LG releases two new mid-range X phones

X cam and the X screen

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[/blockquote]LG has today dished out a pair of mid-range X phones smartphones dubbed  X series dubbed the X cam and the X screen. Both devices have taken one particular interesting feature from the company’s more premium range phones and trickled them down to “a price that rivals mid-range smartphones.” The larger X cam has a dual-camera system at the back, featuring a 13-megapixel and a 5-megapixel sensor, with the latter likely to be used for depth sensing and facilitating some more advanced shooting modes. We are likely to see this in LG’s upcoming G5 flagship handset — which is also set for an MWC debut later this week.

The new X screen phone offers a new deployment of an already familiar LG technology: the secondary “news ticker” display above the main panel, which was first introduced with the V10 last year. It serves up notifications and basics like the time and date along with shortcuts to frequently used apps and controls for calls and music playback. The X screen’s main display measures in at an unconventional 4.93 inches and LG lists its resolution as “HD”, which suggests a rather outdated 720p. The X cam’s 5.2-inch screen offers 1080p resolution.

Both of LG’s new phones make significant cutbacks in the spec department: they have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, relatively small batteries, and low-power processors. That makes their eventual price points all the more interesting, as we can’t judge LG’s spec decisions without knowing exactly how much they save for the consumer. The big idea here, as expressed by Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Mobile, is that “customers shouldn’t have to pay for features that they don’t want.” With Android Marshmallow and LTE connectivity on board, both the X cam and X screen still have a reasonable chance of satisfying most users’ needs, even without having the most outstanding components within.

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LG’s new X series will launch in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America next month, available in a choice of colors. Both handsets will be offered in white and pink gold, with the X cam also including the silver option pictured here and a gold variant, while the X screen just adds a black model.