The LG X Power bears its Power suffix courtesy of a very high capacity battery, but is otherwise a budget range device.
You don’t often see much in the way of innovation in the budget space. Budget phones are usually where innovations that were once new and exciting in the premium space eventually trickle down to the common handset. LG has taken a different tack with the LG X Power, giving it a hefty battery pack that’s larger than the batteries found in premium offerings such as the LG G5 or LG V20 phones.
LG X Power: What is it?
The LG X Power is an Android 6.0 ("Marshmallow") phone with a 5.3 inch 720p capable display, running on a Mediatek MT6735 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, plus whatever microSD card you’d care to throw into it. The rear camera is a 13MP model, while the front selfie camera is 5MP. All so far, so ordinary for the asking price, but what makes the X Power certifiably powerful is the integrated, non-removable battery.
LG packs a hefty 4100mAh battery into the X Power, which means its battery dwarfs that of most premium phones by a significant margin. It’s an fascinating point of differentiation for a budget phone, where so many times you’re left with a heavily compromised device with sub-par battery life. The MT6735 processor is no power slurping beast, but even if it was, 4100mAh would give it plenty of power to chew on.
LG X Power Review
This low-cost phone is designed entirely around battery life, but that means that there's a lot riding on its longevity.
"The X Power lives and dies on that remarkable battery performance, and that makes it a decent choice for anyone who’s very forgetful about charging their phone on a regular basis, because you simply won’t need to do so quite as often."
The catch is that performance is underwhelming, as is its design. For a $349 phone, that's possibly not the end of the world though.
LG X Power: Price
The LG X Power is sold only on an outright basis through Harvey Norman stores for $349, which means you can’t get it on a contract with any carrier. You could always buy one and drop a prepaid or month by month postpaid SIM into one, however.
LG X Power: Specifications
|OS||Android 6.01 ("Marshmallow")|
|Processor||Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53|