In this post, we are going to compare LG K20 with LG Stylo 4 & Stylo 5. Even though there is no competition between the K Series and Stylo Series, let’s find out where does the K20 stands in comparison.
At first, we are going to find out the differences between the 3 and later on, we’re going to cover the similarities. So without further ado lets check out where do they differ.
Difference between LG K20 Plus, LG Stylo 4 & Stylo 5
1. Price & Release Date – LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|PRICE & RELEASE DATE||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Release Date||December 2016||June 2018||June 2019|
|Current Price||Around $70||Around $100||Around $130|
LG K20 Plus is the oldest among the 3. It came in December 2016. LG Stylo 4 was released in 2018 while Stylo 5 is just released a few months ago.
Stylo 5 is not a proper upgrade to Stylo 4. It was released in a hurry just to garner sales as Stylo 4 was already a popular device. Being a newer phone its the costliest among the 3. A new Stylo 5 at eBay comes for around $130 at present. You can check the prices of 3 phones in the above table.
2. Build & Design – LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|BUILD & DESIGN||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Dimensions||148.5 x 75.2 x 7.8 mm (5.85” x 2.96” x 0.31” inches)||160 x 77.7 x 8.1 mm (6.3” x 3.06” x 0.32”)||160.7 x 78.5 x 8.4 mm (6.33” x 3.09” x 0.34”)|
|Weight||140 gm (4.94 oz)||172 gm (6.07 oz)||181 gm (6.38 oz)|
|Removable Battery||✔ ||✖ ||✖
LG K20 Plus offers a better grip with its rough back surface and slimmer profile. Stylo 4 & 5 are slippery to hold and the back surface is prone to scratches.
LG Stylo 4 & 5 are almost identical made of the same materials with almost the same dimensions. K20 is slimmer and lighter than Stylo 4/5 with due to its all-plastic body.
Only K20 Plus has a removable battery among the 3.
3. Display- LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|SCREEN / DISPLAY||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Size||5.3 inches||6.2 inches||6.2 inches|
|Resolution / Wallpaper Size||1280 x 720 pixels||2160 x 1080 pixels||2160 x 1080 pixels|
|Pixel Density||277 ppi||390 ppi||390 ppi|
The display size and quality of Stylo 4 / 5 are leagues ahead of K20 Plus.
Both the Stylo Phones have an 18:9 aspect ratio screen which is bigger in size (5.3 vs 6.2 inches) as well as higher in resolution (HD vs Full HD Plus).
4. Hardware & Benchmark – LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|HARDWARE & BENCHMARK||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Processor/CPU||1.4 Ghz Quad Core||1.8 Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex A53||1.8 Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex A53|
|RAM||2 GB||2 GB||3 GB|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917||Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450||Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450|
|GPU||Adreno 308||Adreno 506||Adreno 506|
|Antutu Benchmark Score||50774||71130||70883|
When considering LG Stylo 4 from MetroPCS / T-Mobile, Stylo 5 has more RAM. It’s increased from 2GB to 3GB.
Stylo 4 from other carriers i.e AT&T (Stylo 4 Plus), Boost & Amazon Prime Exclusive Unlocked variant already had 3GB of RAM.
The current successor to K20 Plus is LG K40. It shares the same hardware as Stylo 4 & Stylo 5. However, K20 feels laggy when compared to Stylo 4 & 5.
The same fate can be seen in the Antutu benchmark scores. You can check the hardware specs and benchmark scores in the above table.
5. Software & Audio – LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|SOFTWARE & AUDIO||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Android Version||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 9.0 Pie|
|LG UI Version||LG UX 5.0||LG UX 7.0||LG UX 7.0|
|Mini View / One-Handed Mode||✖ ||✔ ||✔
|Smart Cleaning||✖ ||✔ ||✔
|Hardware Testing||✖ ||✔ ||✔
|3D Virtual Surround Sound||✖ ||✔ ||✔
With Stylo 5 we get the recent Android Version Pie 9.0. Stylo 4 has Oreo and K20 Plus still has Android Nougat 7.0.
AT&T Variant of K20 is upgraded to Oreo. On K20 Plus we can get Android Oreo by Flashing Lineage OS 15.1 Custom ROM.
6. Connectivity – LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|CONNECTIVITY||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|USB Port Type||Micro USB 2.0||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|NFC / Android Pay / Android Beam||✖ ||✔ ||✔
|Screen Mirroring / Miracast / Screen Share||CAST option via Lineage OS Custom ROM||Only via Chromecast||Only via Chromecast|
LG Stylo Series comes with USB Type-C which is fast replacing the Micro USB port and will soon become a standard in the near future. K20 Plus comes with a Micro USB charging port.
Stylo 4 & 5 are also NFC compatible. You can do contactless payments with the Stylo series. This feature is introduced in K40 but is missing from K20 Plus.
As there is no Cast option in Stylo 4 & Stylo 5 you cannot do screen mirroring using Roku, Fire Stick or Microsoft Wireless display adapter. However, mirroring and casting is possible via Chomecast using the Google Home app.
7. Additional Features – LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|LED Notification Light||✖ ||✔ ||✔
|Stylus Pen Input||✖ ||✔ ||✔
|Fast Charging / Quick Charge Support||✖ ||✔ ||✔
As the name suggests, the Stylo series supports stylus pen input. You can draw and browse options with the help of the included stylus pen.
Stylo 4 & 5 also have LED notification light. LG K40 includes LED light but this feature is missing from K20 & K20 Plus.
Stylo series also supports fast charging and the Fast charger is included in the sales package.
8. Camera – LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|CAMERA||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)||✖ ||✔ ||✔
|Flash||Single LED Flash||Single LED Flash||Single LED Flash|
|Manual Mode / Controls||✖ ||✔||✔|
|Qlens (AI Camera)||✖||✔ ||✔
|Image Resolution / Megapixels||5 MP||5 MP, Wide-Angle Camera||5 MP, Wide-Angle Camera|
|Portrait Mode with Blurred Background||✖||✔ ||✔
Even though all 3 phones have 13 MP rear cameras there is a difference in the image quality. Stylo 5 takes the highest quality pictures among the 3.
The Stylo Series also supports PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), Manual Mode (Manual focus & ISO control), QLens (Image recognition similar to Google Lens) & Portrait Mode (For blurred background effect in photos). These features are missing from K20 & K20 Plus.
9. Battery – LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|BATTERY||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Capacity||2700 mAh||3300 mAh||3500 mAh|
|Battery Life / Talk Time||Up to 14 hrs||Up to 15 hrs & 20 mins||Up to 15 hrs & 20 mins|
|Standby Time||Up to 17 Days||Up to 21 days||Up to 21 days|
Stylo 5 has the highest Capacity battery (3500 mAh) among the 3. You can check the battery specs in the above table.
The battery life can vary in real-world usage. However, the fast charging capability in the Stylo series would help in keeping the phone alive for a longer period of time.
10. Root Status – LG K20 vs Stylo 4 vs Stylo 5
|ROOT & CUSTOM ROM STATUS||LG K20 Plus||LG Stylo 4||LG Stylo 5|
|Root Compatible||✔ ||✖ ||✖
|The Bootloader can be Unlocked||✔ ||✖ ||✖
|Custom Rom Availability||✔ ||✖ ||✖
Stylo 4 & 5 have locked bootloaders with no solution to unlock at present. K20 Plus bootloader can be easily unlocked and thus it can be rooted. You can even flash Custom ROMs on K20 Plus such as Lineage OS, AICP, Resurrection Remix & Incipient OS.
Similarities between LG K20, LG Stylo 4 & Stylo 5
|Similarities between the 3||LG K20 Plus, Stylo 4 & Stylo 5|
|BUILD & DESIGN|
|Memory Card Slot/Expandable Memory||✔
|Display Type/Technology||IPS LCD|
|GSM Unlock Status||Locked|
|Ambient Light Sensor||✔
|IR Blaster/TV Remote||✖
|Internal Storage/Memory/ROM||32 GB|
|Expandable Memory/Memory Card Slot||✔
|Facial Recognition for Screen Unlocking||✔
|Megapixels/Image Resolution||13 MP|
|Flash||Single LED Flash|
|Zoom||Up to 4x, Digital|
|Video Resolution||1080p @ 30 fps|
|Video||1080p @ 30 fps|
The above table marks the similarities between the 3 phones. It also covers those features which are not found in either of the three.
For the above comparison, it’s quite evident that K20 Plus falls behind the Stylo series in features and hardware. The areas where LG Stylo 5 beats K20 Plus are –
- Better look & build quality
- Bigger and higher resolution screen with 18:9 aspect ratio
- Better Hardware (1.8 GHz Octa-Core vs 1.4 GHz Quad-Core CPU)
- Android Pie 9.0
- 3 GB RAM
- USB Type-C Port
- NFC / Android Pay Support
- Better Camera with more features – PDAF, Manual Controls, QLens & Wide-Angle Selfie Camera with Portrait Mode
- Fast Charging Capability
- Higher Capacity Battery
One area where K20 Plus beats LG Stylo 4 & 5 is the Root capability & Custom ROM support.
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