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LG X Cam hands-on review | MWC 2016

LG X Cam hands-on review: Before Mobile World Congress had even begun; LG pulled the wraps off a duo of mid-rangers for 2016, the LG X Cam and the LG X Screen. Here’s our hands-on review of the former from Barcelona.

According to LG, the focus of the X range is to offer “one exceptional feature at a price that rivals mid-range smartphones.” In the case of the X Cam its exceptional feature is a reworked version of the duo camera arrangement found on the new LG G5.

The body of the X Cam is impressively thin, with smooth rounding along its edges and sides, making it comfortable to handle, and whilst it doesn’t appear to pack a removable back, there’s a slot on the side that accommodates both a SIM card and microSD expandability.

As with its launch siblings, the X Screen and G5, the X Cam runs on a heavily-skinned take of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, that has notable differences to stock Android such as the absence of an apps drawer. The camera UI looks remarkably similar to the G5 on which the phone as a whole is clearly modelled.

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You can shoot conventional photos with the phone’s standard 13-megapixel sensor, or toggle to the 5-megapixel sensor, which leverages a wide-angle lens. Whilst we haven’t yet had confirmation from LG, if the X Cam mimics the G5’s duo camera arrangement, the larger sensor shoots using a 75 degree field of view (FOV) whilst the 5-megapixel sensor shoots with a 135-degree wide-angle FOV.

It isn’t the fastest phone around when it comes to grabbing a quick snap, but even the 5-megapixel sensor retains enough detail to make the distinctive optical engineering worthwhile.

The X Cam is a fairly large device, dictated by its 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD and inside you’ll find an as yet undisclosed 1.14GHz octa-core processor backed up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There’s no mention of fast charging on LG’s part, but the sizeable 2520mAh should supply up to a day and a half of use based on similarly specced handsets.

Stay tuned for a full review soon.

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