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Hands On with the LG X mach

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Sep 2, 2016, 10:33 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The LG X mach is all about raw performance. This phone has a 1.8GHz processor and blazing fast CAT9 LTE. Here are our first impressions.

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The X mach is supposed to be the highest-performance member of the X family, and it may very well be. We weren't able to perform any benchmarks, so we'll have to take LG at its word for now.

The LG must have been in development for a while, because it uses the now-old-school buttons-on-the-back design. The front of the phone is clean, as are the side edges. A trio of controls line up under the camera on the rear surface as they did on a number of LG phones over the last few years.

I'm glad the X mach has rounded corners and smooth lines. The overall shape is nice and the device has a curvy profile when viewed from the top or bottom. The side edges taper a bit, thanks to the rear-placed controls, to reduce the profile. It is a big phone, though, and rather beefy at 8.9mm thick.


Like the X max, the X mach is white with chrome accents. The front glass has a white bezel and it fits into a chrome-colored frame. The frame is made of polycarbonate. A white plastic shell snaps onto the back. Chrome provides accents around the earpiece speaker, camera module, and screen lock button.

The phone's face is plain, but the 5.5-inch quad HD display is amazing. It looks fantastic and was clearly the best display on LG's new phones. The resolution is crazy rich, and colors practically burst from the surface. It's an impressive screen. There are no controls or buttons on the front at all.

Since all the buttons are on the back, the side edges are totally free. The USB port and headphone jack are both located on the bottom edge.

LG's rear-mounted controls take some getting used to. The screen lock button is round, smooth, and has a chrome rim. The volume buttons are on either side. They have some texture and are indented a bit so you know which buttons are which. All three of these keys have good travel and feedback. The camera module is rather large. It stands out. The rear panel itself, which can be removed, is plain white plastic. It doesn't have any texture or design elements to make it interesting.

Android runs well on the units in Berlin, but that's hardly a definitive statement. The 1.8 GHz processor and 3 GB of RAM help push the phone along easily. The software isn't done yet, however, and things can always change.

U.S. carriers have yet to say if they'll sell the LG X mach.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.


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