LG attempts to solve smartphone battery dilemmas with “Power”

There’s a pretty clear attitude in smartphones lately, and it’s this: good luck making it through a day of life unless you buy a phablet. Not all agree with this take, and LG seems keen to prove it wrong.

And the company will be making that happen with a smartphone it says can go the distance with “monster battery life”.

lg-x-power-2016-05Setting itself up as the powerful alternative, LG’s “X Power” — yes, that’s its real name — is essentially a smartphone geared at people who feel they need a lot of battery life, delivering 50 percent more capacity than the Nexus 5X LG manufactured for Google last year.

That brings the X Power to a staggering 4100mAh, a number that LG says will help alleviate any “battery anxiety” you might have in your life.

“This smartphone is great for those who are always on-the-go,” said Bruce Leigh, Marketing Manager for LG Mobile in Australia.

“This device has all of the features and necessities needed, but with the added benefit of a large battery capacity. So you can be glued to your phone playing games or scrolling through social media for longer.”

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So how does LG make this possible? While Pickr hasn’t yet played with the phone, what’s inside the LG X Power reveals at least one reason why the handset should be able to reach that expected life, and it’s not just the massive 4100mAh battery inside.

Rather, LG is using a MediaTek processor in this phone, forgoing the usual Qualcomm Snapdragon processor seen in many other LG smartphones, while the 5.3 inch display runs only at 720p (1280×720).

Essentially, these factors suggest LG has looked for the parts to get battery life up in a device made specifically for this purpose: surviving more than a day of life.

lg-x-power-2016-03Everything else, however, is left intact, including 4G support, 16GB storage with room to move via a microSD slot, a relatively up-to-date edition of Android running on 6.0.1 “Marshmallow”, and a combination of a 13 megapixel rear camera while a 5 megapixel selfie camera sits up front.

Pricing on the phone is made to be fairly competitive it seems, with the outright price of the LG X Power chiming in at $349, with JB HiFi taking the phone exclusively now.

The LG X Power has been added to the Pickr Tracker, so you can make your own comparisons as to whether it will stack up against other phones you might be considering.

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