LG X Screen is defiantly a unique smartphone in the budget segment. But is does compromise in many aspects, especially the battery life and camera performance. Considering the performance camera quality and battery life it will be better to consider Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 2, Moto G4 Plus and Honor 5C instead of LG X Screen.
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LG X Screen Full Review
The smartphone has a standard 4.93 inch IPS display and a secondary Always-on display. LG X Screen impress us only by being different in the market, this review will help you to decide whether to purchase LG X Screen or not.
The Always On display
LG X Screen has a 1.76 inch Always On display with a resolution of 80×520 pixels. This small display will show you the Quick Access settings, notifications and recently used apps. When the main display is turned off, it even shows date, time, battery indication and icons for unread notifications, along with everything else. Proximity sensor is placed right above the secondary display, sometimes, the sensor will turn of this small display if you try to access it. If you have a big finger, you will find it difficult to use the narrow panel. It will sometime get annoying, while trying to swipe to quick settings, especially if you are tired or sleepy.
The best part about the second screen on the X screen is it is easily accessible thanks to its size and placement. The phone has four assigned Quick Tools for sound profiles (general, silent, or vibration), Wi-Fi, flashlight, and SOS.
This secondary display is not a necessary feature; we use it because it exists!
Build and Design
The LG X Screen doesn’t have a metal build. It has fiber glass on the rear, and plastic rim on the side, which looks like metal. The finish id definitely smooth and seamless, but it does not really look premium. The LG X Screen does give good grip even with its dual-glass sides. The handset is a fingerprint magnet; you will have to find time to clean them as well. The main 4.93-inch display has large bezels, making the phone less compact than it could have. However, it is not hard to use it, you can type with comfort. The handset weighs only 118 grams, which is incredibly light. The screen does look different, but it does not create a lasting impression for you. The build quality is not that great, but the LG X Screen do have good ergonomics. The dimensions are 142.6 x 71.8 x 7.1 mm.
Display and UI
The 4.93 inch IPS HD display does reproduce accurate colors and have good viewing angles. This display has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and pixel density of 298 ppi. The colors are vibrant and not over saturated. The colors are on the warmer side, which makes the display look pleasant. The touch response of the display is not very good. The display doesn’t have a good brightness level, automatic display brightness features does not work very well either. It is almost a 5 inch display, and most other smartphones with similar display size have full HD resolution. The LG X Screen’s HD display with accurate color reproduction and good viewing angles will be enough for causal video playback.
The LG X Screen runs LG’s custom UI based on Android 6.0.1, the custom UI is not that good. There is noticeable lag while using it, the heavy customization of icons and menus are the main reason. While using the UI, we feel like LG only made an attempt to make it look different, they didn’t do anything to add more features.
Smartphones like Honor 5C, LeEco Le 2 and Moto G4 has better, cleaner interfaces than the LG X Screen. The LG X Screen has double tap to wake and sleep feature.
The LG X Screen disappoints us in terms of performance. The device is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, which was unveiled 3 years ago. LG X Screen’s graphics are managed by Adreno 306 GPU. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is coming with Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC in the same budget. Even the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, which costs Rs.8999 comes with Snapdragon 430. Both these Xiaomi handsets, which are less expensive perform better than the LG X Screen.
LG X Screen has 2GB RAM, which not enough to keep the OS run smoothly without the heavy customization. If you keep 3 or more tabs open in the background while browsing internet, it will lag noticeably. With Facebook, Email, Google Maps and Prisma open, the LG X Screen noticeably struggled to swiftly change between apps, or even reload the apps. Most of today’s budget smartphones perform better than the LG X Screen. There is 16GB internal storage, and the handset supports up to 2TB of storage expansion using MicroSD card.
We did had issues with the UI, but gaming is different. The handset seems to perform very well in gaming. Asphalt 8 is more playable than in the Helio P10 powered YU Yunicorn. It is not smooth, but playable with significant lags. The touch performance of the LG X Screen also effects the gaming experience.
LG X Screen does have very good network reception; we didn’t experience any call drop during the tests. The earpiece audio is not loud enough, it is hard to use it in noisy environments, you will struggle to hear everything clearly. The speaker, placed behind the MicroUSB port at the bottom is nothing exceptional.
Performance is weak in LG X Screen comparing with other smartphones in the same segment. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, LeEco Le2, Moto G4/G4 Plus, Honor 5C can outperform this smartphone in terms of performance.
The LG X Screen comes with a 13MP CMOS sensor with a f/2.2 aperture, and the quality is disappointing. Photos taken in broad daylight have good color balance, but it does not impress in terms of light distribution. The photos have noise even in daylight, and there is also a distinct lack of details. The image quality is worse when you come indoor or in low light. The images will have more noticeable noise and colors lack accuracy and vibrancy. The rear camera can record Full HD videos at 30 FPS.
The camera pp is simple, but just like the rest of the UI, the camera app lack responsiveness and smoothness. The 8 MP front camera lacks details too, even in minimum softness. There is no reason to recommend the LG X Screen over the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Moto G4 Plus and LeEco Le 2 for camera performance.
LG X Screen scored poorly in Geekbench 3 Battery benchmark test, even with regular usage. LG X Screen ran out of juice within nine hours of moderate usage. This will go even low if you do gaming. The always on display will save us from using the main display too often, but it does impact the battery performance. The 2300 mAh battery pack is rather small, may be that makes the phone quite slim. I would prefer a thicker a phone with better battery life. The LG X Screen charges from 0% to 100% in about 54 minutes, which is fairly decent.
Other features are Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS. There is a MicroUSB v2.0 for data and charging purposes.
We can’t recommend LG X Screen over other smartphones in the similar budget segment. The phone costs Rs.12990, and you can buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 2, Honor 5C and even the Moto G4 for the same or lower price with better performance.