While shopping for an Android smartphone, we should first list our priorities. There is no point in paying for a feature we are not going to use. A flagship device offers almost every available feature but costs a fortune.
When considering an LG K series smartphone, we are in the mid-range territory. It offers common smartphone features at a budget price.
In this post, we are going to check out the LG K51 feature list. Let’s see how does it fare against its predecessor K40 –
Does LG K51 have Wireless Charging?
Are you used to wireless charging? It’s not a deal-breaker, but difficult to part with once you get used to it. The Qi charging is not even truly wireless, as the charging pad remains connected to a wall charger. However, the charging becomes wire-free as you only need to place the phone on the charging pad.
Wireless Charging is a premium feature and is only offered by the flagship devices such as LG G & V Series smartphones.
LG K51 lacks wireless charging. However, we can enable this feature using a wireless charger receiver. The Qi receiver’s PIN goes into the K51’s USB-C charging port.
The Qi receiver’s flap rests at the back of the phone. We can secure it with a thin charging case.
For the detailed instructions & to shop for the best K51 Qi receiver & charging pad, please visit the below post –
Does LG K51 have Screen Mirroring/Miracast?
Screen Mirroring on Android is a useful and fun feature. With mirroring we get to project everything on the big TV screen. You can Cast your smartphone games, apps media content, etc on TV using Miracast or HDMI technology.
An HDMI Alt Mode / MHL / Slimport adapter offers wired screen mirroring without the need for an internet/Wi-Fi connection.
Even though the LG K51 a USB-C port, it doesn’t offer DisplayPort support. The LG flagship devices belonging to G & V series support HDMI Alt Mode.
If not for wired screen mirroring, let’s check out for K51 wireless screen mirroring. For this to work, the phone should have Miracast support.
Let’s search for the “Cast” option on our K51. It couldn’t find it anywhere on the phone.
In such a case, we need to use Chromecast for Screen Mirroring.
If you have some other Miracast device such as Roku, Firestick, or a Smart TV without built-in Miracast, you can do screencasting using a 3rd party app from the Play store. You can see I’m casting my K51 screen on the TV using the Cast to TV-XCast app.
Check out the detailed instructions on LG K51 screen mirroring with & without Chromecast –
Does the LG K51 have NFC/Does LG K51 have Google Pay?
K40 was the first LG K series smartphone with NFC support. You can refer to the above K40 NFC screenshots.
As K51 is the successor to K40, you would simply assume K51 is NFC compatible. However, we are in for a surprise. K51 lacks NFC support.
I searched for it all over the phone, but couldn’t find it anywhere.
NFC is a must-have feature in today’s busy life for hassle-free contactless payments via Google Pay, Paypal, Samsung Pay, Visa PayWave, etc. It’s a bad move by LG to omit this feature from K51.
Does LG K51 have Face Recognition?
LG is offering face recognition for a long time in the form of the “Smart Unlock” feature. The “trusted face” option under smart lock offers face unlocking.
I used this face recognition feature even on the cheap budget smartphone LG Aristo 2. However, the much pricier K51 lacks face recognition. This is quite surprising.
K51’s predecessor K40 also had face recognition. Can we call K51 an upgrade to K40? It misses out on 2 of the significant K40 features – NFC & Face recognition.
You can refer to the above screenshots. The Left one belongs to K40 & the right is from K51.
To check out the rest of the LG K51 features, head over to the following post –
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