The LG Q7 is here and it rights some of the Q6’s wrongs

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  • The LG Q7 has been revealed, coming in three flavors with varying specifications.
  • All three phones have fingerprint scanners and IP68 resistance, while the top-end Q7 Plus packs quad DAC hardware for superior audio quality too.
  • LG is also touting Portrait Mode for the Q7, as well as QLens object/landmark recognition.

The LG Q6 was one of the first “budget” phones from a major brand to launch with an 18:9 display. Aside from that design decision, the phone was a paint-by-numbers device that couldn’t hold a candle to the likes of the Redmi Note 4. Now, the company has launched the LG Q7, hoping to right the wrongs of the Q6.

The LG Q7 maintains the family template set by the Q6, featuring three variants. There’s the low-end Q7a, the standard Q7, and the top-of-the-range Q7 Plus. So how does this year’s family build on the foundation set by the Q6?

First of all, the new phone includes a rear fingerprint scanner on all three variants, which was a noteworthy omission for the $200+ Q6. The omission was particularly noteworthy as the majority of phones in this price tier had fingerprint scanners. The company’s facial recognition solution still makes an appearance here, but don’t bet on iPhone X-like levels of security.

  LG Q7 Plus LG Q7 LG Q7a
Display 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+
FullVision display
2160 x 1080 resolution
442 ppi
5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+
FullVision display
2160 x 1080 resolution
442 ppi
5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision display
2160 x 1080 resolution
442 ppi
Processor 1.5Ghz or 1.8Ghz octa-core chipset 1.5Ghz or 1.8Ghz octa-core chipset 1.5Ghz or 1.8Ghz octa-core chipset
RAM 4 GB 3 GB 3 GB
Storage 64 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Cameras Rear: 16 MP Standard Angle sensor

Front: 8 MP Wide Angle sensor (5 MP for wide angle shots)

Rear: 13 MP Standard Angle sensor

Front: 8 MP Wide Angle sensor (5 MP for wide angle shots)

Rear: 13 MP Standard Angle sensor

Front: 5 MP Wide Angle sensor

Battery 3,000 mAh
Non-removable
3,000 mAh
Non-removable
3,000 mAh
Non-removable
Network LTE / 3G / 2G LTE / 3G / 2G LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n
Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
NFC
USB Type-C 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n
Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
NFC
USB Type-C 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n
Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
NFC
USB Type-C 2.0
Software Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Dimensions and weight 143.8 x 69.3 x 8.4 mm
145 g
143.8 x 69.3 x 8.4 mm
145 g
143.8 x 69.3 x 8.4 mm
145 g
Colors Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet Moroccan Blue

Two other major improvements compared to the Q6 are IP68 water/dust resistance, and a 3GB RAM/32GB storage starting configuration. Last year’s entry-level model started at 2GB/16GB — not ideal in this day and age.

The new features don’t stop there though, as we also get a Portrait Mode, DTS:X virtual surround sound (up to 7.1 support via headphones), and QLens. The latter is LG’s tool for image recognition, object search and more.

Should you get the top-shelf LG Q7?

DTS:X support is certainly welcomed, but audiophiles might want the top-end LG Q7 Plus, as it packs a Hi-Fi quad-DAC for better audio quality. This was previously restricted to its G and V series flagship phones, delivering richer sound with quality headphones. It also makes for a unique proposition in the budget space as few mid-range phones focus on audio credentials.

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As for horsepower, the phone has an unnamed 1.5Ghz or 1.8Ghz octa-core chipset, 3GB RAM/32GB expandable storage (Q7 and Q7a) or 4GB RAM/64GB expandable storage (Q7 Plus). The Q7 Plus emerges with a 16MP/8MP camera pairing as well, while the standard Q7 serves up a 13MP/8MP pairing. The entry-level Q7a packs a 13MP/5MP camera setup.

Looking at the spec sheet, the Q7 certainly seems like a meaningful improvement over the Q6. Will it match the price of last year’s handset? LG hasn’t revealed an official price just yet, but it’s expected to launch in Europe next month, followed by the Americas and Asia.

via Android Authority

May 21, 2018 at 08:00AM