Test: LG X Cam’s cousin a bit light G5

The G5 LG was one of the stars of the Mobile World Congress – with the Samsung Galaxy S7. As the South Korean manufacturer he took the opportunity to unveil a model close enough at first glance. With the exception of the modular aspect that makes the strength of the flagship G5, the X shows Cam indeed part of its design and the dual camera sensor in the rear. Sold 349 euros, the device is far from having the same claims, notably in terms of power.

Taking the X Cam in hand, hard not to appreciate the lightness and delicacy of the smartphone. The manufacturer retains the rawness of its metal shell, as if he lacked a painting step in the factory. We appreciated this aspect with the G5 and it pleases us as always. This time, the two cameras are grouped in a square overlooking the flash. Despite the tidy sum would expect to pay for the X cam (around 350 euros), no fingerprint sensor is the game.

The opinion of eLaptopComputer.com; LG X Cam

At the front, the bias is more settled. Again, the slightly curved appearance of lower and upper parts is preserved but the façade sports a coat with a brushed metal effect particularly brilliant. In gold, it would have been in bad taste. Silver, we found it very successful, even if it does not please everyone. Still no physical button on the horizon, LG sticking to virtual buttons. In terms of design and finishes, the X-Cam is a success. The only downside is the presence of relatively large screen borders, which are not the spotlight on the display surface and render made the biggest smartphone as necessary.

At first sight, there is a display quality that is not incomparable to that of the G5, except the difference in definition. With a diagonal of 5.2 inches, the X-Cam is in Full HD, and enjoying a resolution of 424 dpi (against 554 for the G5). The colors are beautiful (sometimes a little cold) and contrast ratio of 1443: 1 makes it an excellent student. Only the brightness would do well to beef up with 303 cd / m2 at the counter (which is low for SPI). Apart from a few outdoor glare problems, the smartphone is very enjoyable to watch.

The device is also very pleasant to use, as long as limited to conventional use. Navigation is fast, the screen and the menus are particularly reactive. If almost any smartphone can properly operate the most-used applications, the X-Cam is the dynamically. Not really cut out for the game, his MediaTek processor clocked at 1.14 GHz and 2 GB of RAM ensure, however, the ease of use undemanding games on resources. The big players will be frustrated by the low rate of frames per second, when fans of Candy Crush or Pokémon Go find happiness.

However, those who decide to go in search of a Charizard will not have much time before them. In communications, the X Cam lasted only 11:17, when many competitors are close to 20 hours. The versatile autonomy it is not much more favorable since the smartphone is turned off after barely more than 7 hours, which is hardly worth it average. Without handy charger, the day purposes may be difficult.

Like the G5, but also Huawei P9 and its variations, the double rear sensor is there to stand out from the competition. If the Chinese can choose between color and black and white, the South Korean offers to alternate between a “classic” and a wide angle sensor capable of taking pictures at 120 degrees. The photo application is perfectly suited to this configuration since it can switch from one to another in a snap.

Fine and elegant

Reactive despite its lack of power

Autonomy back

More playful than efficient photo

At first, we considered only the main sensor, 13 megapixels. Overall, the results are quite good, with well-defined contours and colors faithful. But when the subject is not directly exposed, it’s more complicated. Software processing is too strong, with a very pronounced smoothing. Under a gray sky, the detail loss is felt. These defects take over in low light, with shots to blur the limit.

Technical card LG X Cam


The lessers

The test verdict