LG X cam first impressions: redefining LG’s mid-range lineup

“The LG X cam features dual rear cameras to help you capture wide-angle photos”

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A couple of weeks ago, LG introduced its new X series with two smartphones – the LG X screen and X cam. While the former brings the secondary ticker display of the LG V10 on a budget, the latter integrates the dual rear camera setup of the LG G5 (first impressions). LG had both devices on display at its MWC booth, and we got a chance to play with the smartphones to give you a quick glimpse at what they bring. Here’s what you get with the LG X cam.

One of the first things you’ll notice when you pick up the X cam is how light and slim it is. The profile measures just 5.2mm, and the phone tips the scales at 118g. The X cam also features a unique tapered curve at the top and bottom edges, which LG says is made possible with the use of its 3D Bending Glass. To get this curved effect, LG has also increased the bezels above and below the display, effectively increasing the screen to body ratio. Our demo unit came in Gold, but you can also get the smartphone in Titan Silver, White and Pink Gold colour options. 

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The smartphone features a 5.2-inch display with full HD resolution. Above the screen if where you’ll find the front 8MP camera, notification LED, sensors and earpiece. There’s LG branding below the screen, but the navigation buttons appear as onscreen controls. The edges of the smartphone feature a polished mirror finish, and on the right you’ll find just the power button. The left edge features the volume rocker and an ejectable tray that holds the SIM card and microSD card slot. The bottom edge houses the micro-USB port, primary microphone and 3.5mm audio jack, while the top sports just the secondary microphone.

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The back panel features a matte finish, and at the very top you’ll find a square module that houses both camera sensors and the LED flash. LG branding at the centre and a loudspeaker grill at the bottom complete the setup at the back.

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The LG X cam’s dual cameras are obviously its highlight, but instead of using the second sensor for depth sensing, as many brands are now doing, LG is using it to let you capture wide-angle photos. The primary camera has a 13MP sensor, while the secondary 5MP unit integrates a wide-angle lens. The interface of the camera app is pretty much the same as what you get on the LG G5. On the viewfinder, you’ll find two blue icons at bottom centre, and you can tap them to easily switch between the normal shooting mode and the wide-angle mode. It’s definitely an interesting feature, and one that will have a lot of use cases in smartphone photography. Interestingly, Samsung has introduced an optional Lens Cover accessory with a screw on wide-angle lens for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, while the LG X cam offers this feature as a part of the device. The front camera of the LG X cam is an 8MP unit. 

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Powering the X cam is a 64-bit octa-core chipset (unspecified) clocked at 1.14GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM. You get 16GB of internal storage to work with, out of which around 10.6GB was available on our demo unit. The microSD card slot lets you expand the storage further. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with LG’s UI on top, and is fuelled by a 2,520mAh battery. The X cam will go on sale in select markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in March, but we don’t have an India-specific launch date or pricing as yet.
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