- Analysis by KJ David
Initially unveiled in Korea in January of 2018, LG's X4 Plus aims to be a decent introductory smartphone that leans heavily towards audio and durability. Regrettably, it did not put in the same amount of effort display-wise, since its 5.3-inch facade comes with a low 277ppi pixel density and a so-so 1280 x 720 HD resolution -- an Full HD (1080p) sharpness would have made it much easier to digest.
A couple more blemishes to its list of specs come from under the hood, particularly, a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and a 2GB LPDDR3 RAM , the former likely to struggle versus the eight-core chips rocked by some of the X4+'s rivals in this Android class -- discover some popular eight-core smartphones here. The latter, on the other hand, sounds underwhelming, knowing that budget-tier and mid-range smartphones with at least 3GB of RAM were no longer uncommon as we were reviewing its pros and cons.
On the flip side, its pros are headlined by a MIL-STD-810G rugged certification , which means that it has native resistance to things like extreme temperatures, accidental drops, and thermal shocks. It's not paired up with any IP rating for waterproofing (Check out our list of waterproof smartphones here), though, but nevertheless, its military-standard durability is not something you see often in the budget-tier Android market. Another selling point -- although less of a standout than its rugged rating -- is its rear-mounted fingerprint sensor , which can be used to authenticate micro-transactions via its preloaded LG Pay app or to capture quick selfies/screenshots through its Finger Touch function.
Imaging-wise, the LG X4 Plus won't impress selfie addicts with its mere 5-megapixel selfie camera , but its 13-megapixel rear-facing primary cam sounds respectable, at least when seen from a starter-class standpoint. Also joining its multimedia pros and cons is a Hi-Fi (high-fidelity) digital analog converted (DAC) , aiming to optimize the phone's overall audio playback quality, which should sing a nice tune for audiophiles.
Stamina-wise, the X4+ comes with 3000mAh's worth of power , which we think is robust-enough, given its low-caliber hardware and undemanding display. It is also comes with 32GB of memory accompanied by a memory card slot.
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So, although its low-end CPU is a huge con for power-hungry users, those in the market for a sturdy low-budget smartphone could see the X4+ as a solid choice.
** This phone is also known as: LG LM-X415S
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