If you are looking for a good and cheap cell phone there are some interesting options on the market. Of the most basic of Samsung we can indicate the Galaxy A10s, but there is the LG K40s that has been giving work to its fellow countrywoman. Which Korean delivers the best value for money when it comes to entry phone? That’s what we’re going to find out in this TudoCelular comparison.
Samsung Galaxy A10s
We start with the design and from the front we see that the two are very similar to the drop-shaped notch and wider edge below the screen. They are the same size, but the Samsung manages to be thinner and lighter even if it has a bigger battery. In addition, the edges are a little thinner, which makes the A10s deliver a little more canvas.
The construction quality is the same with a plastic body. None stand out here and the finish at the rear is also similar, with smooth plastic that makes the phone slippery. The K40s arrived in Brazil in black and blue options, also available for the A10s, but Samsung’s also has a more striking red tone option.
Both have a biometric reader at the rear. The K40s is more agile and fails less. The LG has an extra dedicated button for the Google Assistant on the side. In terms of technologies, there are no differences: none has USB-C or Wi-Fi 5 GHz.
As none gets to stand out, we will draw at the beginning.
Multimedia and software
Screen and sound
The A10s has a little more screen with the same resolution as the Korean rival. Samsung saved and adopted a simpler LCD panel, while LG chose a good IPS LCD screen for the K40s.
The Galaxy A10s can even achieve a slightly higher brightness, but the image quality on the K40s is better, with high contrast and well-calibrated colors. In Samsung everything is washed and there is no option to adjust the colors.
In the sound part we have only one speaker in each. The sound is mono, not very powerful and the quality is only average for both. LG’s is a little better at this, since it doesn’t overdo the treble, but on the other hand the sound of the A10s gives the feeling of being louder.
Both have headphones in the box and the accessory couldn’t be simpler. Can you hear music? You can, but it is better to invest in a better phone.
The K40s takes point for the best screen and the two tie in audio.
One UI or LG’s modified Android: which do you prefer? Each one has its differentials with resources that can be useful or not, it will depend on the need of each person. The problem with Samsung’s interface is that it weighs more than LG’s and we see more constant gagging on the A10s.
At least Samsung is agile in updates and has already started releasing Android 10 for the Galaxy A10s in some countries. And when will the K40s receive this update? When it comes to LG you can wait while sitting. It is one of the slowest manufacturers in Android updates and we will probably only see the update arrive here by the end of the year.
We will give another draw.
The shorter the time, the better
But which one delivers better performance with apps and games? Both bring the same platform from MediaTek, the Helio P22 chip, does that mean we have equal speed? This is where we see that having 1 GB more RAM makes a total difference. Not to mention that LG software makes better use of hardware.
In our standardized speed test the K40s was 1 ½ minutes faster when opening and reopening apps. In practice this means that the A10s not only takes longer to load apps, but also cannot hold them in the background, making the experience slow and frustrating.
Just to prove that the fault is not the hardware, but the software, the two achieved similar points in benchmarks, including the highly acclaimed AnTuTu. And games? The PowerVR GE8320 is a basic GPU that can handle lighter games well, but in heavier titles you will have to play with the graphical configuration on the bass as in PUBG or Call of Duty.
And we give K40s a point for having better performance.
The longer the time, the better (except recharge)
The Galaxy has 500 mAh more of battery and this favored the autonomy in favor of the A10s. The two manage to deliver battery for the whole day, but at Samsung’s there is still a little charge left for the next day. And if you use it more heavily with games and videos, the A10s is more likely to reach the end of the day with a load.
And the best part is that he also spends less time in the making. Sure, it takes both of them more than 2 hours to reach 100%, but at least you won’t have to wait that long with the A10s.
And with that we double point the A10s for better battery and shorter recharge time.
Both have dual cameras at the rear. Samsung decided that a depth sensor would be more useful, while LG bet on a camera with a wide-angle lens. What is the best? The K40s can take good pictures with a blurred background, so you’ll hardly miss a dedicated sensor for that.
The K40s’ secondary camera allows you to capture more of scenes without considerable loss of quality. Only the hue of the colors that change, but the results are good. In open and well-lit places the two take good pictures. Already in closed places and with milder light is where the K40s stands out. He suffers less from noise and his focus works better.
Shooting at night will be equally frustrating for both of you. Basic cell phones suffer from very dark photos and none here is saved from that. The one from LG has extra AI built into the camera that makes some color corrections and tends to give a tan effect to the skin, which will please iPhone fans.
For having a better camera, we give the K40s a point.
Photos taken with the Galaxy A10s
The LG has a front camera with higher resolution. This does not always mean that the more pixels, the better the selfies. However, in this case it is exactly what we have. The K40s records more details of the skin, suffers less from loss of sharpness at night and AI can even help save the photo when there is very strong background light, such as when shooting at sunset.
The background blur is also better on LG. There are fewer flaws in the crop, while the Galaxy usually misses when blurring shoulders, ears or even part of the hair.
And the K40s takes one more point on camera.
Photos taken with the LG K40s
For videos don’t expect too much from either. Both record in Full HD with similar quality and suffer a lot at night with very dark videos. Samsung’s shakes more and has lower audio capture.
The front is also slightly worse on the Galaxy and shakes even more than the rear camera. It is a pity that the K40s camcorder is not as good as the photos, but overall it is a little better than the A10s.
And we ended the camera part with another point for LG’s.
So far we see that the basicão from LG is a better phone in general and its lower price makes the situation even more complicated for the side of Samsung. They reached the market at around R $ 1,000, but currently the K40s are almost R $ 200 cheaper.
We will hardly see that Samsung’s get cheaper than LG’s and even if their price drops and both are at the same value, LG’s will still deliver better value for money.
And with that we give the last point of the comparison to the K40s.
Samsung Galaxy A10s
LG really got it right with the K line and has been giving work to rivals when it comes to a good phone with a fair price. And the K41s is already arriving in Brazil, which will make the fight even more interesting between the two Koreans.
If you want the best basicão go for K40s. It has better screen, much higher performance and better cameras. Your battery may not last as long as the A10s, but it lasts all day. LG just needs to streamline system updates and bring Android 10 to the K40s soon.
LG K40s: 9 POINTS
- Best biometric reader
- Screen with better image
- Better sound quality
- Software flows better
- Much better performance
- Best camera for photos
- Best for selfies
- Shoots with slightly higher quality
- Best cost-benefit
Samsung Galaxy A10s: 5 POINTS
- Thinner and lighter edges
- More powerful sound
- Latest software
- Longer battery life
- Shorter cooldown
What is the best basics currently in your opinion? Don’t forget to comment below.
(updated May 23, 2020, 3:04 am)
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