LG X Power 2 hands-on: Big battery, but what else?
LG X Power 2 price: TBA
LG X Power 2 release date: TBA
LG is out in force at MWC 2017, and while the flagship G6 is deservedly getting most of the attention, it isn't the only handset the Korean company has unveiled.
The latest entrant in its X-series of phones – which focus on one specific feature per device – is the Power 2. While the name suggests a focus on speed, it’s actually all about the battery. The Power 2 boasts a 4,500mAh cell that pits it directly against the excellent Lenovo P2.
Picking up the LG X Power 2, you'll quickly determine that this is a _phone_ aimed at the lower end of the market. The overall design might be fairly attractive from a distance, but up close things start to fall apart – which isn't surprising given its likely sub-£200 price. The plastic chassis creaks and there’s an odd gap between the different parts of the body.
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The rear of the device also looks and feels strange. It shimmers in the light and has a finish that feels odd to the touch.
When you consider that phones such as the Moto G5, Honor 6X and Lenovo P2 are all offering metal bodies for a similar price, LG could have tried a little harder with the design.
The screen is another area that's lacklustre. It’s a big 5.5-inch panel, but it’s restricted to 720p rather than 1080p. 720p can work well at smaller screen sizes – the Sony Xperia X Compact, for instance – but stretched out as it is here, its limitations begin to show. Icons are jaggedy, pictures lack detail, and even text lacks the smooth finish you’d see on most phones.
Colours, too, appeared a tad drab. On the plus side, there was enough brightness to deal with the powerful convention center lights.
One positive side effect of the lower-res screen can be seen in the handset's battery life – and that’s where the LG X Power 2 really should impress.
An LG rep said the 4,500mAh cell should last multiple days before needing to be charged. Lenovo claimed something similar with its P2 – which has a slightly larger 5,100mAh battery – and it actually managed the feat, so there’s no reason to believe the LG X Power can’t match it.
According to LG, the use of a MediaTek MT7650 CPU will also impact the phone's battery life positively. I haven’t had any experience with this chip, so it’s hard to judge exactly how well it will perform. For this I'll have to run our usual suite of benchmarking tests when we get in the final version for review.
Accompanying the MediaTek chip is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD. I’d heavily suggest investing in microSD if you plan to buy this phone, since 16GB will be limiting if you plan to use this device as a photo and media machine.
A busy convention center isn’t the ideal spot to test out a _phone_ camera, but the 13-megapixel rear camera appeared to be fine at snapping a shot. The app was quick to start and focusing, too, was swift – I’ll need plenty more time with the phone before I can really judge its optics, however.
There’s also a wide-angle front-facing 5-megapixel camera, which should be good for cramming in multiple heads into a picture.
If long battery life is your priority in a phone then the LG X Power 2 could very well be for you. The success of the LG X Power 2 is likely to depend on its price – too close to £200 and the Lenovo P2 becomes a rival that's almost too big to overcome.