LG has added another feather to its cap with the launch of its LG X Power smartphone as an addition to its X series.
Reasonably priced, the handset supports 4G VoLTE connectivity. Expected to offer premium core features, the device is available in gold and black color choices. The X Power was released in India towards the end of October 2016 after its arrival in some other countries a month earlier. A noteworthy point is that the Power is available as both a single and a dual SIM smartphone. Both models support nano SIM cards. Three key highlights of this gadget are organization and customization of apps, quick share and speedy backup system. An LED notification light indicates missed activities.
Dimensions, Weight and Body Material
The LG handset has a size of 148.9 x 74.9 x 7.9 mm and weighs 140g. Equipped with a textured back and enclosed in a rear dimpled case, you can be assured that the soft-touch finish device is not slippery and stays firm in your hand. Although a little longer and in wider than its competing counterparts, the device has a really decent size that makes it easy to hold in your hand. Also, because it is really thin and does not weigh much, the gadget is reasonably lightweight. This means that the LG X Power will fit well inside your pocket without tending to make it bulge out. The dimpled case gives the LG baby a decent look when viewed from a distance.
Screen Display and Size, Pixel Resolution and Density
Interestingly, the X Power is equipped with neither the standard 5-inch nor 5.5-inch screen. The smartphone has a Full HD screen of 5.3 inches size. The IPS LCD In-cell Touch screen has a usual pixel resolution of 720 x 1280 along with a pixel density of 277ppi. The manufacturer has taken efforts to protect the screen of its handset from scratches by making use of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for its display glass. However, clarity is not at stake and you can watch videos with satisfactory lucidity and clearness. Although hardly noticeable, the screen tends to taper towards the bottom and the top. Although the ambient light sensor adjusts the screen brightness automatically, outdoor readability can be a bit difficult.
Primary (Rear) and Secondary (Front) Cameras
The Power sports a 13MP rear camera setup featuring autofocus and LED flash. This shutterbug records 1080p videos @ 30 fps. However, the model sold in North America has a slightly lesser 8MP camera that records 720p videos. The front 5MP shooter also records 1080p videos, apart from being able to capture life’s memorable moments either as snapshots or in film formats. Autoshots, gesture selfies and film effect are the key areas where the cameras of the X Power render their best performance. Other standard primary camera features are also supported, even though HDR support is missing. It must be mentioned that there are distinct buttons to capture snapshots and videos so that you don’t miss that right moment.
Hardware, Memory and Software
Even as other smartphones in this price range are available with 3GB RAM, the LG handset sticks on to 2GB RAM. Also, inbuilt storage is restricted to 16GB ROM. However, the X Power compensates for this by allowing its users to expand the memory externally by 256GB. There are three variations of the device with respect to the hardware combination used. One version makes use of a MediaTek MT6735 chipset, a 1.3GHz quad core central processor and a Mali-T720 graphics processor. A second combination comprises a MediaTek MT6755M chipset, a 1.8GHz octa core central processor and a Mali-T860MP2 graphics processor. The third variant features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, a 1.3GHz quad core central processor and an Adreno 304 graphics processor.
Irrespective of the LG X Power model opted for, the device comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating out of the box.
The device provides you with almost all the basic connectivity modes such as Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n, hotspot and direct), Bluetooth 4.1/4.2 (depending on region) with A2DP and LE, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, microUSB v2.0 and USB On-the-Go (OTG).
As the name indicates, the strongest aspect of the LG X Power is its 4,100 mAh non-removable battery. The battery supports PE+, a fast charging technology. With this technology, the battery charges at double the speed of ordinary batteries. Moreover, a completely dead smartphone can be brought to full charge within just 1.8 hours.