of the research firm Gartner accordingSmartphone sales have increased worldwide this year due to high demand for low-cost smartphones in emerging markets. The competition between smartphones in the under Rs 15,000 category has never been this tough and smartphone makers are rolling out a new endeavor almost every month.

At present, this ‘budget’ category is dominated by Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, Lenovo and LeEco and they have a tough competition with Samsung. Launching a product in this segment today is not only fraught with danger but it has become the biggest need to offer something special apart from the specifications and features as per the expectations.

LG aims for its new x screen smartphone Thanks to it, it has got to hold on to this market. Another ‘ticker style’ display has been given in this smartphone. Earlier such a screen was seen on LG’s premium smartphone last year. V10 Was first seen in

design and texture
The 1.7 inch secondary color LCD display (80×520 pixels resolution) stays on all the time even when the phone is turned off. So you can see notifications without even turning on the main display. Notifications appear as they appear in the notification shade. The first alert from an email or WhatsApp will appear as a complete message, but after that, the second alert from the same app will show only the app icon and the picture of the sender. Apart from this, you can also choose to show the time, date and battery level or any custom message permanently in terms of alerts.

The phone’s display is very interactive, so swiping left brings up the quick tools, where there are four toggle switches like sound profile, Wi-Fi, torch and SOS. After this, the music player can be controlled by swiping left again.

When the main display is on, the second screen becomes more functional and shows you four recently used apps, calendar alerts, shortcuts to your favorite apps, and contacts.

We found the second screen given in the phone very useful as it is much better than a notification LED. We think it would have been better if this display was bigger in terms of the length of the main display.

Coming to the design, LG has done a great job with the design of this phone and it looks like a premium phone because of the glass rear. The sides of the phone are made of faux-metal but give a metal-like look. The finish of the phone is good for a phone with a plastic body and it weighs only 120 grams. The phone is also quite thin and its thickness is only 7.1 mm.

The 4.93-inch primary display is fueled by LG’s in-cell touch technology, albeit with only HD resolution. It doesn’t seem to have any negative effects at first, but if you look closely, the text looks a bit blurry. Talking about the brightness, the color reproduction is good and the phone can be read easily even in sunlight.

Button placement is fine and buttons move quite well. There is a hybrid dual SIM tray on the right side which means that two nano SIMs or a single SIM and a microSD card (up to 128 GB) can be used simultaneously. At the bottom, apart from the headphone socket and micro USB port, there is a single speaker grille. The camera module on the rear is a bit protruding but it is a good thing not to get scratched during use.

The one feature that is missing in this phone is the fingerprint sensor. It’s disappointing that the X Screen doesn’t have this added security feature. now on the market very affordable smartphone This feature is also being given in . With this phone you will get a data cable, power adapter and a headset.

Specifications and features
Now things start to change a bit. LG K10 LTE ,reviewJust like the LG X screen, the slightly older Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor has been given, which is much older than the processor of the smartphone available in the market today at this price. Apart from this, this phone has 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage. The phone has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and FM radio. This smartphone does not support USB OTG.

The aging of the chipset affects the benchmark figures. We did not get very good figures from this smartphone in the benchmark test. But the good thing is that Android Marshmallow has been given in this phone instead of Android Lollipop. The stock interface has been replaced with LG UI 5.0 and it is very functional and easy to use.

The phone has a single layer layout by default but you can switch to the traditional app drawer according to your need. SOS mode is a handy feature and works well. Once you have setup an emergency contact, after pressing the power button five times, an SMS is sent to that contact with your current location.

Talking about the pre-installed app, the phone comes pre-installed with Google’s app, file manager, Truecaller and LG’s own app and theme store LG Smartworld. The order of navigation buttons can be customized while Capture+ makes it easy to capture and edit an app or a picture.

Despite the old processor, Android Marshmallow runs well in the phone. Some problems in the phone are noticeable when multiple browsing through the App Store in the phone or multiple webpages opened in Chrome at the same time. Apart from this, the loading of the app is also not very fast. The LG logo has been given at the back of the X screen where the phone feels quite warm. We noticed that the phone gets hot even while taking some pictures and downloading apps.

The second screen in the phone proves to be very useful at times but in direct sunlight the LCD display gets washed out, which makes it difficult to read. When the main screen is off, the second screen is dimmed. Even when the main screen is on, the second screen remains on at full brightness. An OLED panel could have been a better option for the second screen.

The phone does not slip when held in hand as much as we expected. It is comfortable to hold just like the metal body phones available in the market. Full HD video plays well in the phone and there is a special feature in the music player so that it automatically searches the song that you are listening to now. However, the audio quality from the speaker is very average. The mono speaker is loud enough for alerts but it doesn’t affect when media files are playing. Calls can only be made with the accompanying headset.

The 13-megapixel primary camera has been given in the LG screen but you will not get the PDAF feature here so the focus speed is not very good. During shooting, the sensor takes a second or two to focus. Photos come out well in daylight. Both the detailing and color of the pictures are good. Photos taken indoors tend to be slightly scattered which gets worse in low light.

Landscape photos are quite poor in low light but close-up shots are good when the flash is used. The 8-megapixel front camera can be used for selfies with palm and voice gestures, but the pictures are not very clear even in daylight.

The camera app is also very mediocre and lacks even basic features like HDR. The camera has a panorama mode and a long press of the shutter button activates burst mode, which works well. The quality of the video recorded in daylight is good but don’t expect too much from the video in low light.

During the video loop test, the 2300 mAh battery provided in the phone gave a battery life of up to 12 hours and 13 hours. At the same time, during normal use, we could easily run the phone for more than a day. The phone does not have fast charging technology but within half an hour the phone gets charged up to 19 percent which is not bad.

our decision
After spending some time with the LG X screen, we wish other smartphone makers would adopt the concept. It is a really pleasant experience to constantly have the necessary information from each other screen and also save a lot of time by quickly switching between apps and features. If the phone had been given an OLED panel instead of an LCD panel, then the experience could have been more spectacular.

But, it is not the case that this phone should be bought only because of the second screen. X Screen lags behind the competition due to many other features. It seems that LG is stuck at a time when it comes to specifications and features of budget smartphones and these phones seem to have arrived in 2015 instead of 2016.

At a price of Rs 12,990, this smartphone cannot be called a complete package. Despite the good design, battery life and second screen, this phone does not have the specifications capable of Android Marshmallow. Fingerprint sensor and USB OTG support is also not available in the phone. The overall camera performance of the phone is fine.

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