In its ongoing quest to produce a phone people actually want to buy, LG has announced it'll be launching a new mass-appeal handset with an enormous 4,500 mAh battery.
Due to be unveiled at – you guessed it – Mobile World Congress, the LG X Power2 is the first of LG's new X range, a set of devices each centred around one feature that "are usually found only in premium smartphones." In this case, it's a giant battery twinned with a 5.5-inch HD screen, to satisfy people who want to mainline Netflix without being chained to a power socket.
Apparently "designed to operate for an entire weekend without recharging," the X Power2 claims to offer 15 hours of back-to-back video viewing from a full charge. Alternatively, it can do 14 hours of sat nav or 18 hours of "web surfing" (people still use that term?).
When you need to power back up, it won't take too long despite that oversized battery: the phone includes quick charging, and can refill by 50% in an hour. A full charge is apparently around two hours (while that sounds like a given, battery tech is weird and not all charging happens at equal rates).
It's pretty clear from LG's press release that this phone is designed to do one thing well, rather than offer a good all-round experience. The "mass market" designation means it'll likely be a mid-range price tag (though we haven't been given pricing info yet), so realistically to pay for the battery and screen, other areas of the phone will be weaker. In particular, the choice of 2GB or 1.5GB (!) RAM is very poor, and the phone only has 16GB of internal storage – though it's expandable with microSD.
Here are the specs:
· Display: 5.5-inch HD
· Chipset: 1.5 GHz octa-core
· Camera: Rear 13MP, front 5MP (wide angle and LED flash)
· Memory: 2GB or 1.5GB RAM, 16GB ROM, microSD up to 2TB
· Battery: 4,500mAh (non-removable)
· OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
· Size: 154.7 x 78.1 x 8.4mm
· Weight: 164g
· Network: LTE/3G/2G
· Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 b, g, n), Bluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0
· Colours: Black Titan, Shiny Titan, Shiny Gold, Shiny Blue
There are a few extras: the X Power2's screen apparently gives improved visibility in bright sunlight, while the selfie camera has a soft LED flash and a wide-angle lens for panoramic selfies of up to 8 people without a selfie stick. LG used the word 'wefies' for this, and we nearly didn't write about the phone in protest.
The Face Detection, Gesture Shot and Gesture Interval Shot selfie features from previous LGs are in there, too – that thing where you communicate with the phone using weird robot sign language to get it to take your picture. And finally, LG says there's no lag between the shutter button and the shot being taken.
After its launch at MWC, we can expect the X Power2 in Latin America from the beginning of next month, then the US, Asia, Europe "and other regions." We'll let you know pricing when we have it.