LG X Screen - Constant Convenience

LG X Screen  - Constant Convenience
Like all gadget enthusiasts, we share the passion for innovation and features that make our lives just a bit more convenient. Naturally, the flagship segment was the place for cultivating innovation simply because top-end consumers are less price sensitive and developing new technology doesn’t come cheap. As time goes by, we are beginning to see mid-range smartphones showcase innovative features such as LG’s latest X Screen. Determined to make their smartphone more user-friendly, LG took an unconventional approach of installing a secondary screen right above the main screen. Measuring in at only 1.7-inches, the smaller display delivers notifications and shortcuts in a truly unique way. Let’s take a closer look.

LG X Screen

Some mid-range devices are starting to move upmarket with aluminium casings, however LG decided to stick with trusted polycarbonate for the time being. In order to make it more appealing, a few visual tricks such as metal-coloured side bezels were used to disguise its origins. Designers also implemented a glass backplate giving X Screen much needed rigidity. Everything put together, the phone sits exceptionally well in any-sized hand. Measuring in at 142.6 x 71.8 x 7.1 mm and weighing 120 grams, the entire display can be reached without overly stretching your thumbs. We tend to favour bigger screens for work and entertainment, but sometimes they really take a toll on our hands.


LG X Screen

LG’s naming choice indicates that something special is featured on their new device. In spite of measuring in at a mere 1.76-inches and producing 80 x 520 pixel resolution, the secondary screen represents a new take on smartphone convenience. What impact does it have on your daily routine? The two main factors increasing convenience are shortcuts and notifications. Companies such as Samsung implemented solutions to always display your info, but in a much different manner than is done here.  The problem stems from the fact that most screens need to be backlit in order to display content, consuming battery in the process. The larger the screen, the more battery life one sacrifices. By having a small screen that is always on, LG needs to only power that area without disturbing the main screen. Notifications are shown very similarly to what one would see in Android’s usual notification tray, with the first notification displaying a larger portion of the content while subsequent alerts only show the icon. The best part is that users can customize what they want to see on the small screen, whether that be time, date, battery level, or even a custom message. When you start using the phone, the smaller screen genuinely comes to life by offering shortcuts to settings such as Wi-Fi, flashlight, and sound profiles. In addition, users can add their own shortcuts vastly speeding up the entire experience. X Screen’s main display squeezes out 720 x 1280 pixels stretched over 4.93-inches, delivering a thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience.


LG X Screen


The muscle behind LG’s new smartphone is Qualcomm’s quad-core 410 CPU helped by Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM. In terms of performance, the hardware delivers exactly what we expected and everything but the most demanding games ran silky-smooth. Mid-range hardware is getting better by the day, however games are evolving equally fast so games that once required entire consoles like Grand Theft Auto can now be played on a smartphone. Squeezing so much performance on a tiny surface area is incredibly difficulty, yet companies still manage to maintain the momentum. LG’s custom UI looks and feels great, mostly because it doesn’t bombard you with bloatware. The visual aspect of it has been heavily customized, but different themes can be downloaded using LG’s SmartWorld app and you are bound to like at least one theme from the vast collection. Packing 16GB of on-board memory, X Screen gives you some space before asking for expandable storage although you’ll be doing yourself a favour by grabbing a microSD card right away.


LG X Screen

Imaging is handled by a 13-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. Following global trends, LG obviously realized that selfies play a big role in our lives and therefore increased the megapixel count on the front sensor. Apps such as Snapchat gained incredible popularity in a short amount of time so it’s unsurprising to see companies go an extra mile when it comes to selfies. X Screen’s main sensor delivers satisfactory performance in areas with sufficient ambient lighting.

Innovation comes in many different shapes and sizes, but LG’s twist on shortcuts takes smartphones in an entirely new direction. To some, having a secondary screen might seem like a gimmick, yet we’ve grown to love it in the short amount of time we spent testing it. Aside from the fascinating always-on screen, X Screen ticks all the right boxes for a mid-range smartphone.

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