 & Moto G6 came in May 2018, G7 power released in March 2019.

Even though Moto G6 is factory unlocked & more premium than G7 Power it sells for a lesser price being a year older.

 

2. Body & Design – LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – Differences

BODY & DESIGNLG K30Moto G6Moto G7 Power
ColorsAurora BlackBlack, Blush & Deep IndigoMarine Blue
Body MaterialMetal & PlasticAluminum Frame with 3D Glass BackPolymer Glass
Dimensions5.85 x 2.95 x 0.346.0 x 2.84 x 0.326.33 x 2.99 x 0.37
Weight5.93 oz5.89 oz6.91 oz
Waterproof
Splash ResistantSplash Resistant

Moto G6 is more compact and thinner than the other two. Its made up of metal and glass. The front and the back are glass and the frame is made up of aluminum. This gives Moto G6 a more premium look.

K30 comes with a metal back and a plastic frame, while Moto G7 power is made up of polymer glass.

Moto G6 and G7 Power have a water-repellent design. Both of these are Splash resistant. No such protection from water is available on K30.

 

3. Display – LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – Differences

DISPLAYLG K30Moto G6Moto G7 Power
Screen Size5.3 (inches)5.76.2
Aspect Ratio16:918:919:9
Screen Resolution / Wallpaper Size1280 x 720 pixels2160 x 1080 pixels1570 x 720 pixels
Notched Display


Display Type / TechnologyIPS LCDIPS LCDLTPS LCD
Gorilla Glass / Glass Screen Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (Front & Back)Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Pixel Density277 ppi424 ppi279 ppi

The display size, resolution and aspect ratio of all 3 phones is different.

Moto G7 Power being the latest among the 3 comes with a notched display with a 19:9 aspect ratio.  G7 Power has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and K30 has the old form factor with an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Moto G7 Power has the biggest 6.2 inches display. Then comes G6 with a 5.7-inch screen and K30 with the smallest 5.3-inch screen.

Even though G7 Power comes with a bigger screen than G6, it has a lower screen resolution. While G6 has a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 Pixels (Full HD Plus), G7 power has an HD Plus display with a resolution of 1570 x 720. Being smaller in size, the screen resolution of K30 is 1280 x 720 pixels.

The Display on Moto G6 and G7 Power are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Both front and Back Glass of Moto G6 is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.  K30 Glass is more prone to damage and should be used with a Screen Guard.

4. Network – LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – Differences

NETWORKLG K30Moto G6Moto G7 Power
GSM/CDMAGSMGSM + CDMAGSM
GSM Unlock StatusLockedUnlockedLocked
Carrier / Service ProviderT-Mobile/MetroPCSVerizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint & Boost MobileT-Mobile/MetroPCS
Wifi Calling


As Moto G6 is Factory Unlocked it’s compatible with all the major US carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint & Boost Mobile.

Being MetroPCS / T-Mobile phone, G7 Power and K30 support Wi-Fi calling which is missing on Moto G6.

5. Hardware & Benchmark – LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – Differences

HARDWARE & BENCHMARKLG K30Moto G6Moto G7 Power
Processor / CPU1.4 Ghz Quad Core, ARM Cortex A531.8 GHz Octo-Core, Cortex A531.8 GHz Octa-Core, Cortex A53
RAM2 GB3 GB / 4 GB3 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SDM450Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
GPUAdreno 308Adreno 506Adreno 506
Antutu Benchmark Score38303700124105623

Being older, Moto G6 falls behind G7 power in hardware.  While both have a 1.8 GHz Octa-Core processor, G7 Power has a more powerful Snapdragon 632 chipset as opposed to Snapdragon 450 on Moto G6. LG K30 is the weakest in comparison with 1.4 GHz Quad-Core CPU & Snapdragon 425 chipset.

The Antutu Benchmark scores tell the same story. Moto G7 Power leads the race with a benchmark score of 105623. The next comes G6 with a score of 70124 and K30 gets the lowest antutu score of 38303.

LG K30 has only 2 GB RAM. Moto G7 Power has 3 GB RAM & G6 comes in 3 GB & 4GB variants.

6. Software & Audio – LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – Differences

SOFTWARE & AUDIOLG K30Moto G6Moto G7 Power
Android VersionAndroid Oreo 8.1Upgradable to Android Pie 9.0Android Pie 9.0
Android Skin User Interface (UI) LG UX 7.0Stock / Vanilla AndroidStock / Vanilla Android
Mini View / One-Handed Mode / Swipe to Shrink Screen


Loud Speaker LocationBackFront-PortedFront-Ported
Surround Sound / Audio TechnologyDTS:X 3D Virtual SurroundDolby Audio
Number of Microphones132

Being a Google phone, Moto G6 / G7 Power comes with Stock Vanilla Android and thus receive android updates more frequently. Currently, both G6 & G7 Power have the latest Android Pie 9.0 Firmware. K30 is still running on Android Oreo 8.1 Firmware.

The audio quality through the loudspeaker is better on Motorola phones, thanks to the front-ported speaker which doubles as an earpiece.

Moto G6 has 3 microphones for stereo audio recording. G7 Power has 2 mics while K30 comes with a single mic.

With headphones plugged in, LG K30 can produce a 3D Virtual Surround sound effect using DTS:X audio technology. Moto G6 uses Dolby Audio for a better sound experience.

 

7. Camera – LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – Differences

CAMERA LG K30Moto G6Moto G7 Power
REAR
Image Resolution / Megapixels13 MP12 MP12 MP
Secondary Rear Camera / Depth Sensor
5 MP
Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)


FlashSingle LED FlashDual LED FlashSingle LED Flash
Zoom Up to 4x, Digital ZoomUp to 4x, Digital ZoomUp to 10x, Hi-Res Digital Zoom
Video ResolutionUp to 1080p @ 30 fpsUp to 1080p @ 60 fpsUp to 4k @ 30 fps
Slow Motion


Time Lapse


Hyper Lapse


Video Stabilization

FRONT
Image Resolution / Megapixels5 MP8 MP8 MP
Selfie Flash


Among the 3, only G6 has a secondary (depth sensor) camera to produce a blurred background in Portrait Mode.

G6 rear camera lacks PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), which is present on both G7 Power as well as K30.

G6 rear camera uses the rare Dual LED flash while K30 & G7 Power have a Single LED flash.

G7 Power can produce up to 4K videos at 30 fps. G6 rear camera can record videos up to 1080p @ 60fps. K30 can record videos with maximum video resolution of 1080p @ 30 fps.

G7 Power camera offers Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Hyper Lapse, Manual Mode & Video Stabilization. G6 camera comes with Slow motion, Time Lapse & Manual mode. None of these features are present on LG K30.

G6 & G7 Power comes with an 8 MP front-facing camera which is just 5 MP on LG K30.

Out of the 3, only Moto G7 Power has a Selfie Flash.

8. Connectivity & Storage – LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – Differences

CONNECTIVITY & STORAGE LG K30Moto G6Moto G7 Power
USB PortMicro USB 2.0USB Type-CUSB Type-C
Screen Mirroring / Miracast / Screen Share / Smart View


Internal Memory / ROM32 GB (Up to 23.65 GB Usable)32 GB / 64 GB32 GB (Up to 21 GB Usable)
Maximum SD card capacity/sd card sizeup to 256 GBup to 128 GBup to 512 GB

The charging port on K30 is older Micro USB 2.0, while both G6 & G7 Power have USB Type-C charging port.

All 3 phones have 32 GB of internal storage, but G6 also comes in a 64GB variant with 4GB RAM.

I couldn’t find an option to Cast / Mirror screen on LG K30. The Casting option is present in both G6 & G7 Power.

 

9. Battery & Charging – LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – Differences

BATTERY & CHARGINGLG K30Moto G6Moto G7 Power
Battery Capacity2880 mAh3000 mAh5000 mAh
Battery Life / Talk TimeUp to 13 hrs & 40 minsUp to 24 hrsUp to 40 hrs
Quick Charge / Fast Charging


As the name suggests, Moto G7 Power has the highest capacity battery among the 3. It’s 5000 mAh battery coupled with fast charging will keep you away from the charger most of the time.

Even though G6 & K30 have a battery of near about the same capacity, K30 loses here with the lack of Fast Charging support.

 

 

10. Root Status – LG K30 vs Moto G6 vs Moto G7 Power – Differences

Root StatusLG K30Moto G6Moto G7 Power
Can be Rooted


The Bootloader can be unlocked


Custom ROM availability
Descendant, Lineage OS 16.0 & AOSPLineage OS 16.0

LG K30 has a locked bootloader with no way to unlock it as of now. This makes K30 unrootable at present.

Both G6 and G7 Power can be rooted. Even Custom ROMs can be flashed on both the Motorola Phones.

Similarities between LG K30, Moto G6 & Moto G7 Power

What they share in commonLG K30, Moto G6 & Moto G7 Power
BODY & DESIGN
Removable Battery
Memory Card Slot / Expandable Memory
DISPLAY
Contoured /Curved Edge / 2.5D
NETWORK
Sim Size/TypeNano
VoLTE
SENSORS 
Accelerometer
Gyroscope / VR Compatibility
Magnetometer / Digital Compass / e-Compass
Fingerprint Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
CONNECTIVITY
USB OTG
Bluetooth
Wifi
Wifi Tethering / Hotspot
GPS
NFC / Android Pay / Android Beam
MHL / Slimport / HDMI Compatible
IR Blaster / TV Remote
AUDIO
FM Radio
Headphone Jack3.5 mm
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Notification LED Light
Handwriting Support / Stylus Pen Input
Wireless Charging / Qi-enabled
MEMORY/STORAGELG K30
Expandable Memory
SOFTWARE
Face Recognition / Smart Unlock
Flashlight
Google Assistant
Dual Window /Double Screen /Split Screen /Multi Window
CAMERA
REAR
Autofocus
HDR
Face Detection
Manual Mode / Controls
FRONT
VideoUp to 1080p @ 30 fps

The above table shown the similarities found in the 3 phones. The features which are missing in all 3 phones are also tabulated.

CONCLUSION

It can be easily concluded that G6 & G7 Power are much better phones as compared to K30. Moreover, if the price of G6 is closer to K30 it’s a no brainer.

In the nutshell, G6 wins over K30 in these areas –

  • Premium look with metal frame plus glass on front & back
  • Bigger screen with almost the same dimensions
  • 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Screen Protection
  • Splash Resistant
  • Factory Unlocked
  • More powerful hardware with more RAM
  • Latest Android Pie 9.0
  • Front-Ported Speaker
  • Triple Microphones
  • Secondary Depth Sensor Camera
  • Dual LED Flash
  • Full HD @ 60 fps video recording
  • The camera features slow-motion, time-lapse & manual mode
  • 8MP Selfie Camera
  • USB Type-C charging port
  • Better Battery Life with Fast Charging Support
  • Can be rooted

Moto G7 Power leads over K30 in these departments –

  • Bigger Screen with 19:9 aspect ratio
  • Corning Corilla Glass 3 Screen Protection
  • More Powerful hardware with more RAM
  • Latest Android Pie 9.0 Firmware
  • Front ported Speaker
  • 2 Microphones
  • 4k video recording @ 30 fps
  • Rear Camera features Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Hyper Lapse, Manual Mode & Video Stabilization
  • 8MP Front Camera with Selfie Flash
  • USB Type-C
  • Screen Mirroring / Casting available by default
  • Battery with almost Double capacity along with Fast Charging Support
  • Can be rooted

If I’ve missed something or some correction is needed, please let me know via the comment section below –

 

 

 

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