LG likes to do this thing where it announces devices and accessories before the trade show where they'll actually get announced or shown off, and late last night the company did just that with the new X series smartphones. Basically, this is a new line of mid-range phones from LG that will offer "one exceptional feature." It kind of doesn't make sense until you actually see what each of these phones is all about.

LG-X-screen

First off is the X screen. This phone takes the V10's unique "second screen" and makes it available in a more affordable model (though exact pricing hasn't been announced). It has a 4.93-inch primary display alongside the 1.76-inch second screen, but exact display resolution for the main screen wasn't stated — just that it's "HD" so I'd expect 720p. Otherwise, the X screen looks pretty basic: 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unnamed), 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 2,300mAh battery, 13MP/8MP cameras, and will ship with Marshmallow.

LG-X-cam

There's also the X cam, which as you probably expect, puts the focus on the camera. Instead of just sporting single rear and front cameras, it actually has two on the back — one 13MP, one 5MP — for some reason. The press release didn't really go into detail about the intended function of the dual rear shooters, so that's probably something LG is saving for MWC. Again, this one is pretty basic on most other specs: 5.2-inch full HD display, 1.14GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 2,520mAh battery, and will also ship with Marshmallow.

It's unclear when or where we'll see these handsets, so hopefully more information will show up at MWC next week.

Press Release

SEOUL, Feb. 15, 2016 — Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, LG Electronics (LG) will bring to Mobile World Congress 2016 a new series of smartphones developed to offer customers a unique user experience by offering one exceptional feature at a price that rivals mid-range smartphones. The first two models in the X series — X cam and X screen — will debut at MWC in Barcelona on February 22. The X cam and X screen are designed for customers who do not want or need all the bells and whistles that come with today’s high-end phones but still desire a great camera or advanced display.

The X cam sports dual cameras on the rear and delivers one of the most advanced camera experience in a mass-tier smartphone. Thanks to LG’s seamless 3D Bending Glass, the X cam features an elegant curved finish on the front and with a profile of only 5.2mm, the device is extremely comfortable to hold in the hand. And unlike other boxy and heavier mid-range phones, the X cam tips the scale at only 118g.

The other model, appropriately named X screen, is equipped with an “Always-on” Second Screen which until now has only been available on LG’s premium V10. The Second Screen sits above the main 4.93-inch HD In-cell Touch display and makes multi-tasking a cinch on the X screen. With the 1.76 inch Second Screen, users can easily access frequently used apps, answer calls without interrupting the current activity or just play music. The Second Screen also lets users checkime, date, battery status and other notifications without ever having to turn on the phone. What’s more, the X screen offers a stylish, sleek look with its crystal-clear glass fiber exterior and clean lines.

“Everyone has a favorite smartphone feature,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “At LG, we think there’s room for devices that do one thing very well and that customers shouldn’t have to pay for features that they don’t want. At the end of the day, we’re committed to offering consumers more choices.”

LG’s X series will debut in key markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America starting next month. Visitors to MWC can see the new X series for themselves at LG’s booth in Hall 3 of Fira Gran Via from February 22-25.

X cam Key Specifications:*

  • Display: 5.2-inch FHD In-cell Touch
  • Chipset: 1.14GHz Octa-Core
  • Camera: Rear 13MP and 5MP / Front 8MP
  • Memory: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM
  • Battery: 2,520mAh
  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Size: 147.5 x 73.6 x 5.2mm~6.9mm
  • Network: LTE
  • Colors: Titan Silver / White / Gold / Pink Gold

 

X screen Key Specifications:*

  • Display: Main) 4.93-inch HD In-cell Touch
    Secondary) 1.76-inch LCD (520 x 80)
  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core
  • Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 8MP
  • Memory: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Size: 142.6 x 71.8 x 7.1mm
  • Network: LTE
  • Colors: Black / White / Pink Gold