Why OnePlus is Still Succeeding with Developers and Enthusiasts

We all know OnePlus to be a brand that began its journey through controversy. The OnePlus One remained in the limelight not only for its hardware and price tag, but also for all the claims and tactics employed by OnePlus to ensure that the device became one of the most talked about smartphones in enthusiast circles. It was an exercise in viral online marketing, and they arguably succeeded.

 

With the OnePlus 2, they tried to adopt a slightly different approach than what worked with the OnePlus One. While the company doubled down on hyperbole with the “2016 Flagship Killer” moniker, OnePlus did tone down their once socially-controversial marketing tactics, foregoing practices such as “Ladies First” and the thoroughly-hated Invite system. What they also toned down was the developer friendliness of the device, as a few key resources (like sources for the fingerprint sensor and laser autofocus for the camera, and VoLTE support) were not delivered to the community at the times requested. As such, the development scene of the phone could not reach the levels of its predecessor.

After the OnePlus 2 Update Trainwreck, Software Support is Paramount to OnePlus’ Success

The OnePlus X, although a capable product targeting an increasingly forgotten niche (small-screen smartphones), was rather awkwardly placed in market for a fair few reasons: some related to its smaller screen size and hence subsequent demand, and some related to the average-at-best hardware… ultimately the phone could never take off.

And then came the OnePlus 3. The actual 2016 flagship (pre-3T) fixed a lot of wrongs with the OnePlus 2. Combined with the best SoC from Qualcomm in the form of the Snapdragon 820, the OnePlus 3 was better suited for the flagship killer moniker based on its commendable performance. The phone could stand up against several flagships in terms of overall hardware, some hovering at twice the price, and still come out ahead. There were a few drawbacks with the device, like an average camera experience, but such issues could be overlooked when considering the phone’s price and rest of the hardware and software experience, as well as genuinely useful features like Dash Charge or the alert slider.

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Something OnePlus also improved on the OnePlus 3 was its developer responsiveness, communication and strategy. The company was perhaps fearing repeating the mistakes they had made with the OnePlus 2, and seeing how the community collectively hated OnePlus’s attitude towards the device, they turned over a new leaf. The company started off on the right foot by dismantling the criticized invite-system for the device for good. This was followed up by a very quick release of the kernel sources and device tree for the device — mere hours after the launch of the phone. We even saw one of the quickest CyanogenMod (unofficial) releases ever. Developers did note that one key feature and major selling point was missing from the sources: Dash Charging. OnePlus promised that this would reach developers eventually, and followed up on the promise by releasing the Dash Charging kernel code and proprietary binaries in about six weeks of the phone’s release. We still have not achieved resolution when it comes to the issue related to camera quality on custom ROMs, though that’s not really the fault of OnePlus due to the fact that open sourcing the camera HAL is not be as easy as Carl Pei originally thought. Either way, OnePlus did go out of its way to help developers by setting up communication channels with them, and in some cases handing out units to them as well.

Roughly a year ago, OnePlus also announced a key change with how it handled software and updates. OnePlus was looking at merging its Chinese software UX, HydrogenOS with its global software UX, OxygenOS. The primary purpose of this merger was to combine both the teams onto the same roadmap and provide quicker software updates to all users, irrespective of region. Originally, people questioned how this change would shape up the new OxygenOS experience, as HydrogenOS tended to lean towards a brighter and more customized UX, one that was likely appreciated by users in China but was not liked as much in the global market given it was quite removed from Stock Android. However, as we have witnessed so far, a lot of the changes in OxygenOS over the year have been unanimously accepted by the users. Some changes, like the Alert Slider changes do continue to infuriate some users. But for the most part, the response to OxygenOS has been positive as it balances itself between customizations and a close to stock Android feel (as opposed to HydrogenOS, a direction that could have been taken by OnePlus).

The major highlight of OxygenOS from an enthusiast’s perspective is the division of updates between the Stable branch and the Open Beta branch (previously known as Community builds). Such a division clearly divided the needs of the enthusiast community from that of the average consumer, allowing OnePlus to serve the needs of both without alienating the other. An average consumer is a lot less accommodating towards bugs and would gladly wait for a polished product instead of something that could break during daily use. An enthusiast on the other hand, often trades that expectation of stability for a chance to try out the latest developmental and experimental features right now and provides feedback to help shape the future of such features.

The Open Beta essentially serves as a very long soak test. Most other OEMs resort to private soak testing before beginning staged rollouts, and then sometimes end up pausing such rollouts when unforeseen bugs appear. Adopting the Open Beta approach allows OnePlus to secure a wider tester audience, a wider timeframe and wider use cases to test and polish updates before beginning their rollouts in the stable channel. And, unlike traditional soak tests, they actually make it an effort to continuously add new features.

The Open Betas themselves have become very popular within the enthusiast community. Despite not being considered as stable themselves, the builds are usually fine for general usage and are good candidates for daily drivers for people who do not mind an occasional bug. Over the year, and as far as the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are concerned, OxygenOS Open Betas have played testing ground to features like expanded screenshots, data firewall and data saver, gaming do not disturb mode, automatic night mode, EIS and camera quality improvements, ambient display and lift up display, app locker, parallel apps and much, much more. As a consequence though, there is a significant time lag in these features appearing in Open Betas to them appearing in the Stable release, even after they have been seemingly perfected.

With the launch of the OnePlus 3T, some were concerned that OnePlus would be ignoring the OnePlus 3 to favor the newer device. These were fueled by OnePlus’ decision to entirely discontinue the sales of the OnePlus 3 after existing stock depletion despite the device being just about half a year old. But as they promised, software support for the OnePlus 3 continued alongside the OnePlus 3T. With the merging of OxygenOS for both the devices into a single unified build, both devices have essentially become the same phone as far as software is concerned. The unified build approach was also adopted by the custom ROM development community and most major works present in our forums provide a single set of modifications to be applied irrespective of the specific phone (3 or 3T), with certain packages discerning how to apply specific changes upon flashing. So while many people would still consider a half yearly upgrade controversial and largely unnecessary, myself included, it did have an impact in how the developer community shaped around these two devices. A refresh may have just prolonged the scope of the OnePlus 3 by convincing more people to purchase a OnePlus 3T, in turn increasing the combined user base.

OnePlus’s rediscovered willingness to aid developers thankfully did not stop at the OnePlus 3/3T, even though they had a few setbacks as they haven’t always complied with the GPLv2 in time. When the OnePlus 5 arrived, it came along with the device tree and kernel sources needed to kickstart development activities right at the get-go. The phone followed it up with several OxygenOS updates that added in missing features like EIS capabilities on 4K video as well as several bugfixes. The OnePlus 5 does not have an Open Beta program just yet, but this will change once the OnePlus 3/3T are updated to Android Oreo.


What happens to the OnePlus 3 and 3T after Oreo?

Sadly, it is too early to say what happens when OnePlus brings over Oreo to the 3/3T. Android 8.0 will be the final major version update for this set of devices from OnePlus, so the phones will very likely need to rely on the community to help it tide over the rest of its years. That is not to say that the OnePlus 3/3T will not receive any updates beyond Oreo as OnePlus’s statement does leave open the possibility of smaller, minor updates.

And the Oreo update just seems to be right around the corner. The OnePlus 3 Closed Beta group has already received its first taste of Android Oreo, and the company aims to deliver an Oreo build to the Open Beta channels by the end of September for the OnePlus 3/3T as well as the OnePlus 5. For a change, OnePlus is not mentioning any deadlines for delivering Oreo in the stable channels, preferring to just act quick and hopefully let their actions speak for themselves.

What we would like to point out with this article is that OnePlus as a company does appear to have evolved into a more mature entity, one that realizes that fulfilling promises matters, and that actions can speak louder than words. The OnePlus 2 was criticized heavily for being a classic case of overpromising, compromising and under delivering, but the past year with the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T and now with the OnePlus 5, the situation does appear changed.

That is not to say that OnePlus is without faults, nor is it to say that their current products are free from any issues. In fact, we at XDA-Developers have been the first ones to break controversial articles highlighting several shortcomings. We criticized the OnePlus 3 and its aggressive RAM management and inaccurate display calibration in the Reviewer software builds; to which OnePlus had to respond with a Reviewer OTA that fixed these issues. We revealed upon the OnePlus 5 launch how OnePlus was manipulating benchmarks to maximize scores; to which OnePlus responded with statements that mentioned that these were intended to showcase the peak potential of the device, and that such performance is “natural” (we disagree) as well as sustainable and does no harm to the device as there is no overclocking involved. The OnePlus 5 inverted display issue which caused jelly scrolling was also documented and confirmed by us;  to which OnePlus responded that the visual effect is “natural” and there exists no variance in screens between devices. We’ve also covered the 911-reboot bug on the OnePlus 5; OnePlus responded with a quick hotfix OTA update as well as followed it up by explaining the cause of the bug and mentioning that they worked with Qualcomm directly to fix the issue (which was reportedly present on phones from other OEMs as well).

The frequency and timeliness of the responses to these “controversies” is what differentiates the OnePlus of 2015 from the company post-OnePlus 2; even if the responses may not be what we would have liked them to be. Overall, their public relations team has seemingly done a good job at responding to the hiccups the company has had, even if they lost a few fans along the way. The community still has a few complaints carried over from the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X as well, like how the Marshmallow update for the X was delayed for far too long; and how OnePlus backtracked on their own promise to deliver Nougat to their 2016 flagship killer after keeping owners in the dark for several months.

But beyond that, it’s fair to say that the OnePlus 3 marked the company’s coming of age as an OEM. And as members of a website that focuses on software modifications, it’s refreshing to see that their flagships have at least partially filled in the void left behind by the demise of the Nexus program. All of OnePlus’ devices have already received unofficial Android 8.0 Oreo builds:

So it’s not too difficult to see why OnePlus continues to remain a popular choice in our forums, and why it’s becoming increasingly popular among mainstream consumers in several markets as well (for different reasons). Their ability to respond to their vocal community definitely had a hand in their recent successes, or at the very least, minimizing their recent missteps (and there have been many).


 

E3’s PC Gaming Show: These are the games PC enthusiasts need to know about

Even in its third year, the PC Gaming show still feels like a novelty—a place where niche PC games like Mount & Blade rub elbows with huge productions like XCOM 2, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and Destiny 2. Awkward at times, still full of bad jokes, it’s a nice break from the high-energy marketing blitz of the mainline publishers.

We’ve skipped the attendees previously revealed at other E3 events (like Shadow of War, which had a starring role at yesterday’s Microsoft keynote) but have otherwise rounded up all the most interesting games at 2017’s PC Gaming Show—including an XCOM 2 expansion, a new game from Mark of the Ninja developer Klei, all sorts of quirky indie gems, and more.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

The PC Gaming Show sure didn’t waste any time dropping bombs, opening with a game teased last week—a massive expansion to XCOM 2, known as War of the Chosen. Releasing on August 29, 2017 the expansion has you banding together with resistance groups to fight The Chosen, three purple-skinned hero enemies who you’ll battle against multiple times during the campaign as they get stronger, gain new abilities, and generally give you a hard time. 

If the Long War 2 mod is starting to feel long in the tooth, War of the Chosen looks ready to shake up the XCOM 2 formula even more. 

Ooblets

If you enjoyed Stardew Valley but thought “Hey, I want this in 3D and also I want to collect a bunch of weird pseudo-Pikmin to follow me around while I’m farming?” then you might be interested in Ooblets, from studio Glumberland and publisher Double Fine. Actually I have no idea what this game is about, just going off the trailer, but it looks adorable. 

BattleTech

We’ve covered the BattleTech beta at length—spoiler, it’s fairly excellent. Today Harebrained’s Jordan Weisman took the stage though to give our first look at the game’s campaign. There wasn’t much, but we did get a glimpse of the Argo, your XCOM-style HQ that acts as the strategic back-end for your merc company. Earn money, keep the engines running. 

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

It’s been just about a year since I last saw Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. The game showed up at the PC Gaming Show in 2016 to show off its siege tech. This year? Mounted combat, as well as a bit of infantry squabbling at the end. It’s not the best trailer—I don’t think it would necessarily pique someone’s interest if they didn’t already know what makes Mount and Blade fun. But for the fans, it’s yet another look at what might be one of the year’s best. 

Total War: Warhammer II

I still think it was a mistake for Total War: Warhammer to give its upcoming standalone expansion a full-on sequel title for Warhammer II, but nomenclature aside it’s looking pretty damn good. With a brand new Grand Vortex campaign spanning an entirely new map, four new races (High Elves, Lizardmen, Dark Elves, and one unrevealed), and the ability post-release to hook both Total Warhammer games together into one gigantic map and campaign? It’s ambitious.

Mass Outcome Andromeda DLC day nears as enthusiasts get new bonus reward update | Gaming | Entertainment

Mass Outcome Andromeda DLC is nevertheless not a completed offer, with the development group nevertheless coy on what their upcoming designs are for the video game.

That could all change through the weekend of E3 2017, with EA Participate in on June ten set to host a checklist of new gaming announcements.

There is the opportunity that BioWare will skip including any new information to the video game following studies that BioWare Montreal has been downsized and that foreseeable future Mass Outcome video games have been put on keep.

Even so, much more evidence has been released in new months that suggests that a little something new is coming to the video game.

Many enthusiasts have been hoping that some kind of Mass Outcome Andromeda DLC trace could possibly be dropped into just one of the APEX Missions timed-gatherings, and it seems the latest may have contained a little something unique.

The missing quarian race have been teased in the principal storyline as owning been delayed in their ARK ship, along with the elcor, hanar, drell, and volus.

And the excerpt from the latest mission log looks to issue to a new tease, reading through: “The communications cached in these Remnant artifacts advise that the observatory is acquiring alerts that have gone undetected by Initiative observers. From my preliminary transcriptions, they have earned rapid investigation.

“[Knowledge: Uncooked sign transmission gained by Remnant observatory. My examination accounts for tried automobile-translation by Remnant methods and facts fragmentation.

“ANALYSIS: “…trying to boost the sign. Mysterious if… tech looks to be helping even if we really don’t know the… back again to Keelah Si’yah. …way property.”]

There was no new APEX Mission released by BioWare this 7 days, they rather opted to fall a new Participate in to Give incentive.

“This weekend, all players who log into Mass Outcome: Andromeda Multiplayer will acquire a Bonus Reward Pack by the Andromeda Initiative,” the development group concept clarifies.

“There are number of worries the multi-species customers of the APEX Elite militia haven’t confronted, as no fight is the identical. Use your reward to boost your Multiplayer character, group up with your buddies, and jump into the fight to protect our new property in Andromeda.”

Acer Expands 4K Display Portfolio: Two Projectors for Home Cinema Enthusiasts and Monitors for Creative Professionals

Acer declared a new collection of 4K show goods at its next@acer world-wide push conference in New York, including the new Acer H7850 and V7850 4K projectors for residence cinema fans as properly as the new Acer ProDesigner™ PE320QK 4K LED watch for creative industry experts.

 

The projectors characteristic 4K Extremely Substantial-Definition (UHD) resolution, HDR- and Rec. 2020-compatibility and AcuMotion technology to deliver extraordinary value and efficiency to mainstream audio/video fans. The new ProDesigner PE320QK watch incorporates Acer HDR Xpert™ technology for extraordinary distinction, supports USB Form-C and options an beautiful ZeroFrame layout to appeal to layout-minded industry experts.

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“With 4K information remaining significantly available by the rise of streaming products and services, Acer is gladly growing our show portfolio for each media intake and information creation,” explained Victor Chien, President of Digital Show Business, Acer Inc. “By way of a stable spectrum of projectors and displays, we deliver premium visible ordeals catering to a wide variety of consumer demands.”

 

Immerse Your self into the 4K Experience

 

As the Acer H7850 and V7850 challenge razor-sharp visuals onto screens of up to a hundred and twenty-inches, users can practical experience the stunning graphic excellent that 4K resolution brings, up close and individual. With more than 8.three million on-display pixels, each the H7850 and V7850 characteristic TI XPR technology, which makes certain wonderful graphic aspects come alive. With the prevalence of online video products and services, premium 4K streaming information is more available than ever in advance of. These projectors will let users to delight in the ultra-high resolution practical experience on the large display without the need of venturing out to the cinema.

HDR-Suitable for Gorgeous Actuality

Each the Acer H7850 and V7850 are HDR-appropriate (Substantial Dynamic Range), reproducing a bigger dynamic variety of luminosity with expanded distinction and a wider variety of brightness. The projectors regulate to brighter scenes so the highlights glimmer with detail, when in darker scenes, prosperous blacks are preserved and aspects ordinarily hidden in the shadows are improved for bigger in general luminance. Each projectors provide a DynamicBlack™ distinction ratio up to a whopping one,000,000:one thanks to body-by-body analyzation and dynamic adjustments of lamp energy for black-amount optimization.

Catering to a wider variety of consumer preferences, the H7850 has a brightness edge with a three,000-lumens ranking. The V7850 consists of a RGBRGB color wheel which can help produce a wider color gamut, and supports the Rec. 709 normal to faithfully reproduce authentic colours and tones, keeping genuine to the film director’s intentions. Each products are appropriate with Rec. 2020 signals, the UHDTV normal. The H7850 also options a smooth, stylish industrial layout that was honored with a Pink Dot Award: Merchandise Design 2017.

Buttery-Clean Motion with AcuMotion

The H7850 and V7850 projectors also support Acer’s proprietary AcuMotion technology that improves picture clarity in rapidly-transferring scenes and reduces motion blur. It generates intermediate frames and inserts them involving current kinds, which prevents unwelcome flickering, making it suitable for observing the large recreation or action movies. Each projectors involve Acer’s ExtremeECO energy-saving characteristic that can cut down energy intake by up to 70% and extend lamp lifetime by up to fifteen,000 hours.

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ProDesigner™ PE320QK Keep track of for Content Creators

 

Acer’s new ProDesigner PE320QK watch options ultra high-definition 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) for exhibiting high-excellent visuals in wonderful detail. Photographers, video editors and others doing work in creative industries will recognize the monitor’s HDR Xpert™ technology, which improves brightness for a vivid distinction involving lights and darks, when masking a wider gamut for truly vivid colours.

The monitor’s smooth ZeroFrame types nearly eliminate the display bezel for a seamless visible practical experience, with an included design and style advantage by incorporating a contact of modernity to the workplace. It consists of a reversible USB-C port for effortlessly connecting and charging gadgets to cut down desktop clutter, supporting energy shipping and delivery of up to 85W. The ProDesigner PE320QK watch makes correct colours with a low Delta E

‘Heroes Of The Storm’ Enthusiasts Are Fed Up With ‘Overwatch’ Players Throwing Video games

The Heroes of the Storm community is drained of viewing Overwatch players throw games, and that expanding sense of frustration is spilling into a selection of social spaces. And it is probably good to lay some of the blame at Blizzard’s ft, despite apparent endeavours to make the release of Heroes of the Storm two. a favourable practical experience for each new and knowledgeable players.

The root of the challenge is the Nexus Problem, a two-week, two-component quest chain with absurdly basic necessities: full five games with a close friend in Fast Perform, Unranked or Ranked. You really don’t even have to acquire, probably to protect against the tidal wave of report-worthy chat messages such a prerequisite would spark. Taking away the stress to acquire also helps make the sport, and the Nexus Problem, a lot more approachable for those new to Heroes of the Storm (and/or MOBAs).

Players who complete 1 or each quests obtain a slew of benefits, primarily in-sport cosmetics for Heroes of the Storm. But the prize packs also consist of exclusive skins (1 each and every) for Genji and D.Va. And they are drawing a crowd that would not typically give HotS a moment of their time. It’s a common tactic for Blizzard. We have noticed comparable promotions for most games in the company’s portfolio, together with a latest Diablo / Overwatch crossover, The challenge is that most Overwatch players are not intrigued in Heroes of the Storm. Some offended admirers even counsel they are being forced (“at gunpoint”) to play HotS for the optional hero skins. A lot of know that intentionally getting rid of five games takes noticeably considerably less time than seeking to acquire.

And that is not the only challenge.

Thanks to the latest influx of players, a lot of new to Heroes of the Storm, matchmaking servers are struggling to retain up with the targeted traffic spike. That signifies it is having for a longer time than normal for teams to discover a sport. My own unexpectedly-assembled team averaged a few to five moment waits though queueing for Fast Perform on Tuesday night time. It may well not feel prolonged. Having said that, it is worthy of noting that wait occasions for the manner are typically measured in seconds (commonly 20-30) and the common round of HotS takes fifteen-20 minutes. So getting rid of five minutes (or a lot more) in between matches adds up pretty speedy. And envision how a great deal a lot more annoyed you’d be if all of that downtime was rewarded with a match that was not even enjoyment simply because the opposing team — or, even worse, you’re own — made a decision it would be less difficult to twiddle their thumbs right until the match was more than. Then it transpired in the upcoming sport. And the upcoming. It’s infuriating for longtime Heroes of the Storm admirers, a lot of of whom are just seeking to squeeze in a several games after faculty or operate.

Grievances are popping up all-around the internet. Threads on each the Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm subreddits are drawing hundreds of opinions. Very similar problems have also appeared on each and every game’s formal forums. Overwatch players are evenly publicly lamenting the reality that segments of their community are acquiring such a adverse impression on their Blizzard-loving brethren. But component of the challenge is that there isn’t an quick way to solve the circumstance. Heroes of the Storm admirers say they are reporting individuals who admit to throwing games, or try out to organize teams for that intent, but the influx of reviews all but ensures a lot of offenders will earn the pores and skin(s) they want ahead of being banned. And the ban isn’t actually a punishment at that point.

Blizzard has been uncharacteristically silent on the make any difference. The company has yet to reply to supporter problems. Blizzard has also yet to provide anything at all a lot more than a “we’ll get back again to you” after numerous requests for a assertion. But the community isn’t backing down. New calls for multi-sport and account-large bans carry on to appear on-line, and some Heroes of the Storm players are even seeking to persuade the community to throw Overwatch en masse in response. The great information is that every thing should be back again to typical in a several months, when the Nexus Problem finishes and players can not earn exclusive Overwatch skins anymore. But this is 1 challenge Blizzard may well want to solve ahead of the upcoming significant Heroes of the Storm event.

Heroes of the Storm is readily available for Windows and OS X. Overwatch is readily available on Laptop, PlayStation 4 and Xbox A single.

Be certain to check out back again with iDigitalTimes for a lot more protection of Blizzard’s overall portfolio in 2017 and however prolonged the studio carries on to aid its expanding catalog of games.

LG announces the X Power2 with a large battery, aimed at multimedia users and gaming enthusiasts

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:

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 activating the 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.

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