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LG X Cam Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 08/26/2016

Camera expert. LG's latest product line with an "X" in its name combines mid-range smartphones with handpicked features that are normally found in the smartphone premium range. LG's X Cam stands out with a special "x-tra" in the camera section. Find out whether the camera module's quality is also "x-tra" good.

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Like the present G5 flagship smartphone by the Korean manufacturer, LG's X Cam module features a rear-facing dual-primary camera with two modules: A 13 MP primary camera (75 ° standard angle) and a 5 MP wide angle module. Beyond that, it has a high-resolution front-facing camera (8 MP) for selfies.

The mid-range smartphone also sports a 2500 mAh battery besides a MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor alongside 2 GB of RAM. The internal eMMC storage has a capacity of 16 GB, which can be expanded via a micro-SD card.

At an RRP of 299 Euros (~$334), LG's X Cam finds itself in one of the most competitive smartphone sectors and the list of potential rivals is correspondingly long. We use Lenovo's Moto G4, ZTE's Blade V7, OnePlus' X, and Huawei's P9 Lite for comparison in this test. The "big brother" LG's G5 serves as the test reference.

LG X Cam
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 424 PPI, capacitive, multitouch, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SD , NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, Miracast, Wifi Direct, Android Beam, DLNA
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, LTE (800/1800/2600 MHz), 3G (850/900/1900/2100 MHz), 2G (850/900/1800/1900MHz), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.9 x 147.5 x 73.6 ( = 0.27 x 5.81 x 2.9 in)
Battery
2500 mAh Lithium-Ion, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 6 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 7 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 260 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 260 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix 75° standard angle: 4160 x 3120 pixels; 120° wide angle: 2560 x 1920 pixels
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: onscreen, LG Smart Keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, headset, charger, USB data cable, quick start guide, LG UI, KnockCode, Easy Home, Capture+, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.562 W/Kg (head), fanless
Weight
118.2 g ( = 4.17 oz / 0.26 pounds), Power Supply: 41 g ( = 1.45 oz / 0.09 pounds)
Price
280 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Although LG's X Cam looks as if it is made of aluminum at first glance, the mid-range smartphone's casing is plastic. LG's X Cam makes a somewhat lower quality impression than devices with a glass (OnePlus X) or metal (ZTE Blade V7) back cover. The edges around the 5.2-inch display look relatively wide. This is also reflected in the screen-surface ratio of almost 69%. Nevertheless, the just 6.9-millimeter slim smartphone is pleasant to hold with its weight of 118 grams.

The plastic casing's stability is satisfactory. Despite the slim build, wave formation only develops on the screen when high pressure is applied on the back. The incorporated plastic keys provide a good pressure point and are easy to access.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The 16 GB eMMC storage is not very lush in view of the focus on camera. The user has approximately 10.15 GB for personal use after deducting the operating system. At least it is possible to expand the storage via a micro-SD card by up to 2 TB, and moving compatible apps to the SD card (App2SD) is also supported.

A micro-USB 2.0 port on the handset's underside is present for recharging the smartphone. It is not possible to connect external storage devices via USB OTG. A status LED for notifications and NFC chip are further features of LG's smartphone. LG's X Cam also supports wireless media streaming: Miracast, Wi-Fi Direct, Android Beam, and DLNA. Transmitting content to an external monitor wirelessly to a Sony Android TV functioned without issues in the test.

Software

As to system software, LG relies on a modified user interface based on Google's latest Android version 6 Marshmallow. The manufacturer's user interface hardly looks like Google's stock Android. The app and folder design, as well as the missing app drawer (ex-factory), correspond to the Korean manufacturer's design language. The animations are also very prominent, which does not really contribute to the system's subjective performance. The latter can be disabled in the developer options. Quick access to camera and notes (Capture+) are present. Furthermore, the handset can be unlocked via the "Double-Tap-to-Wake" gesture.

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Communication and GPS

Fluctuations in transfer rates, Iperf-Client
Fluctuations in transfer rates, Iperf-Server

LG's X Cam features Bluetooth version 4.2 and NFC (near-field communication) for wireless communication between mobile devices. Beyond that, Wi-Fi standards 802.11 b/g/n are onboard. The reception quality of the installed Wi-Fi module is decent, and the attenuation of just below -42 dBm in the (Telekom Speedport, W921V) router's direct vicinity is low. The average data transfer rates of 50 Mbit/s (transmit) and 42 Mbit/s (receive) at a distance of 1 meter to our Linksys EA8500 reference router are on a typical level for entry handsets.

The LTE smartphone accesses mobile Internet with up to 150 Mbit/s in download and 50 Mbit/s in upload (LTE Cat.4). The 800, 1800, 2600 LTE frequencies, as well as quad-band GSM and quad-band UMTS, are supported. The reception in the German D network was satisfactory in a big city.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
303 MBit/s ∼100% +625%
LG X Cam
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
41.8 MBit/s ∼14%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
LG G5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
151 MBit/s ∼100% +203%
LG X Cam
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.8 MBit/s ∼33%
GPS test, outdoors
GPS test, indoors

The integrated A-GPS receiver enables mobile localization. Outdoor tracking was possible with an accuracy of approximately 2 meters. Setting up a sufficiently strong satellite signal for finding us indoors was also possible. In our practical test where the mid-range smartphone's GPS module and Garmin's Edge 500 GPS bike computer both log a route simultaneously, LG's X Cam deviated by approximately 300 meters on the roughly 12-kilometer route. The achieved accuracy is comparatively poor for a mid-range handset.

GPS Test LG X Cam
GPS Test LG X Cam
GPS Test LG X Cam
GPS Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS Test Garmin Edge 500

Telephone and Call Quality

Phone app

LG uses its own phone app in the X Cam model. It offers common features, such as a call list and integrated phone book.

The earpiece's sound quality was unsatisfactory in the test. Our contact's voice output sounded distorted and had an echo. We performed the test calls with Skype and via the German D-network (Vodafone). In return, the microphone's voice quality was good and ensured a sufficient intelligibility at our end.

Cameras

Front-facing camera photo

Like LG's G5, the front-facing camera in LG's X Cam has a high resolution of 8 megapixels (2448x3264 pixels, 4:3). The lens provides satisfactory results in good light conditions. It does not have an autofocus, but it offers the option of illuminating image areas differently by tapping the screen.

The dual-camera module consists of a 75 ° standard angle camera with a resolution of 13 megapixels (4160x3120 pixels) and a 5-MP camera (2560x1920 pixels) with a wide angle of 120 °. It has an aperture of f/2.0. Photos shot in good light conditions are compelling for a mid-range handset. However, they look a bit blurry (scene 1 & 2: surroundings and woods) compared with LG's G5. Furthermore, the dynamic range in the photos is too low, which strongly dims the photos in extremely different light conditions. High image noise and a very evident blurriness increases in shots taken in low-light conditions (scene 2: street). Photos with the 5-MP wide angle camera look somewhat pale and low-contrast. Also, the lens' low-light performance is worse than that of the standard-angle primary camera.

LG's X Cam records videos in a maximum quality of 1080p at 30 FPS.

Standard angle (75 °)
Wide angle (120 °)
Combined wide and standard angle

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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Accessories and Warranty

In addition to the smartphone, a user's manual, USB cable, and modular power supply for recharging the battery were found in the box. The manufacturer also included an in-ear headphone for LG's X Cam.

According to the warranty card, the manufacturer's warranty is 24 months from date of purchase.

Input Devices and Handling

The usual three Android onscreen buttons for "back", "multitasking", and "home screen" are used for controlling the handset. The capacitive touchscreen responds quickly and reliably. LG's own "Smart Keyboard" is preloaded ex-factory as an input option.

Onscreen keyboard, portrait mode
Onscreen keyboard, landscape mode

Display

Subpixel grid

The 5-inch LC display in LG's X Cam has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which results in a pixel density of approximately 424 PPI. The available resolution ensures a sharp reproduction of displayed content in routine use.

Although the screen's maximum brightness of 362 cd/m² is sufficiently bright for most application scenarios, the rivals clearly outperform it. We determined a very similar rate of 363 cd/m² in our measurement of equally distributed bright and dark areas (APL 50).

348
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
362
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
359
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 362 cd/m² Average: 348.2 cd/m² Minimum: 3.76 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 362 cd/m²
Contrast: 1448:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.8 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 8.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
Gamma: 2.22
LG X Cam
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
ZTE Blade V7
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Lenovo Moto G4
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
OnePlus X
Active Matrix OLED, 1920x1080, 5
Huawei P9 Lite
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
LG G5
IPS Quantum, 2560x1440, 5.3
Screen
-21%
12%
-3%
-6%
25%
Brightness middle
362
409
13%
724
100%
312
-14%
505
40%
784
117%
Brightness
348
411
18%
723
108%
314
-10%
468
34%
774
122%
Brightness Distribution
94
96
2%
87
-7%
91
-3%
88
-6%
91
-3%
Black Level *
0.25
0.38
-52%
0.71
-184%
0.74
-196%
0.43
-72%
Contrast
1448
1076
-26%
1020
-30%
682
-53%
1823
26%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.8
9.4
-38%
4.5
34%
6.28
8%
4.1
40%
6.5
4%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.9
17.6
-48%
8.4
29%
5.8
51%
11.7
2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.4
11.6
-38%
4.9
42%
8.24
2%
4.9
42%
8
5%
Gamma
2.22 99%
2.25 98%
2.44 90%
2.12 104%
2.5 88%
2.22 99%
CCT
8242 79%
9597 68%
6496 100%
8145 80%
7116 91%
8699 75%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
68.08
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.46

* ... smaller is better

Both the contrast ratio of 1448:1 and the black level of 0.25 cd/m² (APL 50: 0.26 cd/m²) are on a very good level for a mid-range handset. The analysis using a photospectrometer and CalMAN software shows relatively low shifts in color (6.8) and grayscale (8.4) reproduction. The measured color temperature of 8242 Kelvin is a bit too cool (ideal value: 6500 Kelvin) and a minor bluish tint is visible.

CalMAN Colorspace (target color space: sRGB)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)

The very good contrast ratio of 1448:1 also ensures good legibility of the liquid crystal display outdoors. However, the screen's relatively low maximum brightness makes it difficult to recognize content in direct sunlight. The viewing angles are IPS-typical and content is displayed fairly color accurate even in very flat viewing angles.

Viewing angles
Outdoors, sunny with reflections
Outdoors, shade

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 74 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 27 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

MediaTek's MT6753 installed in LG's X Cam is an ARM SoC (system on a chip) built in 28 nanometers and has 8 CPU cores based on the 64-bit capable Cortex A53 architecture. The configuration of an octa-core SoC and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM mostly ensures a smooth system and browser performance in routine use. However, the animations of LG's UI were almost annoyingly slow in our opinion. Compared with the Qualcomm competition (Lenovo Moto G4, OnePlus X), LG's X Cam is outperformed clearly in most synthetic benchmarks - Huawei's P9 Lite also offers a better processor performance than LG's handset.

The speed of the 16 GB eMMC flash memory is in line with the determined SoC performance of LG's X Cam. With exception of the read speed, the access rates clearly lag behind the other mid-range rivals. The micro-SD card slot also does not achieve the performance level of the comparison devices. We tested the speed of LG's X Cam with a Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 (max. 95 MB/s read and 80 MB/s write), and it comes in last place in the AndroBench 3 test with just 37 MB/s in read and 19 MB/s in write.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
LG X Cam
19.3 MB/s ∼22%
ZTE Blade V7
20.89 MB/s ∼24% +8%
Lenovo Moto G4
49.7 MB/s ∼57% +158%
Huawei P9 Lite
25.1 MB/s ∼29% +30%
LG G5
45.53 MB/s ∼52% +136%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
LG X Cam
37.13 MB/s ∼38%
ZTE Blade V7
43.67 MB/s ∼45% +18%
Lenovo Moto G4
78.49 MB/s ∼81% +111%
Huawei P9 Lite
60.81 MB/s ∼63% +64%
LG G5
78.53 MB/s ∼81% +112%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
LG X Cam
5.52 MB/s ∼3%
ZTE Blade V7
7.58 MB/s ∼5% +37%
Lenovo Moto G4
37.5 MB/s ∼23% +579%
OnePlus X
14.22 MB/s ∼9% +158%
Huawei P9 Lite
15.35 MB/s ∼9% +178%
LG G5
16.22 MB/s ∼10% +194%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
LG X Cam
18.07 MB/s ∼10%
ZTE Blade V7
28.07 MB/s ∼16% +55%
Lenovo Moto G4
36.4 MB/s ∼21% +101%
OnePlus X
16.31 MB/s ∼9% -10%
Huawei P9 Lite
38.22 MB/s ∼22% +112%
LG G5
89.26 MB/s ∼52% +394%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
LG X Cam
65.84 MB/s ∼27%
ZTE Blade V7
39.45 MB/s ∼16% -40%
Lenovo Moto G4
46.3 MB/s ∼19% -30%
OnePlus X
49.31 MB/s ∼20% -25%
Huawei P9 Lite
46.24 MB/s ∼19% -30%
LG G5
141.26 MB/s ∼57% +115%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
LG X Cam
201.55 MB/s ∼23%
ZTE Blade V7
196.76 MB/s ∼22% -2%
Lenovo Moto G4
272.2 MB/s ∼30% +35%
OnePlus X
235.51 MB/s ∼26% +17%
Huawei P9 Lite
283.55 MB/s ∼32% +41%
LG G5
427.65 MB/s ∼48% +112%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG X Cam
35471 Points ∼14%
ZTE Blade V7
37070 Points ∼15% +5%
Lenovo Moto G4
45242 Points ∼18% +28%
OnePlus X
52463 Points ∼21% +48%
Huawei P9 Lite
50366 Points ∼20% +42%
LG G5
124244 Points ∼50% +250%
Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
LG X Cam
2497 Points ∼7%
ZTE Blade V7
2669 Points ∼7% +7%
Lenovo Moto G4
3052 Points ∼8% +22%
Huawei P9 Lite
3768 Points ∼10% +51%
LG G5
5507 Points ∼15% +121%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
LG X Cam
535 Points ∼11%
ZTE Blade V7
614 Points ∼12% +15%
Lenovo Moto G4
720 Points ∼15% +35%
Huawei P9 Lite
883 Points ∼18% +65%
LG G5
2396 Points ∼49% +348%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
LG X Cam
1002 Points ∼24%
ZTE Blade V7
944 Points ∼23% -6%
Lenovo Moto G4
1022 Points ∼25% +2%
OnePlus X
1117 Points ∼27% +11%
Huawei P9 Lite
1373 Points ∼33% +37%
LG G5
1695 Points ∼41% +69%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
LG X Cam
245 Points ∼3%
ZTE Blade V7
245 Points ∼3% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4
609 Points ∼7% +149%
OnePlus X
643 Points ∼8% +162%
Huawei P9 Lite
473 Points ∼6% +93%
LG G5
4468 Points ∼54% +1724%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
LG X Cam
294 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade V7
293 Points ∼5% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4
669 Points ∼10% +128%
OnePlus X
710 Points ∼11% +141%
Huawei P9 Lite
554 Points ∼9% +88%
LG G5
3277 Points ∼51% +1015%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
LG X Cam
10234 Points ∼13%
ZTE Blade V7
10430 Points ∼13% +2%
Lenovo Moto G4
9668 Points ∼12% -6%
OnePlus X
17156 Points ∼22% +68%
Huawei P9 Lite
13676 Points ∼17% +34%
LG G5
20997 Points ∼27% +105%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
LG X Cam
6044 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade V7
6170 Points ∼1% +2%
Lenovo Moto G4
9816 Points ∼2% +62%
OnePlus X
14541 Points ∼3% +141%
Huawei P9 Lite
11318 Points ∼2% +87%
LG G5
32109 Points ∼6% +431%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
LG X Cam
6649 Points ∼3%
ZTE Blade V7
6786 Points ∼3% +2%
Lenovo Moto G4
9783 Points ∼5% +47%
OnePlus X
15051 Points ∼7% +126%
Huawei P9 Lite
11769 Points ∼6% +77%
LG G5
28730 Points ∼14% +332%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG X Cam
13 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼0% -8%
Lenovo Moto G4
17 fps ∼0% +31%
OnePlus X
21 fps ∼0% +62%
Huawei P9 Lite
19 fps ∼0% +46%
LG G5
74 fps ∼1% +469%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG X Cam
12 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4
17 fps ∼1% +42%
OnePlus X
23 fps ∼1% +92%
Huawei P9 Lite
19 fps ∼1% +58%
LG G5
47 fps ∼1% +292%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
LG X Cam
4.8 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼0% -6%
Lenovo Moto G4
6.4 fps ∼0% +33%
OnePlus X
8.6 fps ∼0% +79%
Huawei P9 Lite
7.8 fps ∼0% +63%
LG G5
42 fps ∼1% +775%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
LG X Cam
4.5 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4
6.7 fps ∼0% +49%
OnePlus X
10 fps ∼0% +122%
Huawei P9 Lite
8.4 fps ∼0% +87%
LG G5
30 fps ∼1% +567%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
LG X Cam
3.1 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼0% -6%
Lenovo Moto G4
fps ∼0% -100%
Huawei P9 Lite
4.5 fps ∼0% +45%
LG G5
31 fps ∼1% +900%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
LG X Cam
2.9 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4
4.5 fps ∼0% +55%
Huawei P9 Lite
4.9 fps ∼0% +69%
LG G5
17 fps ∼0% +486%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
LG X Cam
3882 Points ∼29%
ZTE Blade V7
3947 Points ∼30% +2%
Lenovo Moto G4
5154 Points ∼39% +33%
OnePlus X
4450 Points ∼34% +15%
Huawei P9 Lite
5339 Points ∼40% +38%
LG G5
5581 Points ∼42% +44%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
LG X Cam
10 Points ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
10 Points ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4
10 Points ∼0% 0%
OnePlus X
843 Points ∼41% +8330%
Huawei P9 Lite
765 Points ∼38% +7550%
LG G5
900 Points ∼44% +8900%
Graphics (sort by value)
LG X Cam
424 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade V7
430 Points ∼1% +1%
Lenovo Moto G4
843 Points ∼3% +99%
OnePlus X
1975 Points ∼7% +366%
Huawei P9 Lite
818 Points ∼3% +93%
LG G5
4807 Points ∼17% +1034%
Memory (sort by value)
LG X Cam
600 Points ∼10%
ZTE Blade V7
790 Points ∼13% +32%
Lenovo Moto G4
652 Points ∼10% +9%
OnePlus X
662 Points ∼11% +10%
Huawei P9 Lite
1346 Points ∼21% +124%
LG G5
1478 Points ∼24% +146%
System (sort by value)
LG X Cam
1178 Points ∼7%
ZTE Blade V7
1188 Points ∼7% +1%
Lenovo Moto G4
1499 Points ∼9% +27%
OnePlus X
2225 Points ∼14% +89%
Huawei P9 Lite
2438 Points ∼15% +107%
LG G5
2925 Points ∼18% +148%
Overall (sort by value)
LG X Cam
232 Points ∼3%
ZTE Blade V7
249 Points ∼3% +7%
Lenovo Moto G4
295 Points ∼3% +27%
OnePlus X
1252 Points ∼15% +440%
Huawei P9 Lite
1197 Points ∼14% +416%
LG G5
2079 Points ∼25% +796%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
LG X Cam
18.343 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade V7
18.19 Points ∼5% -1%
Lenovo Moto G4
22.314 Points ∼7% +22%
OnePlus X
28 Points ∼8% +53%
Huawei P9 Lite
29.03 Points ∼9% +58%
LG G5
49.7 Points ∼15% +171%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG X Cam
12958.3 ms * ∼22%
ZTE Blade V7
13761.1 ms * ∼23% -6%
Lenovo Moto G4
10813 ms * ∼18% +17%
OnePlus X
7264.1 ms * ∼12% +44%
Huawei P9 Lite
9396.5 ms * ∼16% +27%
LG G5
3461.1 ms * ∼6% +73%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG X Cam
2752 Points ∼6%
ZTE Blade V7
2689 Points ∼5% -2%
Lenovo Moto G4
3402 Points ∼7% +24%
OnePlus X
4810 Points ∼10% +75%
Huawei P9 Lite
4756 Points ∼10% +73%
LG G5
9731 Points ∼20% +254%

Legend

 
LG X Cam Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade V7 Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Moto G4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
OnePlus X Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei P9 Lite HiSilicon Kirin 650, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG G5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 32 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

The Mali-T720 MP4 graphics unit integrated in MediaTek's MT6753 has four clusters that clock at up to 600 MHz. The Mali GPU renders current games from the Android Play Store, such as N.O.V.A. 3 or Need for Speed No Limits, smoothly. The touchscreen also responded quickly and accurately in the gaming test.

Need for Speed No Limits
N.O.V.A. 3

Emissions

Temperature

The temperatures of LG's X Cam are distributed quite evenly in idle mode. While we measured 36.8 °C on the front, the back presented a slightly lower maximum surface temperature of 34.1 °C in the test. The temperatures climbed particularly strongly in the casing's front upper third in load conditions. Since these areas remain largely untouched when holding the smartphone normally and the rates measured on LG's handset are relatively low, the waste heat will not be noticed unfavorably in routine use.

Temperature development: Maximum load (front)
Temperature development: Maximum load (rear)
Max. Load
 41.2 °C
106 F
38.5 °C
101 F
37.8 °C
100 F
 
 41.6 °C
107 F
39.1 °C
102 F
38.7 °C
102 F
 
 40.1 °C
104 F
40.3 °C
105 F
39.7 °C
103 F
 
Maximum: 41.6 °C = 107 F
Average: 39.7 °C = 103 F
36.5 °C
98 F
38.1 °C
101 F
37.9 °C
100 F
36.7 °C
98 F
39 °C
102 F
38.9 °C
102 F
37.4 °C
99 F
40.3 °C
105 F
40.4 °C
105 F
Maximum: 40.4 °C = 105 F
Average: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  39 °C = 102 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.6 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 40.4 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 326 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 34.4 °C / 94 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

Pink Noise speaker test

The rear-sided speaker is sufficiently loud with almost 85 dB(A), but the playback quality makes a tinny impression when increasing the volume. The sound impression is not really very linear in the audible range - basses are not perceptible. The playback quality of the mono speaker in LG's handset could not convince us.

The 3.5-mm jack can be used alternatively for a better sound experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.832.432.82531.731.331.73129.231.729.24035.62635.6503639.4366331.936.231.98027.828.627.810025.125.425.112523.121.323.116025.723.325.720022.222.522.225023.822.423.83153321.33340041.818.441.850051.217.551.263056.917.556.980064.217.264.2100072.416.872.4125075.817.375.8160073.317.473.3200072.716.672.7250071.217.371.2315069.117.669.1400069.317.669.3500073.117.773.1630076.617.476.6800078.417.778.4100007317.9731250063.818.163.81600060.618.160.6SPL8529.885N56.91.356.9median 64.2median 17.7median 64.2Delta171.61733.63732.433.638.339.631.338.33038.431.73031.338.82631.335.840.839.435.831.632.636.231.626.12728.626.127.825.325.427.825.124.221.325.124.225.423.324.222.921.622.522.922.219.222.422.224.619.821.324.631.620.518.431.645.628.917.545.658.441.817.558.467.752.117.267.771.956.316.871.973.457.117.373.472.156.217.472.173.856.416.673.873.957.317.373.97659.217.67676.859.717.676.874.156.717.774.172.153.717.472.17152.517.77174.455.617.974.473.754.718.173.761.542.118.161.585.368.329.885.357.320.51.357.3median 71median 52.5median 17.7median 7117.914.11.617.93237.832.4323430.431.33430.628.931.730.630.831.52630.834.830.339.434.828.328.936.228.330.529.328.630.528.525.825.428.533.125.921.333.145.934.823.345.951.942.122.551.956.146.422.456.158.750.621.358.76354.218.46366.85817.566.870.761.817.570.772.16517.272.175.567.216.875.574.866.117.374.875.867.117.475.877.468.416.677.47869.417.37876.867.517.676.87566.417.67571.462.417.771.470.761.917.470.770.360.417.770.367.158.317.967.163.754.118.163.758.651.418.158.686.677.829.886.666.439.21.366.4median 70.3median 60.4median 17.7median 70.38.19.61.68.140.731.832.440.732.731.831.332.730.834.231.730.831.830.42631.836.633.139.436.633.330.936.233.332.42528.632.429.624.325.429.631.523.921.331.536.324.323.336.344.329.822.544.352.236.622.452.257.341.721.357.362.747.118.462.764.950.117.564.96752.517.56769.153.917.269.17254.216.8727454.217.37475.755.317.475.775.756.916.675.776.157.817.376.17757.917.67779.159.517.679.180.161.117.780.178.359.417.478.377.358.417.777.378.859.717.978.872.953.518.172.956.83718.156.888.469.529.888.473.724.21.373.7median 72median 53.9median 17.7median 7211.19.91.611.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLG X CamZTE Blade V7Lenovo Moto G4Huawei P9 Lite
LG X Cam audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.97 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 38.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 10% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (35.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 94% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 4% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 96% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

ZTE Blade V7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.33 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 46.6% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 11% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (32.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 89% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 93% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 4% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo Moto G4 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.59 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 7% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 34% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei P9 Lite audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.42 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 24% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 66% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 54% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be checked/unchecked!)
Value 2: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Value 1: Audio off

Energy Management

The power consumption of LG's X Cam is midfield among our comparison devices - only OnePlus' X presents a much better energy management. The very similarly configured ZTE's Blade V7 (SoC, display's pixel density) only has marginally better total consumption rates.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.05 / 0.22 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.64 / 1.38 / 1.43 Watt
Load midlight 3.99 / 4.49 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gossen Metrahit Energy
LG X Cam
2500 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
Lenovo Moto G4
3000 mAh
OnePlus X
 mAh
Huawei P9 Lite
3000 mAh
Power Consumption
2%
-34%
23%
-26%
Idle Minimum *
0.64
0.73
-14%
0.65
-2%
0.6
6%
0.73
-14%
Idle Average *
1.38
0.92
33%
1.89
-37%
0.91
34%
2.09
-51%
Idle Maximum *
1.43
0.93
35%
1.92
-34%
1.12
22%
2.11
-48%
Load Average *
3.99
4.47
-12%
5.28
-32%
3.04
24%
4.15
-4%
Load Maximum *
4.49
5.96
-33%
7.45
-66%
3.2
29%
5.05
-12%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

LG's X Cam achieves a good rate of 7 hours and 37 minutes in our practical Wi-Fi test (screen brightness set to 150 cd/m², energy-saving profile). However, the 2500 mAh battery provides relatively short runtimes compared with the rivals from the medium price range.

LG's handset needs almost 3 hours to fully recharge a completely drained battery with the included 5-watt power supply.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 37min
LG X Cam
2500 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
Lenovo Moto G4
3000 mAh
OnePlus X
 mAh
Huawei P9 Lite
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
457
519
14%
698
53%
549
20%
604
32%

Pros

+ good handiness
+ high-contrast Full HD IPS panel
+ SD card slot
+ NFC
+ dual-camera module...

Cons

- ...that could have been higher quality
- plastic casing (feel)
- 2 GB RAM
- 16 GB ROM
- speaker
- no fingerprint sensor
- slow Wi-Fi module

Verdict

In review: LG X Cam. Review sample courtesy of LG Germany

The X Cam mid-range model by LG scores in our test with a high-contrast Full HD IPS panel and its good handling. It is well-built but only offers a cheap-feeling plastic casing for this price range - the mid-range competition made of glass (OnePlus' X) or metal (ZTE's Blade V7) make a much higher-quality impression.

Compared with the competition, LG's X Cam offers too little for its present price of approximately 280 Euros (~$313). However, it could still be an interesting alternative for some buyers when the market develops accordingly (price reduction) - but not really at the current purchase price in our opinion.

The handset's highlight and name-giving feature is the rear-facing dual-camera, comprised of a standard (75 °) and a 120 ° wide angle module. The photo quality of both cameras is good but is clearly inferior to that of LG's G5 (also furnished with a dual-camera) - at an RRP of 300 Euros (~$335), LG certainly could have installed a lens equal to that of its current flagship handset as the mid-range smartphone's unique selling point.

Compromises also have to be made in processor performance. MediaTek's SoC in LG's X Cam cannot compete with the performance of other mid-range smartphones - the same is true for the speed of the 16 GB eMMC flash memory. Furthermore, the sound quality of the speaker installed in LG's X Cam is not particularly compelling.

LG X Cam - 08/23/2016 v5.1
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 93%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
40 / 60 → 66%
Weight
95%
Battery
90%
Display
82%
Games Performance
15 / 63 → 23%
Application Performance
32 / 70 → 46%
Temperature
86%
Noise
100%
Audio
53 / 91 → 58%
Camera
72%
Average
69%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2016-08-26 (Update: 2018-05-15)