LG K20 V Review – K for King? Or Just ‘Kay? [2020 Update]

LG phones can surprise you. They make such a wide variety of products, it’s difficult to put them in one category. Some of their budget devices stand out and one of them is the LG K20 V.

There were three models of this phone launched, starting with the K20 and K20 Plus in 2016 and then the K20 V that was released in 2017.

You mostly get generic features with some interesting ones which you will find in this LG K20 V review, all packed in a sleek modern design and a very reasonable price tag.

Device Specifications

Let’s dive into the details, shall we? Here are the specifics of all three models. You will notice that they have very few differences. So basically if you know the LG K20 V specs, you get a fair idea of the other two as well.


LG K20

LG K20 V

LG K20 Plus

Dimensions

5.90 x 3 x 0.3 inches (149.9 x 76.2 x 7.6 mm)

5.8 x 2.88 x 0.3 inches (147.3 x 73.7 x 7.6 mm)

5.90 x 2.96 x 0.3 inches (149.9 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm)

Weight

0.31 pounds (142 g)

0.29 pounds (134 g)

0.30 pounds (140 g)

Screen size

5.3” (134.62 mm) - diagonal

5.3” (134.62 mm) - diagonal

5.3” (134.62 mm) - diagonal

Display type

IPS LCD

IPS LCD

IPS LCD

Resolution

1280 x 720 pixels

1280 x 720 pixels

1280 x 720 pixels

RAM

1.5 GB

1.5 GB

2 GB

Operating System

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat

Internal storage

16GB (expandable)

16GB (expandable)

32 GB (expandable)

Audio

Loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack

Loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack

Loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack

Camera

8MP (rear), 5MP (front)

13MP (rear), 5MP (front)

13MP (rear), 5MP (front)

Battery

2800 mAh

2800 mAh

2700

Network

4G, LTE, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2

4G, LTE, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2

4G, LTE, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2

Include processor specs.


Design

The K20 V has a nice black body with a copper rim that looks quite stylish. The back is smooth but has a matte finish, which is not exactly slippery, but we recommend using a back cover with it. The K20 has a smooth black plastic body and the K20 Plus has a rubbery back.

Many people might not enjoy the texture, but it provides a better grip. They vary slightly in size (details above) but are pretty much the same in other aspects.

The LG K20 V has a 5.3”(134.62 mm) IPS display, with the navigation buttons on the screen and fingerprint scanner at the back. It has a single loudspeaker, also situated at the back, and volume rockers and power button on the right side.


Software

The phone runs on a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM and Android 7.0 Nougat. You can get a slightly higher RAM with the K20 Plus, but it does not affect performance that much. The K20 V runs pretty smoothly and has a convenient user interface.

The LG UX 5.1 provides a smooth swiping experience. There are multiple customization options including changing the height and position of the built-in keyboard and adding or removing the app drawer from the home screen.

The EasyHome option lets you change the layout to a simpler format and larger font. So if you need to teach your grandma how to use a smartphone, this is a suitable choice.

The fingerprint scanner is well-positioned and very responsive; it works almost instantly. In addition to screen locking, you can also use the fingerprint to lock your apps.

LG K20 V


Media and Storage

The K20 does not have a great camera, but the K20 Plus and K20 V take some pretty great pictures. The images are sharp and colorful.

You can also set special effects or filters on the camera while taking the photo. The HD video recording is impressive given that the back camera is only 13 MP.

The speaker does not get very loud and its odd positioning at the lower back does not help. As long as you use headphones, the speaker is not an issue. However, even then the sound quality is average. But it supports up to 14 different audio file formats, so that’s great.

All three models support microSD card. You can get a memory extension of up to 2TB, so pack in all your music and apps.


Battery and Other Features

The battery life on this device is pretty good. Since the RAM is not too high, the 2800 mAh battery works pretty well, giving you up to 31 hours of usage (although that depends on your activities). The K20 Plus has a slightly smaller battery, but overall battery life is still great.

There are some other interesting features that might peak your interest in this phone:

  • You can use split-screen with almost all apps, to operate two apps simultaneously
  • Double-tapping the fingerprint scanner takes a screenshot
  • You can launch the camera by double-clicking the volume down button
  • You can take live screenshots while videos are playing
  • You can take selfies with a simple hand gesture
  • You also use the fingerprint scanner to take selfies
  • Selfie Light allows you to take selfies in the dark – the screen lights up brighter when you turn it on
  • You can use Auto Shot with the front camera to automatically start a 2-second timer while taking a selfie.

The Good and The Bad

Here are some of the things we really like about this phone:

Pros

  • The phone has a nice design and feels light and comfortable in the hand
  • The LG K20 V screen size is big enough to enjoy videos as well compact enough so the phone can be operated with one hand
  • Battery life is very good.

However, not all the features were not impressive:

Cons

  • No further Android updates will be available
  • Sound quality is not that great
  • Lots of features for selfies, but the front camera resolution is mediocre.

Unfortunately, the LG K20 V has been discontinued by LG and is only available on Verizon now.

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Final Thoughts

For the current price, this device is a good deal. You don’t get a lot of fancy features, but I would say the overall performance of this phone is more than satisfactory.

All three models are pretty close if you compare the features, but the K20 V does seem to be the better option overall.

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