“LG’s latest mid-ranger is a battery beast, but not much else”
In a surprising turn of events, the LG G6 (first impressions) was the star smartphone of MWC, with practically no other flagship of note being unveiled at the show. Alongside the device, LG also had on display two newly-announced smartphones – the X power2 and Stylus 3. The mid-rangers come with different use cases, with the former betting on battery life as a redeeming factor. We got a chance to spend some time with the device at MWC, and here’s what we thought.
Unlike Samsung, which has made considerable effort with its A-series lineup, LG is still banking on a stale formula for its mid-range devices. The X power2 is a decidedly uninspired smartphone, with a plastic back panel sporting a textured finish that still manages to pick up smudges easily. The front of the smartphone is possibly more boring than the rear, with thick bezels and a 5-inch HD display that’s both glossy and reflective. The only redeeming factor of the device is its thinness, which at 8.4mm is quite sleek for the huge battery lurking inside. LG claims the battery offers up to 15 hours of continuous video playback, and can charge completely in two hours. USB OTG is also supported.
The X power2 features a front 5MP camera with a wide-angle lens and soft LED flash, as well as a 13MP rear camera with an LED flash. A fingerprint sensor, now a standard on even budget smartphones, is conspicuously absent.
The internals comprise of a MediaTek MT6750 chipset, paired with either 1.5GB or 2GB RAM, and 16GB/32GB of storage. The X power2 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with LG’s custom UX on top. LG hasn’t yet announced pricing for the device, but availability begins this month starting from Latin America, followed by a launch in Asian markets. We don’t know if LG plans to launch the X power2 in India yet, but if it does, it’ll have plenty of competition from the far more well-equipped mid-rangers flooding the market these days.