Expected to be released in April (although with Coronavirus this is by no means certain), the LG K61 is part of a trio of new mid-rangers that LG hopes will help it recapture lost market share. I have always had a soft spot for LG smartphones, they are well made and have some quirky features, but they have never been able to break out of the second tier of handset manufacturers (apart from in South Korea).
Focus on the mid-range is probably therefore a good idea as the Samsung Galaxy A40 was the best-selling phone in the UK in 2019 and it shows that most people are not interested in getting the most expensive handset around, but one with a decent sized screen, good looks and that takes good pictures.
The K61 is the best specified of the 3 new phones. It ships with a 6.5” LCD screen with an 81.4% screen to body ratio. It has a reasonable 396 PPI and is 1080 resolution. Inside, it will have an octa core processor, 4GB of RAM and either 64 or 128GB of expandable memory.
Battery is a good-sized 4000 mAh, which should be enough to see you through a full day. The K61 also has a single loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB 2.0 connector. Whilst, on the back is centrally mounted fingerprint scanner.
The main camera array is an impressive looking (on paper, anyway) setup. Positioned horizontally at the top of the back (Looking very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10) this consists of a 48MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 5MP depth. On the front is a 16MP selfie camera located in a neat pinhole at the top left of the display. We can’t comment on the pictures these 5 cameras produce as no units have been shipped out for review yet.
Also, on the back is a fingerprint sensor to quickly unlock the handset.
Available in 3 colours
The K61 ships with Android 10 and is available in Titanium, white and blue. The price is expected to be around the £150 mark, so decent value for money. The K51 and K41 are anticipated to be cheaper than this but will not have the same specifications.