KXD K30 review: A budget-friendly behemoth of a smartphone

A song of glass and metal - KXD K30
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KXD Mobile has already shown us how much phone you can get for under $200 with the KXD K30. The KXD K30 boasts a 5.7-inch HD screen, expandable storage, fingerprint sensor,  a 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel second camera, a 5-megapixel front shooter, 3-gigabytes of RAM, and a MTK 6750 processor.

Is the KXD K30 enough phone for the budget-minded mobile user? Let’s take a look. At 5.7-inches, the KXD K30 is huge. “Yuge” even, with KXD Mobile doing very little to try and hide its bulk.

It’s a difficult device to hold with one hand, and doesn’t fit in my jeans pocket. Nor does it fit in my car’s cupholder. The K30’s saving grace is the grippable material used to cover its back, making it easier to hold on to than if the company had used smooth plastic—a mainstay on inexpensive smartphones.

Small tweaks

The KXD K30 runs Android 8.1 with KXD’s own tweaks and customizations. Part of those customizations include things like swiping left on an alert to disable notifications from an app or swiping right to clear the alert. Or long-pressing on the lock screen to unlock the device, instead of swiping to either side or up as is the case on almost all Android devices.

Performance

The KXD K30’s benchmarks put it near the bottom of the list when it comes to performance. Typically, benchmarks don’t tell the entire story when it comes to a phone; real world use does. But in this instance, the low bar set by the benchmark results were mirrored in daily use.

Performance hiccups were most noticeable when I had multiple apps open and switching between them. On one occasion, I was switching between apps and needed to open Chrome. I tapped on the icon, and waited at least two-seconds for the phone to begin to respond. I actually began to question if I even touched the app icon, and then it opened… slowly.

For its size, the KXD K30 has a relatively small battery at just 3,000 milliamp-hours. You can get through an entire day of moderate use on theKXD K30 but not much more.

And if having a giant screen is of utmost importance, and you’re tightly price-constrained, then the KXD K30 is a worthy contender.

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