LG has decided to get a jump on MWC by announcing the LG X Power2. This low-end device sports some pretty mediocre specs, but the focus here is on the large battery that is meant "to meet the demands of customers who frequently use power-hungry applications" and the various camera features.

Thus far, LG is keeping some of the specifics to itself, but here's what we know about this phone:

Specs

Display 5.5" HD 1280 x 720
CPU 1.5 GHz "Octa-Core"
Cameras Rear 13MP, Front 5MP (Wide Angle / LED Flash)
Storage 16GB, expandable via microSD
RAM 1.5GB/2GB
Battery 4,500mAh; "high-speed charging"
Software Android 7.0 Nougat
Measurements 154.7 x 78.1 x 8.4mm; 164 g
Connectivity 802.11 b, g, n; Bluetooth 4.2
Colors Black Titan, Shiny Titan, Shiny Gold, Shiny Blue

That spec list is very underwhelming. But, let's look at what LG is saying about the X Power2. The battery is one of the biggest foci of this announcement. 4,500mAh is very nice to see and with a 720p display, I imagine that it'll last for some time. The phone is also being pushed for the selfie and — I can't believe I am about to say this — wefie game. Auto Shot, one of the new camera UX features, will trigger the front shutter when it detects a face. And like other phones we've seen, the X Power2 will also support gestures for snapping a quick self-portrait, so that's cool.

All I will say is that I am glad this phone will ship with Nougat. March is the planned window for launch with Latin America leading the way. The U.S., Asia, Europe, and "other regions" (Australia?) will follow sometime afterward. Actual pricing will be announced when the X Power2 is available. If you're looking for more information, the full press release is below.

Press Release

SEOUL, Feb. 24, 2017 — LG X power2, designed for users who specifically seek large battery capacities and big screens for power-heavy multimedia user and gaming enthusiasts, will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Each model in the X series incorporates different exclusive features that are usually found only in premium smartphones. The various models offer users a range of differentiated experiences and values that surpass previous mass-tier product lines. The first model in the mass-tier X series to be unveiled this year, the LG X power2 features a powerful 4,500mAh battery to meet the demands of customers who frequently use power-hungry applications and games and enjoy viewing multimedia content such as videos and movies on their smartphones.

The LG X power2 was designed to operate for an entire weekend without recharging. Fully charged, the LG X power2 can playback videos continuously for approximately 15 hours, provide navigational directions for about 14 hours or surf the web for around 18 hours.1 The LG X power2 incorporates high-speed charging technology demanded by today’s busy users. A one hour charge provides 50 percent battery power with a full charge only requiring about two hours, twice as fast as most phones.

In addition, Comfort View makes reading e-books and web comics more comfortable by reducing the amount of blue light emitted by the display, which has been shown to cause eye fatigue.

The LG X power2 features a 5.5-inch HD In-cell Touch display, offering a large and expanded screen with clear, vivid colors. Moreover, LG has improved the display’s outdoor capability for easy visibility even in strong sunlight. The LG X power2 has a 5MP wide angle camera above the display which enables users to take selfies and wefies of up to eight people without a selfie stick. The 13MP rear camera features Zero Shutter Lag to eliminate the annoying delay between the time the shutter button is pressed and the image is captured. An front-facing soft light LED flash captures group shots with the level of quality usually found only in professional studios.

The smartphone is further differentiated from other mass-tier phones with LG’s exclusive UX for selfies. Auto Shot automatically triggers the front camera’s shutter when a face is detected. Gesture Shot and Gesture Interval Shot reads and responds to hand signals, eliminating the need to press the shutter button which is a common cause of blurry photos. And with Quick Share, users can immediately post images to their favorite social media site with just one tap.

“The LG X power2 has the most powerful battery capacity in LG’s entire smartphone line-up so users can enjoy many hours of multimedia entertainment on its roomy display without worrying about recharging,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The entire X series is all about great technology and great value, both important features for today’s discerning smartphone customer.”

The LG X power2 will roll out beginning in March in the Latin America followed by key markets in United States, Asia, Europe and other regions. Pricing will be announced at the time of availability.

Key Specifications: 2

    • Display: 5.5-inch HD In-cell Touch
    • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Octa-Core
    • Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 5MP (Wide Angle / LED Flash)
    • Memory: 2GB or 1.5GB RAM / 16GB ROM / Micro SD (up to 2TB)
    • Battery: 4,500mAh (embedded)
    • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
    • Size: 154.7 x 78.1 x 8.4mm
    • Weight: 164g
    • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
    • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 b, g, n) / Bluetooth 4.2 / USB 2.0
    • Colors: Black Titan / Shiny Titan / Shiny Gold / Shiny Blue
    • Others: USB OTG / Gyro Sensor