LG X Power – a phone designed to keep you going all day

The Korean electronics giant LG is clearly inventive with its phones. The current flagship LG G5 is uniquely modular. The LG Stylus DAB+ is the only phone I’m aware of with digital radio built in. And now comes the LG X Power, a phone designed for those who worry about running out of power during the day.

The trick? Just pack a bigger battery into it. It comes with a 4100mAh battery, which LG says is 50% greater than the capacity of the LG Nexus 5X phone. There aren’t many phones around with a battery capacity much above 3000mAh, and it’s a good 33% boost over them. The phone supports fast charging too, just in case. The battery is not removable.

LG X Power rear

And this is in a phone with near low to mid-pricing. The recommended retail price is $349.

Of course, there’s nothing inherently special about putting a large capacity battery in a phone. The main trick that LG has managed is doing that while keeping the phone properly slim, at 7.9mm.

The phone has a 5.3 inch HD screen and a relatively modest 16GB of RAM, but can accept a microSD card to increase capacity. There’s a quad core 1.3GHz processor to power things, with 2GB of RAM. It runs Android 6.0.1. The phone supports 4G for decent data performance.

LG X Power slim design

The 5MP front camera has a full auto function: when it detects your face and decides that both it and your face are still, it takes a photo without you pressing the button. The main camera has 13 megapixels.

Comparative tests by the website Phone Arena suggest that the large capacity battery really does make a difference, with the LG X Power offering 66% more operational time than the iPhone 6s Plus.