Hands-on with LG's dual camera toting X Cam
The LG X Cam, as you can probably guess, is all about the camera. But does this approach of giving each one a flagship feature actually work? Let’s take a look and see.
1) Dual cameras on the back
The biggest feature for the LG X Cam is its camera set-up, and in some ways it’s quite similar to the flagship G5's.
Instead of just one sensor, the X Cam has both 13- and 5-megapixel versions next to each on the back. Like the G5, this extra sensor can be used to add some depth to your shots and make things a little wider.
It certainly doesn’t function as well as its flashier brother, though. Switching between modes is slow and autofocus takes a while to lock on to targets.
2) Specs straight out of the mid-range, but a strong screen
While the majority of the specs for the LG X Cam are far from exciting – 1.1GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM – it does have a really nice, 1080p 5.2-inch display. Viewing angles are great and it wasn’t completely ruined by the bright trade show spotlights shining directly on it, which is always a good sign.
There is only 16GB of internal storage, though, which is far too low these days.
3) Android 6.0.1 with LG’s skin
The LG X Cam comes with Android 6.0.1 out of the box – something which can’t be said of every budget phone. But don’t come here expecting a near-stock Android experience.
LG’s skin seems to have grown slightly more overbearing this year and LG’s taken the decision to completely remove the app tray – a move that’s pretty common with Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei. I’m against it, but even Google’s been rumoured to be ditching it from Android N later in the year.
4) Thin and light, but quite plasticky
Considering the X Cam has a 5.2-inch display, it still manages to remain a fairly compact device. It’s thin and weighs next to nothing. Seriously, when I picked it up I almost felt there was no battery inside.
That lightness is achieved because there’s no metal here – instead the whole phone is constructed from slightly cheap-feeling plastic. There’s a bit too much flex here for my liking, and it has that almost hollow feeling when you tap it in the middle.
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LG has yet to confirm the price and release date for the X Cam at the time of writing.
The X Cam has a lot of the parts that make up a good budget phone. It’s got a nice 1080p display, a decent camera and the latest version of Android. But I’m not convinced LG’s approach to cherrypicking a headline feature and building a phone based solely around that is a good idea.
The budget smartphone market is not only crowded these days, but it’s also very competitive. LG couldn’t confirm to me what the retail price of the X Cam was going to be, but it needs to be priced well to stand a chance.