LG has released a new mid-range smartphone dubbed LG X5 (2018). The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 SoC which is an octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.5GHz and comes with a 5.5-inch HD 720p display with a more conventional 16:9 aspect ratio compared to the modern 18:9 approach. There’s 2GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal storage, while the optics are taken care of by a rear camera with a 13MP sensor and the front shooter which is a 5MP unit.
The dimensions of the device are 154.7 x 78.1 x 8.9mm and the device weighs in at 171g. The device seems to be slightly on the heavier side, thanks to the mammoth 4500mAh battery which seems to be the highlight of the device. On the software, the device runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with LG’s own skin on top of it.
The device also sports a fingerprint sensor to the back and has support for LG Pay, a contactless payment service through NFC like Apple/Google Pay. There is only one color option available for purchase, namely, Moroccan Blue. The phone has been released in South Korea first, where it has been priced at a whopping KRW 3,63,000 which translates to about $330/INR 22,500.
At that price, LG’s offering in terms of the X5 (2018) seems underwhelming as the specifications of the smartphone seem extremely underwhelming. With more and more manufacturers providing consumers with value-for-money smartphones, LG has decided to take a different route by releasing a smartphone with outdated specs with a hefty price tag that’s no way justified. Phones like the Nokia 7 Plus are priced similarly but offer much more value with the onboard Snapdragon 660, a 6-inch Full HD display and much better cameras.
There is no word yet about availability outside of the South Korean market, but would you buy the LG X5 (2018) if it was released in your country?