LG Tribute Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty – lmx220pm vs lmx320pm vs sp200

The nomenclature of the recent tribute series smartphones gives a feeling that they are the flagship devices. What comes to your mind after hearing Dynasty, Empire, and Royal? However, in reality, they fall at the bottom of the ladder. LG Tribute series offers budget smartphones with the bare basic features.

In this post, we are going to find whether the latest entrant in the series, Tribute royal is a true successor of Empire or not. Whether you should upgrade from Empire or stick with it for some more time.

First of all, we are going to find out the differences and later one we are going to cover the similarities between the 3.

So, Let’s start with the differences –

Difference Between LG Tribute Empire, Tribute Royal & Tribute Dynasty

LG Tribute Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty
LG Tribute Empire, Royal & Dynasty – Front

 

LG LM-X220PM vs LM-X320PM vs SP200
LG Tribute Empire, Royal & Dynasty – Back

 

1. Release Date & Price – Difference between Tribute Empire, Royal & Destiny

RELEASE DATE & PRICELG Tribute EmpireLG Tribute RoyalLG Tribute Dynasty
Model NumberLM-X220PMLM-X320PMSP200
Release DateJanuary 2019November 2019January 2018
Current PriceAround $50Around $70Around $50

Every year there comes a new Tribute device from Sprint. LG Tribute Royal is the latest entrant in this series. It was launched in the month of November 2019. This is the 7th Tribute device after LG Tribute, Tribute 2, Tribute 5, Tribute HD, Tribute Dynasty & Tribute Empire.

In 2019, two Tribute devices were launched at once. First Tribute Empire came in January 2019, then Tribute Royal arrived in November 2019. Check out their current prices with the help of the below screenshots. You can click on the screenshot to buy the phone.

LG Tribute Empire Price (Feb 12, 2020)
LG Tribute Dynasty Price (Feb 12, 2020)
LG Tribute Royal Price (Feb 12, 2020)

 

 

2. Body – Tribute Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty

 

LG Tribute Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty
LG Tribute Empire, Royal & Dynasty (Left to Right)

 

BODY DESIGNLG Tribute EmpireLG Tribute RoyalLG Tribute Dynasty
ColorsWhitePlatinum GreyChampagne Gold
Dimensions144.8 x 71.9 x 8.1 mm (5.7 x 2.83 x 0.32)146.8 x 71.6 x 8.4 mm (5.78 x 2.82 x 0.33)144.8 x 71.9 x 8.1 mm (5.7 x 2.83 x 0.32)
Weight4.94 oz (140 g)5.22 oz (148 g)4.9 oz (139 g)
Removable Battery


LG Dynasty & Empire have almost identical form-factor, shape & size. They also have a removable battery.

Tribute Royal is the first tribute phone with a non-removable battery. It’s also the first Tribute phone with an 18:9 aspect ratio. As evident in the above picture, it has a taller body & a bigger display.

They all come in different colors. Tribute Dynasty comes is Gold, Empire is White & the LG Royal is Platinum Grey in color.

3. Phone Layout – lmx220pm vs lmx320pm vs sp200

LG Tribute Empire vs Royal - Power Button
LG Tribute Empire & Royal – Power Button
LAYOUTLG Tribute EmpireLG Tribute RoyalLG Tribute Dynasty
Power Button LocationBackRightBack
Speaker Grill Location BackBackBack
Headphone Jack LocationBottomBottomBottom
Sim Card/Memory Card LocationUnder the Battery DoorLeftUnder the Battery Door
Additional Button
Google Assistant Key on the Left

Similar to Tribute HD, Tribute Royal has the Power button on the right. LG Empire & Dynasty have their power key on the back of the phone.

Tribute Royal also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant key on it’s left below the volume rocker.

As Tribute Royal has a unibody design with a non-removable battery, the SIM tray is located outside on the Left.

4. Display – LG Tribute Dynasty vs Royal vs Empire

 

LG Tribute Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty
LG Tribute Empire, Royal & Dynasty (Left to Right)
SCREEN / DISPLAYLG Tribute EmpireLG Tribute RoyalLG Tribute Dynasty
Screen Size5 inches5.45 inches5 inches
Aspect Ratio16:9 ratio18:9 ratio16:9 ratio
Screen Resolution/Wallpaper Size1280 x 720 pixels1440 x 720 pixels1280 x 720 pixels
Pixel Density294 ppi282 ppi294 ppi

The biggest improvement in Tribute Royal can be seen in the Display. The Screen size is increased from 5 to 5.45 inches. Thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio. Even with the bigger screen, the body dimensions remain almost the same.

In the above picture, you can notice the increased screen estate in LG Royal. It has got thinner bezels as compared to Dynasty & Empire.

5. Hardware – Royal vs Empire vs Dynasty

HARDWARE LG Tribute EmpireLG Tribute RoyalLG Tribute Dynasty
Processor/CPU1.5 GHz Octa-Core2.0 GHz Octa-Core1.5 GHz Octa-Core
Chipset Mediatek MT6750Mediatek MT6762Mediatek MT6750
GPUARM Mali T-860 MP2PowerVR GE8320ARM Mali T-860 MP2

In the hardware department, we can see some improvement in Tribute Royal. While Empire & Dynasty share the same 1.5 GHz Octa-Core MT6750 Mediatek Processor, Tribute Royal comes with an improved Mediatek MT6762 CPU with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz.

6. Software – sp200 vs lm-x220pm vs lm-x320pm

LG Tribute Empire vs Royal - Android Version
LG Tribute Empire & Royal – Android Version
SOFTWARE LG Tribute EmpireLG Tribute RoyalLG Tribute Dynasty
Android VersionAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 7.1.2 Nougat
User InterfaceLG UX 7.0LG UX 7.0LG UX 6.0
Camera Manual Mode / Controls


Android 10 is hardly seen in budget smartphones as of now. Tribute Royal comes with Android Pie 9.0 which can be seen as an improvement over the Oreo 8.1.0 on Tribute Empire. Tribute dynasty is still on Android Nougat 7.1.2

All the 3 phones come with a rear 8 MP camera and front 5 MP camera. There is a significant improvement in the picture quality in the LG Tribute Royal. Its Selfie camera also offers Portrait mode with blurred background.

Tribute Empire and Royal offer Manual Mode. We can manually adjust the focus and light intensity.

7. Battery – LG Tribute Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty

BATTERY LG Tribute EmpireLG Tribute RoyalLG Tribute Dynasty
Capacity2500 mAh3000 mAh2500 mAh
Battery Life / Talk TimeUp to 15 hrsUp to 20 hrsUp to 15 hrs

While Tribute Dynasty and Empire share the same 2500 mAh battery. Tribute Royal comes with a bigger 3000 mAh battery.

You can expect up to 15 hours of Talktime from LG Tribute Empire & 20 hours talk time from Tribute Royal.

The only drawback is that it’s a non-removable battery so you cannot keep a spare battery as an emergency backup.

Similarities between LG Tribute Royal, Empire & Dynasty

Similarities between the 3LG Tribute Empire, Royal & Dynasty
BUILD & DESIGN
Body MaterialPlastic
Memory Card Slot/Expandable MemoryUp to 32 GB Micro SD
Waterproof
DISPLAY
Display Type/TechnologyIPS LCD
Gorilla Glass/Glass Screen Protection
Contoured/Curved Edge / Arc Glass
NETWORK 
Sim Size/TypeNano
GSM/CDMACDMA + GSM
GSM Unlock StatusLocked
CarrierSprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile
Wifi Calling
VoLTE
SENSORS 
Accelerometer
Gyroscope/VR Compatibility
Magnetometer/Digital Compass
Fingerprint Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
CONNECTIVITY 
USBMicro USB 2.0
USB OTG
Bluetooth
Wifi Hotspot / Tethering
GPS
Screen Mirroring / Miracast
MHL / Slimport / HDMI Compatible
NFC / Android Pay / Android Beam
IR Blaster / TV Remote
ADDITIONAL FEATURES 
FM Radio
Notification LED Light
Handwriting / Stylus Support
Quick Charge / Fast Charging
Wireless Charging / Qi-enabled
MEMORY/STORAGE 
Internal Storage/Memory/ROM16 GB
Expandable Memory
Maximum SD card capacity/sd card sizeUp to 2 TB
RAM2 GB
SOFTWARE
Face Unlock / Facial Recognition
Flashlight
Google Assistant
Multi-Window /Split Screen
CAMERA SPECS & FEATURES 
REAR
Megapixels8 MP
Autofocus
Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
FlashSingle LED Flash
ZoomUp to 4x, Digital
Video Resolution1080p @ 30 fps
Slow Motion
Time Lapse
Video Stabilization
HDR
Face Detection
FRONT
Megapixels5 MP
Flash
Video1080p @ 30 fps
Root & Custom ROM Status  
ROOT Compatible
Bootloader Unlock Compatible
Custom Rom Available

The above table shows the similarities between the 3 phones. It covers even those features which are missing from all 3 phones.

 

Conclusion

The above comparison shows that Tribute Royal is headed in the right direction. We can see improvement in most of the areas. It feels an all-new device when compared to Tribute Empire.

The same cannot be said about the Empire as a successor to the Dynasty. Empire & Dynasty are almost the same with hardly any differences.

We can conclude that Tribute Royal is leading in these areas –

  • Better Looks
  • Feels more compact in hand
  • Dedicated Google Assistant Key
  • Bigger display
  • More Powerful Hardware
  • Newer Android Firmware – Pie 9.0 vs Oreo 8.1.0
  • Higher Capacity Battery

Areas where Tribute Empire beats Royal –

  • Removable Battery

 

 

 

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LG Tribute Dynasty Screen Replacement Cost, Kit & Guide – SP200

LG Tribute Dynasty is the 5th Tribute series phone after LG Tribute, Tribute 2, Tribute 5 & Tribute HD. Sprint’s LG Tribute series offers budget smartphones with bare minimum features.

They fall in the price bracket of $60-$100. In this price range, a Gorilla Glass is quite difficult to offer. As a result, the Screen is susceptible to damage even with a slight fall. The same is the case with the LG Tribute Dynasty. You should always use it with a Case and Screen Guard. However, if your screen is already damaged then the screen needs to be replaced.

There are 2 Scenarios –

  • In most of the cases, the Glass breaks but the Touchscreen still works. In such a case you would like to spend on the outer Glass Lens only. It’s cheaper than an LCD but more difficult to replace.
  • If the impact is severe it could damage the Touch Screen Digitizer and/or LCD. In such a case we need to replace the LCD assembly.

In this post, we are going to deal with both the scenarios one by and repair a broken Tribute Dynasty Glass on our own. So, Let’s proceed with the Troubleshooting –

How to Replace the LG Tribute Dynasty Screen

LG Tribute Dynasty Screen Replacement cost depends upon the replacement kit you purchase. There are 3 types of replacement kits. Let’s check them out one by one –

 

1. LG Tribute Dynasty Outer Glass Lens Cost

LG Tribute Dynasty Screen Replacement Cost

In more than 80% of the cases of screen damage, the outer glass breaks but the touchscreen remains intact. When this happens, you can replace the outer glass lens only. However, this is easier said than done.

Only a professional can replace the outer glass lens with precision. You need to use a heat gun to remove the broken glass. The LCD film is quite thin and can get damaged while pulling the broken glass pieces.

You can get the Tribute Dynasty outer Glass Lens for around $9.

 

2. LG SP200 LCD Assembly Cost

LG Tribute Dynasty LCD Replacement Cost

If your Dynasty Touchscreen has stopped responding or the LCD has turned all black due to damage, then we need to replace the whole LCD assembly.

Removing the LCD is quite easy. After detaching the LCD frame, we need to pull the broken glass pieces. The difficult part here is to paste the new LCD with the same precision as the factory fitting. For a non-professional, this is still a tough job.

You can buy the LG Dynasty SP200 LCD Assembly for around $17.

After getting the LCD Assembly, follow the below video for Dynasty Screen Replacement. The below video belongs to LG Aristo 2, which is the same model with a different name. The procedure would remain the same –

 

3. LG Dynasty LCD with Frame Cost

LG Tribute Dynasty LCD Frame Replacement Cost

The 3rd option is the costliest, yet the easiest among the 3. An LCD with Frame offers the same precision as the factory fitting. No one will be able to tell that the screen is replaced. The best part is you can do this on your own even if you’re doing it for the first time. Tribute Dynasty Sp200 LCD with Frame would cost around $22 which is just $5 more than an LCD Assembly without Frame.

If you’re doing this for the first time just make sure to place these few parts from the older frame to the newer one. We need to pull the Volume Rocker, Headphone Jack, Vibrator Motor, Camera Module, External Loud Speaker, Ear Speaker & Proximity Sensor from the old Frame and place it at the respective position in the new one.

The below video will help you in fixing the broken screen on your tribute dynasty. The video is made for LG Aristo 2 which is nothing but Tribute Dynasty with a different name –

 

Please share your outcome. Which option worked for you? Were you able to pull this off on your own?

 

 

 

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