x PhoneArena is hiring! News writer
LG X Power Review

Introduction


If you want a dirt-cheap phone with a huge battery, LG has got something for you. The LG X Power is a plastic phone with a generic design, but what makes it worth a look is what’s under the hood: a giant, 4100mAh battery.

The LG X Power features a 5.3” display, but its physical size is more akin of that of a modern 5.5-inch phone - it’s those screen bezels that make this phone appear a bit larger than its peers.

A phone is a long-term investment, so we’re not looking at just size or battery. We ought to answer the most important question: is the LG X Power a good phone all around? And is it worth buying or are there too many compromises that come with its low price? Join us as we take a deeper look at its performance, camera capabilities, display quality and battery longevity below.

Design

With its generic plastic design, the LG X Power does not look great, nor does it stand out in any way. It’s still solidly put together, though.

LG X Power Review
LG X Power Review
LG X Power Review

A throwback to the plastic Android phone designs that were prevalent a couple of years ago, the LG X Power feels a bit like an old-time relic, but without the value usually associated with such antiques: it’s an all-plastic affair with no trendy metal or glass elements. It is cheap and it feels cheap, period. Yet, this does not mean that it is flimsy: rather the opposite, it’s still put together solidly, with no moving parts.

We also appreciate that it’s relatively thin, despite its large battery. The X Power measures 0.31”, or 7.9mm in terms of thickness, and it weighs 139g for a very light-weight, airy feel.

The back cover has a very delicate pattern to it and a soft-touch finish that makes it a pleasure to hold. Overall, the X Power - with its slightly tapered screen towards the top and bottom and the lack of any rough edges - is fairly ergonomic, with a cozy in-hand feel.

Disappointingly, there is no fingerprint scanner on the phone. These days we store a ton of personal data on our devices, and we see the lack of fingerprint protection as a fairly critical omission, even on a cheap phone like the X Power.

Just in case you’re wondering, the handset also lacks any form of special water protection.


LG X Power

LG X Power

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 74.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Dimensions

6.02 x 3.02 x 0.39 inches

153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Xiaomi Redmi 3S

Xiaomi Redmi 3S

Dimensions

5.48 x 2.74 x 0.33 inches

139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)

LG X Power

LG X Power

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 74.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Dimensions

6.02 x 3.02 x 0.39 inches

153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Xiaomi Redmi 3S

Xiaomi Redmi 3S

Dimensions

5.48 x 2.74 x 0.33 inches

139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

The 5.3” LCD display has bluish colors and lacks a bit in terms of sharpness, but the bigger issues are its annoying big bezels and screen reflections that make it harder to see outdoors.

LG X Power Review

The LG X Power sports a 5.3” IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.

There are two big drawbacks about this display: it’s got big bezels all around, which makes the physical size of the phone larger than it ought to be, and secondly, it’s a very reflective panel that is hard to read outdoors.

The 720 x 1280 pixel resolution works out to a pixel density of 277ppi, so yes, there is some pixelization that’s especially visible when you read text. For such an affordable phone, though, that’s expected and not a huge flaw in our book.

Colors are also far and away from perfection: whites have a blue tint and colors on the whole are just off. The color gamut is limited and tones appear dumbed down.

We should also note that there is an ambient light sensor that adjusts screen brightness automatically well. It’s a given for most high-end phones, but we still see some affordable phones without it, so it’s nice that LG does not cut corners in this regard. It’s also nice that the phone has an LED notification light signaling when you have missed messages.



FEATURED VIDEO

16 Comments

belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Lg haters trolling here

zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I just realised the Audio output is at 1V, which is very good of a budget phone of this caliber...if PA really claim these have the correct audio output like that...might consider as a backup

mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

i just bought this phone on cricket for $10 via number port in promo, and it only records video in 720, NOT 1080 !!! buyer beware! at least it was only $10

zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Ooh a X Power review! I really, really dislike how some versions have the 212. It should be the 410/415 used.

WAusJackBauer

Posts: 444; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

"On-screen keyboard vibration feedback is poor, making typing slower" lolwut? "Uninspiring, plastic design" Plastic is arguably better because you don't have to worry about the back of your phone cracking.

ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

he can't find better cons than that, lol... Pros Fairly affordable Excellent battery life Decent performance Decent image quality from both rear and front camera how can it get 6.5/10 with this much pros and arguable cons? lol.. but well, its phonearena afterall, cant get legit review score around here

zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lol I stopped looking at the scores a looong time ago. Kinda meaningless to me at dis poimt

aladab

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

This is a cheap phone... You dont mind, that iphone (htc) has even bigger bezels, right?

medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Get rid the onscreen button, it has no bussines in small phone eating precious screen estate, Its an eyesore.

gdfmason

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

has died it displays a blue battery with a red ? inside of it tried holding power and volume dn at the same time and it blinks then goes right back to the same screen

mrwiggles204

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 26, 2016

Anyone else with this phone experiencing accelerometer and orientation sensor problems

mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

not me

baxterkangaroo

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

My lg X power has 8-core ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.81GHz with 2GB RAM. It has a MediaTek MT6755 SoC so im guessing that one of the various chipset used with this phone

baxterkangaroo

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Oh nvm. I have the LS755 variant from Boost Mobile

williepeck99

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 30, 2017

I have the LGLS755 variant from virgin mobile and it's a great phone. I haven't checked out the camera much yet but mine records in 1080 or 720 whatever you prefer. Mine also has the mediatek MT6755 which is 1.18 GHz octacore. One annoyance is the gallery app is non existent and there's a lot of bloatware.

Chris8095

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 2017

I've owned my x power for almost a year and I've played and used countless powerful apps and games with no issues. I also have 16 GB of onboard. To top it all off I've dropped this bad boy on concrete, linoleum tile, hardwood, and even just straight ground probably 40 or 50 times and it just started cracking bad about a month ago when it hit asphalt but just minor spider cracks. All in all I have never been happier with a phone.
X Power
  • Display 5.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh(27h 3G talk time)

Latest Stories