Hands On with the LG X mach
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.
Advertisements article continues below...
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.
Feb 9, 2022
Samsung today announced its lineup of flagship phones for 2022: the Galaxy S22 series. The top-end S22 Ultra sees the biggest changes as it essentially absorbs Samsung's Note series with an integrated S Pen stylus and a more Note-like shape and design, instead of the Contour Cut design of the other models.
After "soft-launching" with the Plex phone last year, TCL is now previewing its first widely-available lineup of own-brand phones: the 10 series, all of which offer premium features for under $500. TCL officially announced very few details of the three phones, but shared more with Phone Scoop in a hands-on session.
There have been a number of "smartwatches" for kids in recent years. They all have GPS and let you keep tabs on your kid's location, and offer some limited forms of communication.
Mar 5, 2020
TCL has a new batch of concept phones to show off in 2020 that use flexible-display technology in interesting ways. Two are foldables, including a unique "tri-fold" design with two different hinges allowing it to reach full tablet size when open.