It’s already confirmed that the LG G5 will make an appearance at MWC 2016 later this month, but that’s not all that LG will be showing in Barcelona.
LG today teased a new X series of phones to go along with its G, V, and K series. The X series is described as “specialist” phones that each have one special feature, but carry a mid-range price. The first two phones in this series are the X cam and X screen.
The X cam’s big selling point are its cameras. Around back it’s got 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors that LG says offer “the most advanced camera experience in a mass-tier smartphone.” The X cam also boasts a lone 8-megapixel camera on its face. Rounding out its feature set is a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 display, octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2520mAh battery, and Android 6.0.
The second new X series phone is the X screen. Instead of having two rear cameras, it’s got two screens on its face: one 4.93-inch 1280x720 panel and a second 1.76-inch 520x80 screen above the main display. This second screen can be used for accessing your favorite apps, answering calls, and playing music. You can also check info like your notifications, the date, and your battery level on the second display without activating the main screen.
The X screen is powered by a combination of a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 2300mAh battery. It’s also packing 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, 16GB of storage, and Android 6.0.
The X series phones will launch first in “key markets” in Asia, Europe, and Latin America starting in March. No pricing details have been given quite yet.
With these new X series phones, LG looks to be borrowing features from its flagship phones and making them available in more affordable mid-range devices. For example, the LG V10 launched last year with a large main display and then a secondary display above it for multi-tasking, and now the LG X screen will borrow that feature. It’s not a totally new strategy from LG — the rear button layout that debuted on the G2 made its way to several other LG handsets — but it’s still a nice move that’ll make the unique features of LG’s flagships available to more people.