While LG may lag behind its competitors Apple and Samsung for market share, the Korean phone maker often quietly releases phones that occasionally captivate the market. The release later this year of their new LQ Q7 range is shaping up to be one of those moments.
The Q7 range will be a mid-level smartphone aimed at capturing the lower end of the price spectrum and boasts some impressive features for an affordable smartphone. The three models that will be released under the Q7 tag are the LG Q7, the LG Q7A, and the higher end LG Q7 Plus. Visually there isn’t much to separate them and they are similar in design to the LG G7 ThinQ, with a bezel-less design. The Q7A will be available in Moroccan Blue, while the Q7 and the Q7+ will be available in Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet and in a sleek Aurora Black.
The trio also do not have too much to distinguish them apart from each other spec wise, though the LG Q7A obviously boasts higher numbers. All three have a 5.5 inch edge to edge FHD screen with FullVision displays offering a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. LG plans to power the trio using either a 1.5 GHz Octa Core, or a 1.8GHz Octa-Core (possible Snapdragon 450) running on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. Memory on the Q7 and the Q7A is 3GB of Ram and 32GB of storage space, while the Q7 Plus has 64GB storage and 4GB of storage. If that’s not enough space for you then all three models are expandable to 2TB of storage space using a microSD card.
All three models will be powered by a 3000 mAh battery that uses LG’s Fast Charge technology that the company claims takes only half an hour to charge from 0%-50%. This puts it in the same ballpark charging speeds as its competitors Huawei with their Quick Charge and Adaptive Charge from Samsung.
Camera specs are respectable for a mid-level smart phone with the Q7 Plus the obvious choice for photography buffs. The Q7 Plus sports a 16MP rear mounted camera while the Q7 and the Q7A have a slight downgrade to 13MP, which is still a decent camera. All models will be equipped with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) which makes the cameras nearly 25% faster to focus then with previous models. For selfie fans the trio make use of a front mounted camera with a resolution of 5MP, and for group shots- a 100 degree angle lens.
There are a host of extra features available with the Q7 range. Some of these include finger print scanner for security and all have been rated IP68 for water and dust resistance which is a nice improvement.
The Q7 range is due for release in the UK in June and despite LQ releasing their full specifications they have kept silent on the price for now. Last year the previous model, the Q6, was priced around £250 and that is about the most useful guide to price we have at the moment. Whatever the final price will be, it looks as though LG will be releasing a serious contender for best affordable phone this year.
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