Price (RRP): $349
I find LG a little hard to understand sometimes. It certainly has innovative new features in its (now two models of) premium phones. But it keeps on introducing features to its lower priced models that might well be of interest to premium buyers, were they included in those phones. So the moderately priced LG Stylus has a DAB+ radio built in. And the model I’m looking at here, the LG X Power, has a very long battery life, primarily by dint of putting a whopper of a battery into it. Neither of those appear in a premium LG.
Perhaps you just can’t fit a big battery into a phone with other premium features.
The LG X Power is a budget phone with a mixture of useful features with some possibly significant limitations.
The battery – it’s not removable – holds a charge of 4100mAh, which is at least one key to long life. Phones batteries are typically around 3000mAh or less. Despite the capacity of the battery, the phone manages to just 7.9mm thick and it weighs 139 grams.
The rear seems to be plastic, but it’s softly textured and well supported by the body, so it looks and feels quite classy. The glass of the screen is inset into the frame. Barely, just enough to be detected with a fingernail. The volume controls are on the left. The power button on the right. The “Home” button is soft and it, along with the back and apps button use up a portion of the display.
LG Australia doesn’t seem to mention much about the screen apart from it being a generously sized 5.3 inches (13.5cm). I determined that the screen resolution is what you expect for a phone in this price range: high resolution at 720 by 1280 pixels, but not Full HD. It does not say what kind of glass is used on the display. (Some US versions of the LG X Power specify Corning Gorilla Glass 3, but they have enough differences to possibly be quite different phones.)
Inside it is powered by a quad core 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6735 processor. The amount of RAM is not stated, so I guess it’s nothing to boast about. It comes with 16GB of storage, but a microSD card slot supports additional memory, up to 2TB if and when such cards become available. It runs Android 6.0.1.
The phone is 4G enabled, operating on the main bands in Australia: FDD (Telstra’s speed-multiplier system): 2100/1800/850/2600/900/700MHz, and TDD (Optus’): 2300/2600Hz. The LTE category is not mentioned, so one might have to “make do” with no more than 150Mbps downloads.
The phone comes with a fast charger and very uncomfortable looking earbuds/microphone. The built in speaker is on the back, so its sound is often muffled just by being placed down flat.
As I am writing right now, it’s just a little after 1pm on Friday. The LG X Power phone is showing 24% as the amount of charge left in the battery. I always set phones to display percentage. Don’t you?
The last time it saw a charger was when I unplugged it at 7am on Tuesday morning, 78 hours ago.
Now, I’m not a heavy phone user. I talk to someone for maybe five minutes a day on average, and only send and receive a few texts daily. But I do frequently consult various apps for online information, and I did do quite a bit of setting up and then updating apps, and a little bit of game play in that time.
To give a sense of things, I rarely challenge the battery of my Samsung Galaxy S6 in a single day. On a very quiet day I go to bed with the charge down to 70%. On a busy day, perhaps 40%. With usage like I’ve been using the LG X Power, I’d say below 50%. The phone would have been cactus by Thursday morning. Which is why I charge it every night.