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 [August 2018]
|LG G7 ThinQ||$750||£649||INR 39,990|
|LG V30S ThinQ||$730 (down from $930)||Price not confirmed||Price not confirmed|
|LG V20||$400||£535||INR 43,000|
|LG G6||From $480 and above||£400||INR 32,990|
|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.
LG G7 ThinQ
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.
Here’re the 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 P update.
LG V30S ThinQ
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.
- 6-inch 18:9 QHD+ OLED screen
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- 6GB RAM and 128/256GB storage (expandable up to 2TB)
- Dual 16MP + 13MP back camera and 5MP front camera
- 3300mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 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, Google Daydream, Face Unlock, etc.
Korea’s LG V30 was updated with some of the new AI camera features found on the V30S ThinQ and we expect that LG will also update the rest of the globe’s variants with these capabilities at some point. While waiting is an option, especially for financial reasons, we cannot guarantee that the standard V30 or even the V30+ will get Vision AI and Voice, among other ThinQ-related features.
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!
- 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 (US only variant), aptX HD, etc.
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
- 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 P
- 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.
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.
LG Stylo 4
Until 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Upcoming LG phones
As noted earlier, the LG V30S ThinQ is not actually a new phone, but a revised V30. As such, LG is still expected to unveil the successor to the LG V30 at some point this year and based on the rumors, leaks, and speculations, there’s something to look forward to.
LG V40 ThinQ
Unlike the LG V30S ThinQ or even the AT&T-exclusive LG V35 ThinQ, the real successor to the V30 is coming. The phone, as most of us expect, will be called LG V40 ThinQ. Right now, not much is known about the LG V40 ThinQ, but rumors point to some interesting stuff like up to five cameras that will push the price beyond the $1000 mark.
Given that it’s a flagship phone, we also expect equally flagship specs and features on the LG V40, among them a 6-inch QHD+ display screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 6GB RAM and at least 64GB of internal storage. The LG V20 was the first device to come preinstalled with Android Nougat and while we expected the feat to be repeated with the LG V30 and Oreo, this wasn’t the case. Here’s to hoping LG V40 picks up from where the V20 left off and comes preinstalled with Android P.
Related: LG V40: All you need to know
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.