The phone is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, though we don't know if it's a MediaTek chipset like the previous generation or a Qualcomm processor. There 2GB of RAM, up from the 1.5GB of the original. I didn't get much time to play with the phone, but it didn't have trouble opening and switching between a large number of apps, and the only time it stuttered was when I launched the camera.
The name LG X Power can be interpreted in two ways. You might think that it means the phone is very powerful, or you might think that it has a massive battery. Of course, it could be both, but the phone would probably cost a bit more than $130 if that were the case. In the case of the LG X Power the name does refer to its battery, which comes in at a massive 15.58Wh. This is much larger than many phones that are actually thicker, larger, and heavier than the LG X Power, and I discussed in the previous section the likely reasons why LG was able to fit such a large battery into the phone.
When I was in the process of buying my own phone last year, I was faced with a dilemma. As I was still a poor student, at my price point I could have either picked a current midrange phone, or a last generation flagship. I knew the older phone would be able to still perform, but on the other hand, a newer phone could possibly have more efficient technology underneath. With the way mobile technology as a whole has been slowing down in terms of noticeable enhancements, I knew either choice could get me similar performance. As you might know, I ended up going with the old flagship, picking up the LG G3. My decision was based on my belief flagship phones will hold its value for other reasons. In addition, it was also helped by the fact there was a nice large gift card for me if I chose the LG G3. However, this question has still not left my mind. When LG contacted us to take a look at their new low to midrange smartphone, the LG X power, I realized this was a great opportunity to explore the question, seeing where the advantages and disadvantages lay. In this report, I will be looking at the LG X power in general usage, comparing it with the LG G3, and looking at the pros and cons of choosing one over the other. This might not be as extensive of a look at the LG X power, and it will be more based on my personal use case, but hopefully it will help when you make your cellphone decisions too.
Today's review unit of the LG X power arrived from Toronto, Ontario via Purolator Express. We do not get a lot of review units from this shipping company, as there are other larger and cheaper options out there. Even so, our package arrived in a yellow envelope with the LG X power inside. While the goldenrod yellow packaging looks creased, I can assure you the inner contents are in excellent condition. The LG G3 I will be using for comparison was obtained through a local retailer. I should note I have been using it for approximately ten months now, so some things, including battery life, may not be as great as it was on day one due to normal wear and tear. I was a bit impatient in opening up the package, so once I picked it up from Purolator, I drove over to the local library to open it up.
Inside we have a look at the LG X power's retail container. Unlike most of the products we look at here at APH Networks, mobile phones come in very simple boxes. As the experience is less about eye candy and more about the product itself, this is understandable. The front comes in a white and dark pink coloring scheme. For a second, I was a little nervous LG sent us the pink version of this phone, but thankfully no such thing exists. In Canada, the only version of the X power available to us is the black version. The side of the box shows some features and specifications, with the back of the box showing more fine print. Out of the box, you will receive the LG X power, a QuickCharge 2.0 certified charger, and a USB 2.0 micro USB to USB cable. No additional accessories such as a pair of earbuds are included here. The phone itself is wrapped in plastic to prevent any surface scratches.
The LG X power is definitely not a looker by any means. It is quite plain and almost boring. The front holds the 5.3\" screen with a single red LED notification light, front facing camera, and a light sensor. The top holds a speaker used for phone calling. The front panel is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is relatively durable in day to day use. Finally, an LG logo is located near the bottom in a silver metallic finish. The sides are trimmed with two silver bands, but the rest of it is dark gray or black.
A volume rocker can be found on the left side of the phone, while the right holds a power button. The button placement is a bit annoying, since the volume down and power button are directly across from each other. This means sometimes you may power off your phone when you want to lower the volume, or vice versa. Even so, the buttons offer decent feedback, and are raised enough to be easily identified by feel. Near the bottom of the left side is a SIM tray, which pops out. The LG X power takes a Nano SIM. The tray also holds a micro SD card for up to a theoretical extra 2 TB in expansion. Finally, at the bottom, we have two inputs, including a micro USB port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Thankfully LG has yet to pull an Apple on any of their devices by removing the headphone jack.
The back shows off more typical midrange blandness with a grey textured plastic backing. An LG logo flanks the middle, but the back is otherwise uninteresting. At the top left corner, we have the back facing 8 MP shooter with an LED flash below. We will be looking into camera quality a bit further into the report. At the bottom of the phone, we have a small square cutout for the speaker. You might think this back is easily removable, but alas it is completely sealed in. This means you will not have access to the internal battery. However, with a name containing \"power\", you can be sure LG stuck a massive battery in there. Inside is a 4100mAh battery, which is much larger than most phones. We will see how this translates to day-to-day use later on.
In comparison with the LG G3, you can see the contrast between a midrange phone and a flagship one. Despite being two years old now, the G3 has held its own for being a solidly built phone. It is fully plastic, but it feels more premium. Differences include an extra 0.2\" of display on the G3 in addition to a massive bump in resolution. As mentioned previously, the X power holds a 720p display, while the G3 shows off its 1440p display, representing a quadrupling in pixel area. At the time of the release, the G3 was one of the first phones to have a resolution greater than the standard 1080p. This 1440p resolution is now quite standard for top of the line Android devices.
When it comes to dimensions, the X power is actually larger in both height and length. However, the G3 is a whole millimeter thicker. It may not sound like much, but the difference is noticeable. The extra thickness makes the LG G3 easier to hold compared to the LG X power. On the other hand, the LG X power's lightness may be appealing for some, as it tips the scales at around 139g. This is 10 grams lighter than the G3, and at this form factor, this delta is perceivable.
Under the hood, the LG X power has average specifications with 1.5GB of RAM and an unlabeled Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core processor running at 1.3GHz. I would venture a guess and say it is in the 400-series line for Qualcomm, but these are just my thoughts. Meanwhile, the LG G3 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core clocked at 2.5GHz. It also doubles up the RAM at 3GB. Storage-wise is different, with the X power having 16GB, while the G3 has 32GB. Both are expandable with a micro SD card slot.
When it comes to comparing these two phones, day-to-day performance is where you will notice the most differences. Upon turning on the display of the X power, I immediately could tell the difference in resolution. As they are both nearly the same size screen, the sharpness between the two displays is quite apparent. The G3 looks sharper in all circumstances with a pixel density of around 538ppi, while the X power seems just a bit more pixelated at 277ppi. In addition, you will notice the G3's screen is a more vibrant with colors popping out. Meanwhile, the X power's display is faded out. Brightness levels between the two phones are also quite different, as the G3 gets a lot brighter than the X power. On the other hand, the X power is capable of getting darker. Even so, this is a bit subjective as for what you prefer, although the brighter and sharper colors on the G3 are definitely my choice.
Both of these phones are running the latest Android Marshmallow operating system, but the G3 is on 6.0, while the X power is on 6.0.1. It should be noted my G3 received Marshmallow this year, despite being a two year old phone, and generally this is the case for flagship devices. As the reputation of manufacturers sometimes hinge on their ability to keep their phones up to date, most major Android device manufacturers try to do so for their flagships. On the other hand, midrange or low end phones do not get this sort of treatment, and are usually left in the dust. While I was testing the X power, I did receive a minor update for some battery improvements. I also doubt either phone will be receiving Android Nougat 7.0 anytime soon either.
User interfacing between the two phones are quite similar, although the X power does have a second home screen, which looks terrible and I avoided it as fast as I could. Both run LG's UX interface, and it is a relatively lightweight skin with some LG themes and apps preinstalled. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of bloatware and duplicated apps between LG and Google, including calendar and email apps. The LG X power also had a bit of Bell Mobility bloat, which could not be uninstalled. Your mileage may vary depending on the source of your phone. 59ce067264