The LG G7 ThinQ has proven to be one of the best overall performers among flagship smartphones in 2018. With one of the best form factors (sans divisive notch), the G7 ThinQ sports all the usual symptoms of flagship devices: a top-tier Snapdragon 845 chipset, amazing cameras, and all that AI goodness.
But it shells it all in a standard premium-feeling package, belying a multitude of innovative little features. From an impressive ESS 32-bit Quad DAC with simulated 7.1 DTS-X surround sound, to a game-changing haptic feedback on a phone, to a surprisingly-useful boombox feature that turns any hollow surface into a full-sized feature.
LG brings these features to two new models launched at IFA Berlin 2018, the LG G7 One and the LG G7 Fit. The beautiful glass build and the 6.1-inch QHD+ (1440 x 3120) resolution Super Bright Display that delivers 1,000 nits is brought over to the two offsprings.
Both phones are touted at budget alternatives to LG’s flagship G7 ThinQ, which retails at a wallet-gutting SGD 1,198 (USD 875). The LG G7 One is a pared-down G7 ThinQ with a lower-tier Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It is LG’s first Android One device, which promises timely updates from Google itself.
Out of the box, users will only have the bare essentials, without any bloatware. Regular security updates and Google Play Protect keep users protected, while the phone works in the background to optimise background apps to squeeze the most out of the phone.
The LG G7 Fit is touted to be a more affordable version of the LG G7 ThinQ. Designed as a bridge between mid-tier and flagship devices, it provides the same premium build and experience with slightly pared-down processing power. It sports a Snapdragon 821 chipset, an older pre-10nm processor than the 835. The quad-core CPU might not boast the same processing power of its octa-core brethren of the G7 One and the G7 ThinQ, but would be sufficient for most use cases.
Battery capacity, like the original G7 ThinQ, is still a modest 3,000mAh, though Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 alleviates battery woes to some extent. We’ll see the same screen, body and other features like the Boombox Speaker, Hi-Fi DAC, and 1,000 nits Super Bright Display.
Camera performance is significantly reduced with a single 16MP f2.2 rear camera, which means users will miss out on LG’s super useful ultra-wide option on the LG G7 ThinQ. The cameras are AI-equipped to help optimise shots, and also support Google Lens.
LG encases both newly-released devices in the same premium-feeling and robust MIL-STD 810G-compliant hardware as the G7 ThinQ.
The LG G7 One will be available with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, in New Aurora Black and Moroccan Blue. The LG G7 Fit will come in 64GB and 32GB variants, in New Aurora Black and New Platinum Gray. Pricing and availability in Singapore and Globally have yet to be announced.