The LG G7+ ThinQ costs the same as the OnePlus 6 in India while delivering much more value for your money.
OnePlus gets all the attention in the premium segment in India, but if you're looking for a device that offers the most amount of value for your money, then the LG G7+ should be at the top of your list. The phone is available in India for just ₹39,990, which is identical to what the 128GB variant of the OnePlus 6 retails for in the country.
The LG G7+ has much more going for it, in the form of a QHD display, excellent cameras, IP68 dust and water resistance, along with a MIL-STD-810G rating, and a Quad DAC that delivers the best audio experience on Android today. Here's why you should buy the LG G7+ in India.
The QHD+ display is fantastic
LG was one of the first manufacturers to switch to the Quad HD resolution, and the G7+ offers a 6.1-inch QHD+ 19.5:9 display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440. There's a notch up top — which LG calls a second screen — and you have the option to customize the area on either side of the cutout with various accent colors.
Although the phone doesn't have an OLED panel (it uses an IPS display) it sports excellent sunlight visibility. The maximum brightness in auto mode is more than adequate for reading the contents on the screen even under harsh sunlight, and there's a super bright mode that cranks the brightness up all the way to over 900 nits. Aside from sunlight legibility, the panel offers vivid colors and deep blacks.
Furthermore, the LG G7+ is one of very few devices to come with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, and you'll be able to see a tangible difference when streaming select titles on Netflix and Prime Video.
The LG G7+ also has better in-hand feel when compared to the OnePlus 6. At 71.9mm, the LG G7+ is narrower than the OnePlus 6 (75.4mm), making it easier to hold and use one-handed.
Great wide-angle camera backed by AI
LG's differentiation in the camera space comes from its wide-angle camera. The G7+ comes with dual 16MP cameras at the back, with the secondary sensor pulling duty as the wide-angle lens. The ThinQ branding comes from the fact that the G7+ has a smattering of AI capabilities, including the ability to automatically select the best shooting mode based on the subject in focus. LG isn't the only manufacturer offering such a feature, but it has done a great job ensuring it is just as good as the scene recognition feature on the Huawei P20 Pro.
There's also Google Lens integration built into the camera app. LG even offers a dedicated hardware button to invoke Google Assistant, and double pressing the button launches Google Lens. The G7+ also has AR stickers just like the Pixel 2.
The camera itself is one of the best in this category, and LG has leveraged 4-to-1 pixel binning to produce detailed photos in low-light scenarios. The resultant 4MP images do a great job in situations where there's little to no ambient lighting available.
Excellent for audio
If you care about wired audio, LG should be your go-to brand. With more and more manufacturers getting rid of the 3.5mm jack, it's great to see LG double down in this area. The G7+ comes with a Quad DAC that offers the best audio experience on a phone.
The phone doesn't have stereo speakers, but the single speaker located at the bottom is one of the loudest on any phone in the market.
It delivers incredible value
If there's one thing Indian customers value above all, it's aggressive pricing. The LG G7+ is powered by the Snapdragon 845 and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as standard, and the phone retails for ₹39,990. It's a shame that LG isn't in a position to promote the G7+ more aggressively in India, because the device has plenty going for it.
The OnePlus 6 offers 8GB of RAM along with 128GB of storage, but it falls behind in several key areas. Not only do you get a higher-resolution display and better cameras than the OnePlus 6, but the G7+ also comes with wireless charging. Furthermore, the G7+ is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, and has an MIL-STD-810G rating that gives it added resilience against the elements.
There really isn't a feature that the G7+ misses out on when talking about hardware; if anything, LG is providing one of the best packages in this category. With the G7+, LG has created one of the best phones of 2018. It doesn't have an eye-catching design, and the software needs a lot of work, but those frustrations melt away in day-to-day usage.
What you're left with is a rugged phone that has a fantastic screen, an excellent wide-angle camera, and great audio. You cannot ask for much more than that from a phone in this category.