LG unveils the rugged, budget-friendly X venture phone
If you're looking for a capable smartphone that doesn't have a fussy, breakable build, you may be in luck with the new LG X venture. The shock- and water-resistant phone contains a few built-in navigation shortcuts for easier operation in the elements along with perks like a premium camera and capacious battery.
According to LG, the X venture has passed 14 different military-standard tests for shock, water and temperature resistance. The phone has an IP68 water resistance rating, a metal frame and non-slip back cover.
The LG X venture also adds extra physical buttons, designed to make it easier to launch apps and adjust settings during times when easy access is important. There's also a Glove Mode that can be toggled on and off – if you're using your phone in the cold, you can make your phone recognize screen taps and gestures from your gloved hands.
There is also a 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP wide angle front (selfie) camera, 5.2-inch 1,080 x 1,920 display and front fingerprint sensor. According to LG, the roomy 4,100 mAh battery lasts up to 24 hours between charges.
The X venture is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and comes with 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of memory and a microSD slot for expandable storage.
In the US, the X Venture will be exclusively offered through AT&T starting May 26. Payment plans are available starting at US$11 per month for 30 months, which makes it significantly more budget-friendly than most of its less rugged counterparts.
Product page: AT&T