Specs summary

Screen
4.9"

The LG X Screen's screen is 4.9 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 6.2 days standby time, 1260 minutes (2G).



This reasonably-priced Android smartphone feels great in the hand and performs well.

- Jon Mundy , TechRadar 

Users who do not want to forgo a second screen in this price range will have to accept clear restrictions in other aspects.

- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck 

Reviews summary

6.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 8 reviews

What's good  

  • Attractive build and design
  • Second screen provides most relevant information
  • Decent processor performance

What's bad  

  • Main display max brightness too low
  • Camera provides mediocre performance
  • Second screen too dim in sleep mode to view properly

With the smartphone market flooded with dozens of budget, mid-range and premium phones, it’s getting harder for manufacturers to produce devices that stand out. Nowadays, almost all of them have the same rectangular slab design and large screens. With the release of the X Screen, LG hopes to increase their base with the addition of a secondary screen ticker.

At first glance, the X Screen doesn’t look too different from other smartphones. It sports rounded edges and a polycarbonate body with a faux-metal finish to the edges. Despite the budget materials, reviewers were impressed with the overall fit and finish of the phone. In addition, they found the smaller size (4.93 inches tall and 0.27 inches thick) made it perfect for one handed use. Plus, the lightweight of 120 grams allowed them to use it with zero hand fatigue.

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Of course the biggest feature of the X Screen is its dual screen. The main screen measures in at 4.93 inches and has a resolution of 720pixels. Despite the lower resolution, experts actually had no issue with its sharpness as the smaller screen size actually leads to a higher pixel density. And since it is using IPS LCD technology, it provided them with excellent viewing angles and balanced colors. With that said, they did notice colors looked a bit washed out and it had poor sunlight legibility due to the low maximum brightness.

The dual “ticker” screen is always on and sits atop the main screen. It measures only 1.8 inches diagonally and provides a resolution of 520 x 80. While not sharp, it is only meant to display important information such as the date, time, battery level and relevant notifications. While the resolution wasn’t a deal breaker for experts, they did find the screen far too dim in sleep mode, making it difficult to read, defeating the purpose of the ticker. While a good idea in theory, most consider it superfluous as it only takes a couple seconds to wake up other smartphones.

As far as speed goes, this cannot compare to many mid-range or premium phones. Still, the 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM provided a decent enough experience that reviewers were able to multitask with no stutters or lag. Gaming, however, is another story. While they were able to play less demanding games, some of the more intensives ones suffered from low frame rate. Battery-wise, the X Screen managed to last a full day with moderate use.

Unsurprisingly, the 13MP main camera did not impress experts. Their shots, while generally color accurate, were often grainy and lacked detail when cropped even in good lighting conditions. Images became much noisier indoors or in other low light situations. They also noticed fairly high levels of lag in between shots, leading to missed pictures.

Overall, critics have a hard time recommending the LG X Screen. NDTV states, “Besides the good design, battery life and the second screen, it’s far too underpowered to properly handle Android Marshmallow…and overall camera performance is quite underwhelming.” Android Pit adds, “…the mediocrity of the X Screen is apparent. The display is always a bit too dark and the processing performance is just sufficient.”


Reviews (6.5/10 Avg. rating)


Unique but underpowered

from What Mobile

The LG X Screen is a good handset that comes at a bad time. With an outdated processor and stiff competition, the allure of a second display isn’t really enough to warrant purchase alone. The Lenovo Moto G4 can be had for practically the same price and trumps it in all areas, including scre... More

The LG X Screen is a good handset that comes at a bad time. With an outdated processor and stiff competition, the allure of a second display isn’t really enough to warrant purchase alone. The Lenovo Moto G4 can be had for practically the same price and trumps it in all areas, including screen, camera and processor capabilities. Had LG shipped this with a faster chipset, we’d be inclined to give it a higher score. As it is, there’s better value for money elsewhere.

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The second screen doesn’t stand out

from The Indian Express

LG X screen has a stylish form factor, decent camera and is good with multitasking. But I feel LG is asking for a bit too much of a price here for a phone that lacks full HD display and fingerprint scanner. LG wants its second screen to stand out among competition. But frankly, I did not fin... More

LG X screen has a stylish form factor, decent camera and is good with multitasking. But I feel LG is asking for a bit too much of a price here for a phone that lacks full HD display and fingerprint scanner. LG wants its second screen to stand out among competition. But frankly, I did not find much use case for the feature.

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Doesn't offer a comprehensive enough package to warrant a purchase

from NDTV

After spending a good amount of time with the X screen, we wish more manufactures implemented this concept. Having a second screen constantly displaying basic, relevant information is a real boon and the ability to quickly jump between apps and features is a real time-saver. It just would have be... More

After spending a good amount of time with the X screen, we wish more manufactures implemented this concept. Having a second screen constantly displaying basic, relevant information is a real boon and the ability to quickly jump between apps and features is a real time-saver. It just would have been a lot better with a OLED panel rather than a LCD one.

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Outdated hardware for price

from PC Magazine

LG X Screen is a good looking smartphone with a not-so-powerful hardware. At this price point, we have smartphones that surpasses the X Screen in all aspects. making it hard to recommend this.

LG X Screen is a good looking smartphone with a not-so-powerful hardware. At this price point, we have smartphones that surpasses the X Screen in all aspects. making it hard to recommend this.

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Mid-range phone with the always-on second screen

from TechRadar

If you're looking for an affordable Android phone with a solid design, strong performance, sterling battery life, and a competent camera, the LG X Screen is a reasonable choice.

If you're looking for an affordable Android phone with a solid design, strong performance, sterling battery life, and a competent camera, the LG X Screen is a reasonable choice.

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Equipped with two screens for little money

from Notebookcheck

The second screen in LG's X Screen is a nice feature and an eye-catcher, particularly in this price range. However, LG had to make cutbacks in other places for this, and this is unfortunately noticed everywhere in LG's X Screen. The speaker squeals with treble-heavy sound, the screen is below-ave... More

The second screen in LG's X Screen is a nice feature and an eye-catcher, particularly in this price range. However, LG had to make cutbacks in other places for this, and this is unfortunately noticed everywhere in LG's X Screen. The speaker squeals with treble-heavy sound, the screen is below-average for the category and is not very bright.

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Screen bit too dark, performance just sufficient

from AndroidPIT

The LG X Screen would be a fairly ordinary mid-range smartphone if it weren't for the second screen. The X Screen doesn't perform all that well but the second screen does prove to be useful especially with recently used apps. It's also light-weight and convenient.

The LG X Screen would be a fairly ordinary mid-range smartphone if it weren't for the second screen. The X Screen doesn't perform all that well but the second screen does prove to be useful especially with recently used apps. It's also light-weight and convenient.

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Secondary screen, smooth performance

from Recombu

If it wasn't for the LG X Screen's second display, it would be a pretty bog-standard mid-range mobile. Performance is fine and battery life is about average, while the main 4.93-inch screen is a bit washed out and inferior to rivals like the Galaxy J5. Still, that secondary display is a cool feat... More

If it wasn't for the LG X Screen's second display, it would be a pretty bog-standard mid-range mobile. Performance is fine and battery life is about average, while the main 4.93-inch screen is a bit washed out and inferior to rivals like the Galaxy J5. Still, that secondary display is a cool feature that's genuinely useful; but you'll really need to want it to choose the X Screen over other handsets.

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