- Analysis by KJ David
Not only does the LG Aristo 2 Plus look just like its base model, it also shares most of its pros and cons, still suffering from drawbacks like a mere 32GB maximum external memory support , despite coming with an appreciable (by 2018 low-end measures) 16GB internal memory . Additionally, it does not upgrade the Aristo 2's middling 2410mAh battery capacity -- a few similarly-specked budget smartphones pack roughly 2800mAh of raw power. If you're into full-blown heavy-duty phones, however, look no further than this Phonerated list of the best big-battery phones.
Camera-wise, the Aristo 2 Plus brings back its sibling's 5-megapixel-only selfie camera . That said, it still comes with LG's Selfie Light screen flash function as well as signature LG-branded pros like Gesture Shot and Auto Shot, making the forenamed front cam a tad easier to digest. Its selfie cam also delivers the phone's user facial recognition system , which, in conjunction with a rear-mounted fingerprint detector, gives the Aristo 2 Plus a slight advantage versus several other entry-level contenders.
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This Plus edition is also no different from its base model in terms of its primary camera, still rocking a 13-megapixel PDAF-rigged (phase-detection autofocus) rear cam that was rather favorable, coming from a low-budget Android, at least as of this specs-driven review. It features an HDR Mode, Cheese Shutter, and a typical FHD (1920 x 1080) maximum video-recording resolution.
Where the Aristo 2 and this Plus version (both are carried by T-Mobile) do differ is in terms of their 4G network capabilities. While the plain Aristo 2 supports only up to LTE Band 66, this Plus model supports T-Mobile's 600MHz LTE Band 71 , making it one of the fastest 4G-enabled phones in its price group -- discover the newest 4G-ready phones here.
The Aristo 2 Plus is fitted with a passable 5-inch HD-720p In-Cell IPS display, underneath which runs a modest Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core 1.4GHz processor that's at least accompanied by 2GB of RAM -- some comparable models stick to discouraging 1GB-only RAMs.
It runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box and, as usual for an entry-level Android, is only offered in one color -- Moroccan Blue. So, given its pros and cons, this Plus edition of the LG Aristo 2 is obviously a relatively cheap ticket into 4G web browsing that also has some perks on the security and imaging fronts.
On-paper Star rating:
It's all well and good that the LG Aristo 2 Plus can record high-resolution 1920 x 1080 movies, but we were disappointed not to find any evidence of the Aristo 2 Plus featuring an HDMI port (which is convenient to watch HD videos on your shiny HDTV.)
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It's frustrating that we could not find its weight information.
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Not only does it have a 1.4GHz processor clock speed, but it also has 4 cores.
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The screen is larger than usual, making it a phablet: 5 inches and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels means about 10.68 square inches and an image quality of at least 293.58 dots per inch (DPI)!
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It includes an advanced built-in camera (13-megapixel) with the following options: 15-Second Auto Edit, Burst Shot, Cheese Shutter, Clear Shot, Geotagging, HDR Mode, Quick Image View, Quick Video Editor, Quick-sharing, Self-Timer, Shutter Sound.
It can hold two simultaneous SIM cards, therefore letting you hop from one network to another if you own two SIM cards.
The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.
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