The best LG phones in 2018

Best LG Phones

With the many ups and downs, LG has had over the recent years, making an impact in the smartphone world hasn’t been easy. But all this time the company wasn’t shying away from taking on the heavyweights, even if some cases, like the LG G5, were always going to end up in shambles. Given LG has done some impressive work in the past (hint: LG G3), it’s a shame that G6 wasn’t a success either, but at least they have a new ThinQ series of smartphones up and ready.

Despite everything, the Korean company has a great collection of phones that we can recommend to our readers, be it a high-end, midrange or budget phone. It all depends on your needs and budget.

The Best LG Phones [October 2018]

 Device  USA  UK  India
LG V40 ThinQ $949 To be confirmed To be confirmed
LG G7 ThinQ From $750 £600 INR 39,990
LG V35 ThinQ $850 NA (£459 for V30) NA (INR 34,963 for V30+)
LG G7 One To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
LG G7 Fit To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
LG G6 From $360 and above  £440 or £340  INR 27,490
LG V20 $400 £599 NA
LG Q7+ $350 Coming soon Coming soon
LG Stylo 4 (LG Q Stylus) $230 (Cricket Wireless), $250  (T-Mobile, Amazon Prime), $299 (Unlocked) NA  NA
LG K20 Plus/K20 V $119 (T-Mobile)/$168 (Verizon) NA NA
LG X Power 2/X Charge/K10 Power $169.99 (Amazon Prime) £160 NA

LG isn’t having the best of times in the smartphone business, something that was evident at the MWC 2018 when the company could only manage to give us a recycled LG V30. Nonetheless, the table above has a list of the best LG phones you can buy in 2018. Of course, this list will change in case LG unveils better handsets, but until then, let’s check out what you get when you buy any of these great LG handsets.


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LG V40 ThinQ

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Smartphones are today’s portable cameras and vendors want the best for you. Some like Google believe software is enough to achieve different photo effects, but others like LG think having a dedicated lens for these effects is a much better proposition. Honestly, Huawei’s P20 Pro has proven this approach to be quite effective and LG wants in on the fun with the LG V40 ThinQ.

On the back of the LG V40 ThinQ are three camera lenses – the usual LG combination of a standard and wide-angle lenses plus a telephoto lens, making up for an interesting setup. The front also has two camera lenses – a standard and wide-angle lens – making it a total of five lenses on the V40. The phone also comes with lots of AI (ThinQ) that promises more improvements to your photography experience with the phone.

Being a flagship phone, the LG V40 also ships with top-notch hardware specs and features in order to battle fairly against the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 3 XL. The G7’s Boombox speaker is also on board and so is the much-loved 3.5mm audio jack alongside a USB-C port – a combination that shouldn’t be taken for granted these days.

Specs
  • 6.4-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ P-OLED display with a notch
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB storage with microSD support
  • Tri-lens 12MP + 16MP + 12MP main camera
  • Dual 8MP + 5MP selfie camera
  • 3300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack,  BoomBox speaker, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Quick Charge 3.0, wireless charging, etc.

LG G7 ThinQ

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LG G7 ThinQ is the latest jewel from the Korean company that has had mixed reactions, mainly due to the design that includes a notched display screen. The company has included a setting to hide the notch, which should work just fine for LG fans who want nothing to do with the notch.

In terms of specs, this is the phone that finally brings you this year’s hardware and lots of other 2018-like specs and features. However, you still have to part with a premium to get your hands on an otherwise underwhelming smartphone, especially when compared to the competition from Samsung and Huawei, among others.

Specs
  • 6.1-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of expandable storage (up to 2TB)
  • Dual 16MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, IP68, MIL-STD 810G, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 32-bit Hi-Fi QDAC, Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless charging, rear-mounted scanner, Face unlock, NFC, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Boombox speaker, etc.

If, however, you simply dislike the notch, the LG V30S ThinQ is a great alternative, as you can see below. But due to the high cost, there’s nothing really wrong in going a step down to the LG G6, which has top-notch specs and features, a great display screen, and a promise for Android Pie update.

LG V35 ThinQ

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The LG V35 ThinQ has a design that resembles the V30 and V30S. However, on the inside, you’ll find hardware specs that largely mimic the LG G7. In fact, the only standout differences between the V35 and G7 can be seen on the display screen, amount of RAM and the battery capacity.

Specs
  • 6-inch 18:9 QHD+ (2880 x 1440) OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Dual 16MP+ 16MP main camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • 64GB of expandable storage
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless Charging, Super Bright Camera, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, NFC, Super Far-Field Voice Recognition, AI CAM, Google Lens, IP68 Water and Dust Resistance, MIL-STD 810G certification, Face Recognition, Fingerprint Sensor, etc.

In the U.S., the V35 is an AT&T carrier exclusive device, but there’s an unlocked variant available through the official LG store. Unfortunately, this handset is not sold in markets outside the U.S., which makes it hard to come by in places like the UK and India, but of course, there are other alternatives in these markets.

LG V30

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At the MWC, LG launched a refreshed V30 and called it V30S ThinQ. As you can see from the name, there’s some V30 still in the new V30S, but the most important part of the new model’s name is the last – ThinQ. At the CES, LG unveiled ThinQ, an AI-based platform that is meant to work with connected smart devices, obviously from the company’s ThinQ lineup.

These AI capabilities have been pushed to the LG V30S with more focus on the camera, but under the hood, you get the same device as the LG V30. Speaking of which, the V30 is the device that is easily available in the UK and India and even better is that it has been updated with all the ThinQ capabilities, essentially making it a V30S.

Specs
  • 6-inch 18:9 QHD+ OLED screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB RAM and 64/128GB storage (expandable up to 2TB)
  • Dual 16MP + 13MP back camera and 5MP front camera
  • 3300mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, rear-mounted scanner, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, IP68, MIL-STD 810G, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, HDR10, Quick Charge 3.0, etc.

LG G7 One

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The first from LG under the Android One program, the LG G7 One has a few things to share with the standard LG G7 ThinQ. The design remains mostly the same, with the notch keeping its place on the same-size display screen and a similar QHD+ resolution, but the back has a single-lens camera instead of two.

Also, unlike the 2018 G7 ThinQ, the G7 One runs a 2017 chipset, the Snapdragon 835, but this is no slouch either. In fact, considering that the version of Android 8.1 Oreo that comes preinstalled is clean, you are likely to miss the difference in performance between the SDM835 and SDM845, the latest model.

The LG G7 One also brings with it a good number of nifty little additions from the standard G7, among them IP68 and MIL-STD 810G certified design, Boombox Speaker, Google Lens, and a dedicated Google Assistant key, among others. Those in the U.S. also get support for wireless charging.

Specs
  • 6.1-inch QHD+ 19.5:9 FullVision display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB expandable storage, up to 2TB
  • 16MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, AI CAM†, Bright Camera, Boombox Speaker, Google Lens, IP68 Water & Dust Resistance, MIL-STD 810G Compliant, Google Assistant Key, Face Recognition, Fingerprint Sensor, Quick Charge 3.0, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS: X 3D Surround Sound, etc.

LG has spoken a thing about this phone’s availability, but we’ll update the post with price and availability details when available. Meanwhile, there’s more to check out.

LG G7 Fit

LG-G7-FitLG launched the G7 One alongside another G7 variant dubbed LG G7 Fit. The G7 Fit has nearly the same design as the standard G7 ThinQ, but like the G7 One, you get a single-lens camera on the back. The device is powered by a 2016 flagship processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, just like the LG G6.

Although it has the same processing unit as the G6, the G7 Fit is not necessarily an upgrade over its counterpart. The notched screen is bigger, but the battery has grown smaller. You also get Oreo out of the box perhaps with a promise of an upgrade to Android 9 Pie and Android Q, a luxury you won’t enjoy with the LG G6.

Specs
  • 6.1-inch QHD+ 19.5:9 FullVision display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB expandable storage, up to 2TB
  • 16MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, NFC, New Second Screen, AI CAM, Google Lens, QLens, Boombox Speaker, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS: X 3D Surround Sound, IP68 Water and Dust Resistance, MIL-STD 810G Compliant, Face Recognition, Fingerprint Sensor, Quick Charge 3.0, etc.

LG has yet to give full details in regards to the availability of the LG G7 Fit as well as pricing. However, we expect a midrange figure that is well below $500 or thereabout. Still, if you don’t like the notch, you want a more compact LG phone with a bigger battery and still powerful enough, you cant write off the LG G6.

LG G6

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How about a high-end phone at the price of a midranger? Although LG G6 was launched as a high-end phone, it quickly found itself in the midrange territory due to price wars between carriers and retailers all over. The G6 has all the bells and whistles of a flagship phone, be it the specs and performance, camera, features, battery life and even the design. The only problem is that LG made a poor timing with the launch, but your timing of purchase couldn’t be perfect!

Specs
  • 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ OLED screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB RAM and 32/64/128GB storage
  • Dual 13MP + 13MP back camera and 5MP front camera
  • 3300mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat, upgradable to Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, rear-mounted scanner, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, IP68, MIL-STD 810G, Quick Charge 3.0, HDR10, wireless charging (U.S.-only variant), aptX HD, etc.

LG V20

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One of the unique features of the LG V series was the secondary ticker screen, but the company has since dropped it after it had only gotten better with the LG V20. If you were a fan and had hoped for this feature to appear on the LG V30, well, your only other chance to have it is with the V20.

Although a 2016 release, the LG V20 is still one of the best out there. Being a flagship, you’ll be getting a device with superior performance, great cameras, and best of all, it has a removable battery, a design element that is hard to come by in the premium smartphone segment.

One major problem, though, is finding a brand new LG V20. If anything, you may have to settle for refurbished

Specs
  • 5.7-inch 16:9 QHD LCD screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB RAM and 32/64GB storage
  • Dual 16MP + 8MP back camera and 5MP front camera
  • 3200mAh removable battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat, upgradable to Oreo and Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, rear-mounted scanner, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, MIL-STD 810G, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Quick Charge 3.0, etc.

At 5.7 inches and some significant bezels at the top and bottom, the LG V20 may be a little big for some people’s hands. If you still want to enjoy the same quality the V20 offers in just about every aspect but on a smaller footprint, the LG Q8 is one great option.

The Q8 has the same design, hardware specs, camera and just about everything else as the V20, but you get a smaller 5.2-inch QHD display and a slightly smaller 3000mAh battery unit, which is not removable. The LG Q8 is mostly sold in Europe and Asia, but some retailers can ship it globally.

LG Q7

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Like the LG Q8 with respect to the V20, LG also unveiled an LG G6 look-alike and called LG Q6. The Q6 has the body of the G6, but with budget specs and a flurry of features missing. Of course, the end product of these massive internal changes is that the LG Q6 is available on the cheap.

Now, the Korean company has a successor of the phone dubbed LG Q7 and like its predecessor, it borrows a lot from the recently unveiled LG G7 ThinQ, including rocking some impressive features like IP68 and MIL-STD 820G ratings, USB-C, among others. However, there’s no notch, if that’s a concern for you.

So, if you really like the LG G7 but can’t afford it, the best option is to tap into the powers of the LG Q7, which comes in three variants whose availability and pricing will be market dependent. For instance, those in the U.S. can grab the Plus variant through T-Mobile.

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LG Stylo 4

LG-Stylo-4Until you get acquainted with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or the older Note 5, you won’t know the world of possibilities the stylus opens. However, the price of the Note 8 means that it’s a no-go zone for some who’d want to have this tool on their phones. Enter LG Stylo 4.

Like the name suggests, the LG Stylo 4 has a stylus and even though you won’t get the same features and capabilities as the Note 8 S Pen, it’s the closest you can get. Besides, at such an affordable price tag, you shouldn’t be expecting anything more than what is on offer, right?

It’s worth noting that the LG Stylo 4 comes in several variants (and names) depending on your carrier and there’s also an unlocked variant that ships with slightly tweaked specs.

Specs
  • 6.2-inch 18:9 FHD LCD display
  • Snapdragon 450 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB expandable storage
  • 13MP back and 5MP front cameras
  • 3300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo

The LG Stylo 4, which sells in other countries as the LG Q Stylus, is already available on T-Mobile and Cricket Wireless and as an unlocked variant. The latter is compatible with all major U.S. carriers, including Verizon and Sprint.

LG K20 Plus

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LG K series has some amazing phones at very affordable prices and one of them is the LG K20 Plus, sometimes referred to simply as LG K20 V. Unfortunately, this handset can only be purchased by folks on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, however, other carriers have the standard K20, which is just a small tweak over its better brother.

Specs
  • 5.3-inch 16:9 HD LCD display
  • Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2GB RAM and 16/32GB storage (expandable up to 256GB)
  • 13MP back and 5MP front cameras
  • 2700mAh removable battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, rear-mounted scanner, LTE, etc.

If you are not on T-Mobile or Verizon, you can still get the standard LG K20, but this one will give you 1.5GB of RAM and an 8MP sensor on the back. Also, the LG K10 2017 could be a great option for those looking for a really entry-level LG phone because essentially, it’s just an LG K20 Plus, but with a MediaTek MT6750 chipset.

LG X Power 2

As the name suggests, the LG X Power 2, also known as LG X Charge or K10 Power, is meant for power users. Boasting a massive 4500mAh battery unit, the X Power 2 isn’t big on specs. But looking at its price tag, you’ll be satisfied with what the phone has to offer. This is a great phone for first-time smartphone owners or even those who like living in the outside world and are always on the road.

Specs
  • 5.5-inch 16:9 HD LCD display
  • Snapdragon 425/MT6750 processor (depending on region)
  • 1.5/2GB RAM and 16/32GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB)
  • 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera
  • 4500mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, fast charging (Quick Charge 2.0 on Snapdragon variant), 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB, OTG, LTE, etc.

If you can’t get hold of the LG X Power 2 in your market, its predecessor, the LG X Power, is also a great option. If you live in India, good luck finding either phone. Although it has slightly weaker specs and a smaller 5.3-inch display, you still get a solid battery life from the 4100mAh unit on board.

Wrap up

LG might not be having the best of times in the smartphone industry, but it’s obvious the company isn’t going to throw in the towel. The flurry of phones available in every smartphone category says it all and while the sheer numbers mean consumers have a vast collection of devices to choose from, their availability across all markets remains a major concern. But as you can see, there’s something for everyone.

So, which is the best LG phone from the list that you don’t mind buying this 2018? Let us know in your comments below.

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