We arrived at the most advanced model of the new line of smartphones from LG. The K62 Plus is known in some countries as K62 and arrives here costing over $150. What was so successful about the K61 successor that it got so expensive?.
That’s what this review will help you find out and we’ll also see what changes to the traditional K62 and whether it’s worth paying extra for it.
The K62 Plus box follows the pattern that has been adopted by LG in its latest releases, opening sideways and with internal divisions for accessories. Within it, we have:
Key to open the SIM and microSD chips drawer;
Design and construction:
If you saw our review of the K62 then you will find that it all sounds a bit repetitive. And it is not for less, after all, the two intermediaries of LG are identical on the outside and very similar on the inside. To help differentiate, the Korean bet on different colors for each model. While the cheapest came in shades of dark blue and red, the K62 Plus bet on the colors light blue and white.
Another small difference is on the sides: the K62 has the same color throughout its housing, while the Plus version features chrome paint. But make no mistake, as all models in the line have plastic bodies. This same chrome paint is also present in the rim surrounding the set of cameras at the rear.
The plastic at the rear has a matte finish, which reduces the accumulation of fingerprints – especially in white. Military certification is present, as in the rest of the line, and even with its strengthened strength we still have a gift protection cap in the box.
The fingerprint reader left the rear and is now integrated with the power button on the right side. He is at a comfortable height that will not make life difficult even for lefties. Digital recognition is as agile as on the K61.
Another change in the rear is in the layout of the cameras. Before organized horizontally, now we have a skipped block in the cooktop style that took over the cell phones of all manufacturers. The flash is bigger and helps to illuminate better in dark scenarios.
On the front we have a slightly thinner frame around the screen and the hole for the selfie camera came out of the left corner and is located in the central part as we have on Samsung phones.
In terms of technologies, there are no changes: the K62 Plus remains without NFC and gyroscope. At least Bluetooth is not an older generation as found on the K62.
Screen and sound:
Now for the first disappointment: the screen. The panel grew slightly, but the resolution dropped from Full HD to HD. This reduces the sharpness considerably and you may notice a little jagging when you look closely. As much as the display used by LG is not bad, it was expected to see a higher quality screen for the price charged. After all, in the range of R $ 2 thousand we have good options in the market with AMOLED screens.
The format is more stretched to better enjoy movies and even games. The brightness level is decent and does not hinder visibility outside the home, while the contrast could be better.
The sound part also disappoints. There is only one outlet at the bottom, which even delivers a reasonable volume, but has a strong focus on the treble. Featured voices can make a difference on YouTube videos, but for movies you will have slightly distorted sound when the K62 Plus tries to play bass.
There is a headset in the box that helps to overcome the limitations of the speaker and comes with “3D Sound” that promises greater immersion. It is nothing more than an automatic equalizer via software that tries to identify the type of content for a better experience. Just don’t expect miracles.
And on the inside? What changes between the K62 and the Plus version? Well, the most expensive model has a differential that only comes with twice as much storage. LG continues to reheat the Helio P35 for generations and the performance in multitasking is close to that of the cheaper version, just as we are performing at the level of the predecessor. For the price we expected a Snapdragon 662 or some more powerful chip from MediaTek.
In benchmarks there is nothing special, you will get the same score as others at LG with the Helio P35. In AnTuTu you will see results in the range of 100 thousand points, while rivals from Samsung and Motorola achieve much more than that.
The good news about seeing the screen resolution drop is that the predecessor’s sluggish problems have been eliminated. The Helio P35 does not have a powerful GPU and handling many pixels really complicates everything. The K62 Plus ran all the games we tested without a problem … or rather, almost all. Asphalt 9 is still suffering from constant freezes on MediaTek hardware.
At least PUBG ran in a decent way with the chart in the middle and the Call of Duty was not choking. Lighter games run smoothly on the K62 Plus.
If you were hoping for a breakthrough in cameras, then you might be disappointed to learn that the main sensor is the same as before and LG replaced the ultra-wide camera with a lower one in resolution and field of view. The rest of macro and depth remain unchanged.
The set is the same as the K62 and with that we have similar quality for photos and videos. The LG intermediary is able to record great images on sunny days, without overdoing the saturation and HDR does its due work.
The K62 Plus compresses four pixels into one to ensure more details and better light control without devouring more storage space. It is possible to use the maximum resolution of 48 MP, but the quality drops with less clarity and less dynamic range, in addition to devouring the memory quadruple and taking longer to save the photos. It just isn’t worth it.
Normal | 48 MP
LG continues to insist on its AI Cam mode, which uses artificial intelligence to analyze the type of scenery and make the right adjustments for better pictures. In practice what you will get are very saturated images – but some may enjoy the results.
The drop in ultra-wide resolution has compromised quality. Now there are noises and artifacts even in photos by day. At night the situation gets so complicated that this camera becomes unusable. Not to mention that the lens correction software fails to adjust the distortion in the corners of the photos.
Main | Ultra-wide
The K61 disappoints when shooting at night, but the new one does a better job of it. LG does not yet have an efficient night mode like that of Motorola and the K62 Plus is at the level of cheaper models, but we already have an evolution.
The macro camera continues to do the basics. It has no autofocus, which makes it impossible to get too close to capture details of plants or animals. Blurring only works well with people and objects with faces, and even then it sometimes fails and blurs the whole photo.
A difference between the K62 and the Plus variant is in the front camera with 28 MP in the most expensive model. Does it make a difference? Not so much. The cheapest is already able to register good selfies and this one also follows the same path. What we noticed is that LG’s aggressive post-processing ends up killing the small details of the skin and the portrait effect has flaws.
Cell phones in the K62 Plus price range usually record in 4K, but the LG model remains limited to Full HD. The quality of the footage is decent, the focus is agile and the videos don’t come out with a lot of shaking. The front also has nice quality, even at night, since the ultra-wide will not be very useful in dark places. The audio capture is stereo, but the quality is not the best.
The 4,000 mAh battery of the predecessor was maintained, but as we now have a screen with fewer pixels to be powered, the autonomy has increased considerably. If the K61 was already able to deliver battery for a full day of use, the new one can pay off for a day and a half.
What is disappointing is the 10W charger. It is the same accessory that comes in the cheapest models in the line and for the price you pay on the K62 Plus you should receive at least a 15W charger, which would help to reduce the recharge time to less than 2 hours.
The battery takes almost 2 ½ hours to reach 100%, taking even a little longer than the K62. A 15-minute fast charge recovers 14%, reaching 48% with 1 hour in the socket.
The K62 Plus comes out of the box with Android 10 and LG’s latest interface inspired by the rival’s One UI. The system is organized and flows well most of the time. By default, there is no app drawer, but it’s easy to change that in the launcher settings.
As usual with LG, there is a button dedicated to Google Assistant on the left side of the device. It serves as a shortcut to speed up a search or give a command to the search giant’s virtual assistant. The downside is that you can’t remap this button, so if you don’t like the Google Assistant, there’s not much you can do with the shortcut.
There are a considerable number of LG apps aimed at the brand’s ecosystem with greater integration with electronics and appliances. If you don’t need it, you can uninstall all of them.
LG has never been featured in Android updates, but recently updated several devices in Brazil, so we can expect the K62 Plus to receive at least Android 11 someday.
Is it worth paying more for the K62 Plus? Only if you insist on the 128 GB of storage, since the device itself delivers the same as the K62, whether in performance, battery or cameras.
There are better options in this price range like the Galaxy A21s which is faster and has better cameras, and the battery lasts the same. The Moto G9 Power is another good option, with superior performance and a battery that lasts even longer.
Strengths and weaknesses
Good cameras for the category
Good for using multiple basic apps at the same time
Screen could be better
Gross performance below category
Missing night mode
Launch price is salty, but when it is close to R $ 1,000, it can be an interesting purchase.
Packaging and characteristics:
Packaging brings protective case and comes headset.
K62 Plus is a big phone, but not so slippery.
Ease of use-
LG’s modified Android is increasingly organized.
Screen and sound could be better and do not compete with rivals at the same price.
The K62 Plus is just a K62 with twice as much storage.