LG Q7 Plus Review – An A+ Phone? [2020 Update]

The Q7 Plus is one of the best in the Q7 line. Although released 2 years ago, it’s a phone that’d make for a great primary driver. In our LG Q7 Plus review, we not only talked all about it, but compared it to alternatives too. 

LG Q7 Plus Specs

Device Specifications:


 Launch Date

 2018

 Weight

 5.11 ounces (145 grams)

 Measurements

 5.66 in x 2.73 in x 0.33 in (143.8 mm x 69.3 mm x 8.4 mm)

 Graphics Card

 Adreno 506

 Display Screen

 5.5 in (139.7 mm) IPS LCD 1080 x 2160 pixels

 Operating System

 Android 8

 Chipset

 Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450

 CPU

 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A5

 RAM

 4 GB

 Internal Space

 64 GB

 Front Camera

 8 MP

 Rear Camera

 16 MP

 Supported SIM types

 Nano (single)

 Network Coverage

 2G, 3G, 4G

 Battery Coverage

 3000 mAh

Features

Design

Are you looking for a big phone? If you are, the handset is not for you. This is strange considering it has ‘Plus’ in its name. Its screen stretches 5.5 inches (139.7 mm) across.

It’s built well, though. You’re getting a metal back. The metal seems to have a glass-like finish, which makes it look more expensive. It feels the part too. LG curved its sides well.

We would’ve loved it if it came with some heft. Sadly, it only weighs 5.11 ounces (145 grams). Heavier phones tend to feel more premium.

Is it thick?

Thankfully not. The following are its dimensions, 5.66 in x 2.73 in x 0.33 in (143.8 mm x 69.3 mm x 8.4 mm).

You won’t be picking it up in a boring black. The Q7 Plus is available in the following shades:

  • Aurora Black
  • Moroccan Blue
  • Lavender Violet

We’re the biggest fans of the violet version. How often do you see phones rocking the shade?

Looking across its sides, you’ll find a microSD slot. There’s a 3.5 mm headphone jack too. This isn’t a surprise as the device is from a few years ago. Manufacturers are all about removing them these days.

Although it comes with a MicroSD slot, its storage is good.

Are you getting a fingerprint sensor? Of course, it is placed underneath its camera. It’s easy to reach. Its buttons are in easy to reach positions as well. We also love that they’re tactile.

We have some good news:

It comes with face unlock.  Is it fast? Not really, but we aren’t complaining. We’re happy to see it present.

Display

Considering its screen is small, its immersivess quality isn’t superb. This is especially true as you don’t get a vibrant display panel. You’re met with IPS LCD.

It doesn’t come with the best screen-to-body ratio. This isn’t a surprise. Only high-end devices released during the Q7 Plus’ time did. Although not the best, its ratio is 77.3%, which isn’t too bad.

We’re not told what the glass on its front is. It’s probably good strengthened glass as its back is so sturdy.

If you’re not a fan of its vibrancy, you can do something about it. LG included expert colour and temperature settings.

Its sharpness is good. Like really good. Its screen is 1080 x 2160 pixels. As its face so small, such a resolution makes it pin-sharp.

LG q7 plus

Battery

It doesn’t come with a large battery. Its unit is 3000 mAh. This is one of the reasons it isn’t very thick. Hopefully, you think this was a good compromise.

How long does it last? A little over a day. There are good power-saving modes. You can make its battery last much longer than specified.

We’re not fans of Micro USB ports. They’re archaic and make phones charge slowly.

What about the Q7 Plus? Thankfully, it doesn’t come with the port. There’s a USB-C entry. It also makes use of 15 W fast charging; it goes from 0-100% in over an hour.

No, you won’t be able to remove its battery.

Processor

Processor wise, you’re not getting anything flagship worthy. However, its chipset will handle everyday tasks with ease. It’s the Snapdragon 450.

As discussed, its storage is good. You can pick it up with 64 GB of space and 4 GB of RAM. It’ll take a while to fill up.

The 4 GB RAM makes moving through apps very speedy. We have no complaints.

Are we told what type of microSD cards it can handle? Sadly, no.

Out of the box, it runs Android 8. There’s no news of an Android 10 upgrade.

Camera

There are single shooters on its front and back. Its front camera is an 8 MP lens. On its back, a 16 MP shooter is present. You’re getting an LED flash on its primary camera but not on its selfie one.

It doesn’t take the most colour accurate or sharp shots, but it’s not too bad.

However:

Don’t expect anything Instagram-worthy in lowlight.

Connectivity

You can connect to 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. The handset makes use of Bluetooth v4.2.

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5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 2160 pixels,; 16MP F2.2 Primary Camera, 8MP F1.9 Front Camera

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Alternatives

Now that you know everything about it, we thought about comparing it to units that would give it the most run for its money.

The LG Q7+ and LG G7 ThinQ is a comparison that must be done. They’re both powerhouse devices LG released in 2018.

It’s much larger than its counterpart. Its screen stretches 6.1 inches (154.9 mm) across. As you’re aware, we’re fans of larger handsets. They feel more modern. 

It’s built well. You’re getting Gorilla Glass 5 on its rear. Around it, there’s an aluminum frame. This helps it feel more premium.

The panel on its front is not good. You’re getting IPS LCD. Thankfully, its screen-to-body ratio is superb. There’s barely any bezel action, it’s 82.6%.

Its resolution is really good. Its screen is 1440 x 3120 pixels.

Just like its rear, there’s Gorilla Glass 5 on its front. Good luck trying to scratch it.

Its chipset is much better than its counterpart’s. It is the Snapdragon 845 – it’s a processor fit for a flagship.

That being said:

You’re met with the same storage and memory as the Plus. Yes, you’ll be able to expand it. We are told it supports microSD cards up to 2 TB.

Out of the box, you’re getting Android 8. What about Android 10? It can be upgraded.

In the battery department, it doesn’t do well. There’s a 3000 mAh unit. It’s the same mAh as its alternative’s, but it comes with a more taxing screen. That’s why it won’t last as long.

You’ll be charging it with a USB-C port. An 18 W fast charger would be used, taking it from 0-100% in around 2 hours.

Its camera is good. You’re getting a double shooter on its rear. Its primary sensor is a 16 MP lens while its secondary one is also 16 MP. However, it’s ultrawide.

On its front, an 8 MP wide lens is present.

Like the Q7+, you’re getting an LED flash. That being said, only on its back set-up.


From all the phones around, it is the closest related to the Q7+.

It is the same size as it. Not only does it also rock a 5.5-inch (139.7 mm) screen, but you’re getting the same dimensions too. If you remember, this means that it’s thin.

The panel on its display is familiar. It is an IPS LCD. It comes with the same screen resolution as its counterpart too. 

You don’t have to look closely to notice the bezel action. Its screen-to-body ratio is 77.3%.

Similar to its alternative, we’re not told what the glass on its display is. Our bets are on the regular strengthened type, though.

They differ when it comes to chipsets. The Q7 hosts the Mediatek MT6750S. It’s a basic chipset, so don’t get too heavy-handed. Compared to the processor on the Plus, it doesn’t perform as well.

Out of the box, it runs Android 8.1. Sadly, you won’t be able to upgrade it to Android 10.

You’re not getting 64 GB ROM and 4 GB RAM. Instead, there are 32 gigs of space and 3 GB of memory. You can expand its storage. It accepts microSD cards that are up to 512 GB.

Battery wise, a 3000 mAh unit is present. You’ll be charging it with a USB-C port. It takes as long as its sibling to charge. It utilizes the same 15 W fast charging after all.

If you guessed it, you won’t be able to remove its battery.

There’s a single shooter on its front and back. Its rear shooter consists of a 13 MP lens. On its front, an 8 MP lens is present.

There is an LED flash on its back camera but not on its front. Its counterpart and the ThinQ didn’t come with it either.

Final Thoughts

What did you think about our LG Q7 Plus review? We’re fans of the handset. It was released years ago but comes with decent specs. It’s not the most expensive, which makes it even more appealing. 

Unfortunately, LG is a brand not many users are fans of. This should change. They regularly put out quality phones.

We compared the Plus to two alternatives. It doesn’t compare well against the G7 ThinQ. But the LG ThinQ was also released years ago, and it’s still a decent phone by today’s standards. This is a testament to the company’s might.

It beats the Q7. The improved chipset and ROM are what stand out.

As you can tell, we’re fans of them. That’s why we regularly talk about them on our Facebook page. We’ve compared more recent handsets from the brand with others. Check us out!


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