The fragile material is a never-ending issue for a smartphone. The outdoor user needs to think twice about buying a new phone. The durability is the main focus for those always doing extreme activities in very unusual place. Plenty options are available to choose up but the cost doesn’t make sense. Water and dust resistance is a pricey feature only available for the latest flagship phone. Regarding the problem, LG launches LG X Venture, a perfect balance between specs, cost, and durability. It comes with an IP68 certificate and MIL-STD 810G test certificate from the US-Military.
LG X Venture key specifications:
- 5.2 inches Full HD Display with Glove Mode and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Protection
- 1.4 GHz x 4 + 1.1 GHz x 4 Octa-Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
- 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage (microSD slot up to 2 TB)
- Runs on Android 7 (Nougat)
- 16 MP Rear-Facing and 5 MP Wide-Angle Front-Facing Camera
- Dimensions: 6.0″ (H) x 3.0″ (W) x 0.36″ (D); Weight: 5.8 oz
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS (A-GPS), Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB 2.0
- Li-Ion 4100 mAh non-removable battery with Fast Charging
- IP68 Dust and Water Resistant
- Shock Resistant with MIL-STD 810G Testing
- Rear Key with Fingerprint Sensor
Prioritizing the physical durability doesn’t mean having an ugly design. Comparing to other smartphones, LG X Venture is still a bit thicker. The front side uses glass material with three physical button where the home button has a double function for fingerprint as well. On the left side uses the metal material to prevent any damage caused by drops and bumps, there is also a quick button to access any apps instantly. While the backside uses textured rubber material so it generates more comfortable grip.
What makes this phone special is the availability of IP68 certificate and MIL-STD 810G test certificate. It means you can take the phone underwater up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. The durability is not also a doubtful because it has passed 14 physical test from the US-Military. Wherever and whenever you go, you can keep LG X Venture with you.
LG X Venture is built for the outdoor purpose, and the screen is also designed to support it. No special display technology like AMOLED or 2.5D curved, but the brightness is breathtaking in every situation. It’s a 5.2-inch display with 1080p resolution that produces clear detail in 423 pixels per inch density. Since the screen is extremely bright and very detail, the outdoor operation is compatible, even under the sun and under the water.
LG runs Android 7.0 Nougat as its operating system, things commonly owned by the latest phone nowadays. About the launcher or user interface, it uses original LG launcher instead of stock Android. The launcher itself contains three different home options: Home, Home & App Drawer, and EasyHome. The first two are not a novelty, whilst the EasyHome is a simplified user interface. There are also some preinstalled LG apps like LG Health, QuickMemo+, FM Radio, and Outdoor Essentials (barometer, compass, weather, and much more).
Selling for $329 makes LG X Venture affordable and counted on the list of the mid-range smartphone. On that budget, you get 16 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens. Similar to other mid-range phones, the result is only good for adequate light. Don’t expect too much in low light conditions, but very good for the outdoor snapshot. To take a selfie with friends, there is 5 MP camera with wide angle lens. The wider the lens, the more people involved in the photo.
Talking about the engine, LG X Venture is powered by Snapdragon 435 processor with Adreno 505 GPU. You can say the processor is not comparable to the price. The presence of 2 GB RAM also becomes the most terrible drawback ever. Another option is Moto G5 Plus which provides higher performance for the cheaper price. Keep in mind, LG X Venture doesn’t focus on it because it is an outdoor design. A balance between the cost, spec, and durability.
2G, 3G, and 4G connectivity are available on LG X Venture. However, the phone is locked to AT&T, so the network is not available everywhere. Additional carrier charges may apply for you. Other connectivity are Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC and A-GPS. LG X Venture can also be used for HD voice and Wi-Fi calling.
4100 mAh battery is huge enough to supply the power needs of LG X Venture. The talk time is up to 24 hours and standby time is up to 30 days, but depending on the network strength and application use. Doing outdoor activities with LG X Venture is the right choice because you don’t need worrying a lot about the dying phone.
Performance is not the main concern of LG X Venture. Don’t buy this phone if you are looking for the budget or mid-range phone with high performance. This is a perfect balance between specs, cost, and durability. When looking for the outdoor smartphone that you can take underwater, this phone is at the forefront.