LG X Power smartphone review
A battery with a phone built in
- Low price
- Large battery
- Battery should last even longer
- Strong competitors
- Mediocre camera
For a phone that's all about the battery, we expected this to last even longer - like its rivals do. The camera is poor in low light and the components are low powered. There's not much to like here.
Price$ 349.00 (AUD)
It’s called the X Power because it has a 4,100mAh battery which is the biggest on the market. The next largest is the 4,000mAh unit in the excellent Huawei Mate 8. Even the iPhone 7 Plus hits just 2,900mAh. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is 3,600mAh.
Why start a phone review with the battery? Because it’s by far the strongest feature of this phone. It’s actually probably the only noteworthy feature.
While it ‘only’ costs $349, it still finds itself with serious competition at the low-end of the Android phone market.
5.3in, 720 x 1280, 277ppi IPS LCD screen, 16,2GB RAM; 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, Mali T720 GPU, 8/13MP cameras, Android 6.01, 4,100mAh battery, microSD slot (shared), 149 x 75 x 8mm, 139g. Full specs here.
Design and handling
The phone doesn’t look particularly cheap. The understated dark blue of the chassis and the full-width glass of the front are quite sophisticated. There’s no fingerprint reader unfortunately but otherwise there’s little to suggest this is a budget phone (at first glance). It sits well in your hand and doesn’t feel like it’s going to slip out. While the front screen uses the older Gorilla Glass 3, the light weight means that it feels less brittle than many competitors should it get dropped.
The screen isn’t the brightest or most colourful we’ve seen. Nor is it the highest resolution at only 720p. But it suffices for most tasks for undemanding users. The Auto Brightness feature is a complete clusterfail, though – expect to be manually adjusting brightness a lot.
In terms of speed it rarely felt slow when using regular apps. Games like Asphalt 8 and Pokemon Go could take a fair bit longer to load but once up and running they weren’t too bad – Asphalt’s 3D racing ticked along nicely although some Pokemon actions could slow down and get laggy. It wasn’t unplayable, but it wasn’t great.In Virtual Reality apps, things got very laggy quickly and the screen door effect was noticeable. Forget about VR with this phone unless it's for simply watching stereoscopic videos.
While the OS is the latest version of Android (Marshmallow), LG has installed some features over the top of it that we’d rather weren’t there. While features like backing up to LG’s own cloud might sound attractive to some, it gets in the way of using regular Google backup features. Furthermore, having a Close All button right next to the App Switcher icon could be infuriating for obvious reasons. But all in all, it’s not far removed from a stock Android system.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 3 Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: including Portrait Mode
- 4 Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Samsung details 8-point battery safety check for all new devices
- Samsung blames batteries from two makers for Note7 explosions
- Low-end Android phones could get VR with new Imagination GPU
- Android device updates: the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are finally getting Nougat
- HTC's U Ultra flagship attacks the high end with a glass back, an AI companion, and a second screen
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- TPProject Manager - Data ManagementSA
- FTMicrosoft Systems EngineerVIC
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- CCDevOps Lead - Agile/AWSVIC
- TPSQL Server DeveloperNSW
- TPDynamics CRM Technical Delivery ManagerVIC
- FTSecurity System EngineerSA
- FTTechnical Business AnalystVIC
- FTLead Software Engineer - JavaQLD
- FTProject Delivery Manager | PortfolioQLD
- FTScrum MasterQLD
- FTBusiness Solutions SpecialistNSW
- CCTechnical WriterACT
- TPFinancial Project management - Multiple grant programsNSW
- TPService Desk AnalystVIC
- FTTechnical Consultant MS Dynamics AXNSW
- TPTechnical WriterACT
- TPSenior Applications Support AnalystSA
- TPChange ManagerNSW
- CCBusiness Project ManagerNSW
- FTBid ManagerVIC
- FTLevel 2 Service DeskNSW
- FTCheckpoint Firewall and VPNNSW
- TPProjects Planning ManagerQLD
- CCSOA Oracle DeveloperNSW