In what can be termed one of the biggest surprises this week, LG has announced its first Android One phone – the LG G7 One. It has also announced a second phone called the G7 Fit which runs LG’s own custom UX.
LG G7 One
Don’t be fooled by the name as the LG G7 One isn’t the LG G7 ThinQ with Pure Android instead of LG UX. It does share some features with the 2018 flagship and can even be referred to a flagship in its own right.
The LG G7 One has a 6.1-inch QHD+ screen. This is the same display as the G7 ThinQ, so you get a notch and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Where it starts to differ is in the SoC. Instead of the Snapdragon 845, LG has put last year’s Snapdragon 835 processor.
This isn’t a bad thing as this means the LG G7 One will have a cheaper price too. And if you still aren’t pleased with it, you may want to criticize the Moto Z3 which is Motorola’s flagship for the year and also has the same Snapdragon 835 chipset.
There is 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 32GB of storage (UFS 2.1). A MicroSD card slot will allow you to add up to an additional 2TB of storage. The G7 One comes with a single 16MP rear camera with a f/1.6 aperture and a 71° wide angle lens and a single 8MP f/1.9 80° front-facing camera.
It has a fingerprint scanner below the rear camera and also has a dedicated Google Assistant button. There is an audio jack, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS-X audio and a Boombox speaker like the G7 ThinQ. It is also IP-68 rated and MIL-STD-810G certified. For connectivity, you get NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB-C port. It also has an FM radio.
The G7 One has a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It will be available in Aurora Black and New Moroccan Blue. With Android One, the LG G7 One should get updated faster than other LG phones. LG hasn’t announced a price yet but will have a proper unveiling at IFA this week.
The LG G7 One joins the Nokia 8 Sirocco as the two highest specced Android One phones on the market.
LG G7 Fit
The LG G7 Fit doesn’t come with Pure Android but that isn’t the only difference. While most of its specs are the same as that of the G7 One, it comes with a yet older processor – the Snapdragon 821. It also has two variants – a 4GB RAM + 32GB model and a 4GB RAM + 64GB model.
A Snapdragon 821 processor means Bluetooth 4.2 but there is still NFC. It will be available in New Platinum Gray and New Aurora Black. A price has also not been announced yet.