LG G7 ThinQ, company’s 2018 flagship, was launched in India yesterday for a competitive price of Rs 39,990. The device will be available on Flipkart starting 10th August. With that price, LG G7 is nicely setting up against the current best smartphone for this price – the OnePlus 6. While some might argue that OnePlus 6 is undoubtedly winning this battle, there is a lot more to the G7 ThinQ than just the specifications.
Yes, OnePlus 6 has Oxygen OS, 6GB RAM and AMOLED display and it is rightly termed as the ‘Performance Beast’. However, here is why LG G7 ThinQ is better than OnePlus 6.
1. Water Resistance and Military Standard Certified
OnePlus 6 does come with some sort of water resistance but the company didn’t reveal any certification to back the same. On the other hand, LG G7 comes with IP68 Water Resistance. This translates that you can submerge the LG G7 for 30 minutes in 1.5m water. Definitely ideal for a short swim.
Not only this, the LG G7 ThinQ also comes with MIL STD 810G compliance which adds up to its ruggedness even though has a glass back. This also translates to a lot of drop tests and several other durability tests performed on a particular device. What I am trying to say here is that LG G7 is more rugged and durable than the OnePlus 6 with added water resistance.
2. Better Cameras
I am so glad LG kept the Wide-Angle dual camera setup on the LG G7 ThinQ. For me, it makes a lot more sense to have a wide-angle lens on a smartphone than a Telephoto lens. Further, the main sensor has f/1.6 aperture compared to the f/1.7 aperture on the OnePlus 6. Okay! I might be nit picking here.
Overall, the camera performance on both OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ is very similar. However, you will get better portrait photos on LG G7. Not to forget the manual video mode which, in my opinion, is still highly underrated on any smartphone. A full-fledged manual video mode is so much more useful if you are into movie making or for all the YouTubers out there.
3. Focus on Audio
Most of the OEMs out there bluntly ignore the audio quality on their smartphones. But, LG is not a part of this bandwagon. Instead, they are offering the 32-bit Quad DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) on their flagship devices for a couple of years now.
This year, the company has gone a step ahead and also added what is known as Boom Box speaker in the LG G7 ThinQ. The company has added a resonance chamber at the back of the LG G7 which according to some reports has about 10 times more resonance space creating a much bass heavy and loud audio output from the tiny speaker at the bottom. So LG G7 when kept on a flat surface will resonate this output for a louder and more bass heavy sound output.
LG G7 ThinQ comes with 6.1-inch Quad HD (1440 x 3120 pixels) IPS LCD display while the OnePlus 6 comes with a 6.28-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display. Generally, AMOLED panels are better than LCD, however, the Quad HD resolution and the reputation LG has with its display easily takes the pile here.
I would still prefer an AMOLED display any day but for the masses, the display on the LG G7 ThinQ should serve better in terms of sharpness and overall display quality.
5. Expandable Storage
LG G7 comes with a storage expansion functionality while OnePlus doesn’t. Expandable storage is slowly fading away as a must have feature in smartphones these days. But, how convenient is it to just pop the microSD card out of your device and insert it to a PC. This also makes data transfer extremely easy. I have gone through an entire night waiting for my laptop to transfer all the data from phone so having a microSD card capability is a feature I would gladly accept.
Apart from this, the USB 3.1 Type-C port will give you up to 10Gbps transfer speeds if your computer supports it.
Detailed Specifications Comparison
|Specifications||LG G7 ThinQ||OnePlus 6|
|Price||Rs 39,990||Rs 34,999 - 39,999|
|Dimensions||153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm||155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm|
|Display||6.1-inch Quad HD (1444 x 3120 pixels) IPS LCD (19.5:9)||6.28-inch Full HD (1080 x 2280 pixels) Optic AMOLED (19:9)|
|Processor||Octa-Core 2.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Adreno 630 GPU||Octa-Core 2.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Adreno 630 GPU|
|Battery||3000 mAh (Non-Removable) | Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0||3300 mAh (Non-Removable) | Dash Charging|
|OS||Android 8.0 Oreo (Planned Upgrade to Android Pie)||Android 8.1 Oreo (Upgradable to Android P DP)|
|Camera||Dual 12MP f/1.6 + 12 MP f/1.9 Wide-Angle | dual-LED, OIS + EIS||Dual 16MP f/1.7 + 20 MP f/1.7 | dual-LED, gyro EIS + OIS
Slow-Mo Video | Improved Portrait Mode
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
USB Type-C 3.1
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
USB Type-C 2.0
|3.5 mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
32-bit Quad DAC
Boom Box Speaker
|Colours||New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose||Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Silk White|
|Water Resistance||Yes (IP68)|
MIL STD 810G Complaince
Both the OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ are great phones for their price. In fact, most of you out there will prefer OnePlus 6 over the LG G7 but this article was just a reminder that LG still make some great phones just overshadowed by their poor launch timing and sheer brilliance of their competitors.