LG Velvet back camera macro at angle
David Imel / Android Authority

LG was once a major player in the smartphone industry. The Korean manufacturer was one of the first companies to feature a flagship phone, introduce a unique rear-button layout, and experiment in modularity with the LG G5. However, those days will soon come to an end. LG has recently revealed that it will be shutting down its smartphone division. It expects to fully close out its operations by July 31. That means no more new LG phones.

Read more: Best LG phones ever

However, there are still some solid recent handsets that are still available for sale, either unlocked or via carriers. While some of these phones may not get much in the way of future software updates, LG has claimed that it will provide at least two software updates for its recent premium phones and some of its lower-priced devices. Keep in mind that LG’s plans could change so you are buying any of its phones on this list at your own risk in terms of software updates.

With that said, here is our roundup of some of the best LG phones you can currently buy in 2021!

The best LG phones of 2021:

  1. LG V60
  2. LG Velvet
  3. LG Wing
  4. LG K92
  5. LG K71 Stylus

1. LG V60

Best flagship LG phone

LG V60 top half of back 1

The LG V60 ThinQ is still the latest true flagship offering from the Korean manufacturer. This phone is both powerful and one of the best-looking devices currently on the market. It’s not the newest, but is still the best LG phone you can currently buy.

The LG V60 is a 5G phone with all of the specs you’d expect from a flagship. Under the hood, it offers 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and the Snapdragon 865. A massive 5,000mAh battery powers everything. But the LG flagship has a number of advantages over other high-end phones. Like many other LG phones before it, the V60 is an audiophile’s device with a Quad DAC. It has kept both the headphone jack and the microSD slot two things that seem to be disappearing from many Android phones as of late. Despite this, it is still IP68 water and dust resistant.

Two other great perks the LG V60 offers are wireless charging and a dual-screen accessory for multitasking. Although the second screen costs extra, it makes the V60 one of the most versatile devices you can buy without the worries you might have with a foldable.

The 5G flagship also has improved cameras. On the back, you will find a main 64MP camera, accompanied by 13MP ultra-wide and ToF sensors. Unfortunately, the selfie camera is still housed in a notch, but it’s a tiny one that’s relatively easy to ignore. Overall, however, the LG V60 is a truly excellent phone that you shouldn’t overlook.

The phone is available online via AT&T. It’s also available via Verizon, but only as an in-store device; you cannot actually purchase the phone online, although you can go online to find a store that still has it in stock.


LG V60 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. LG Velvet

Best dual-screen LG phone

LG Velvet using pen on dual screen 1

LG decided to get away from the foldable phone bandwagon. Instead, we got the LG Velvet with an optional dual screen. More affordable and not prone to display malfunctions, this phone is basically LG’s Velvet in a fancy case

The Velvet is a first for the LG phones lineup as it toes the line between a flagship and a premium mid-range offering. It skips the fastest Snapdragon chip in favor of the 765G, but most other specs are first-rate. LG’s Velvet is also one of the most stylish phones we’ve seen in a while thanks to the vibrant finish and unique camera bubbles.

See also: The best cases you can get for the LG Velvet

The Velvet is also one tough cookie with its MIL-STD 810G rating and IP68 certification. It may not look like an adventurer’s device, but you can absolutely take it into the wild. You’ll also have 6GB or 8GB of RAM to work with and 128GB of storage.

As for the camera setup, the Velvet comes with three rear sensors. A 48MP wide shooter is flanked by an 8MP ultrawide option and a 5MP depth sensor. Around the front, LG chose a 16MP selfie lens.

 

LG Velvet specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6 or 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10 upgradable to Android 11

3. LG Wing

Most unique LG phone

LG Wing spotify and maps 2
David Imel / Android Authority
Spotify top, maps bottom

Folding phones and flip phones have nothing on this handset. The top display of the LG Wing rotates to form a “T” shaped device and gives you a little extra real estate. This is truly the most unique of the LG phones in this list.

Although the Wing is an impressive first attempt at an all-new device, we can’t forget that it’s still the first try. It’s not the lightest phone, and the cameras aren’t spectacular, but you’re guaranteed to turn more than a few heads.

See also: LG Wing buyer’s guide: Everything you need to know

As for power, you’re looking at a Snapdragon 765G chip — the same one you’ll find on the Velvet mentioned above. The battery is smaller than the Velvet as well at 4,000mAh. If you love to watch YouTube videos and scroll Twitter at the same time, you’ll probably be well served by the 6.8-inch primary display and the 3.9-inch secondary unit.

On the camera front, LG has brought back the pop-up selfie shooter for its Wing. Because of course there have to be more moving parts. It’s also designed to offer a unique gimbal mode with the three rear-facing cameras, though they’re not powerful enough to compete with a proper gimbal and powerful lens.

The phone is available online via AT&T. It’s also available via Verizon, but only as an in-store device; you cannot actually purchase the phone online, although you can go online to find a store that still has it in stock.


LG Wing specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch QHD+ and 3.9-inch FHD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. LG K92

Best mid-range LG phone

lg k92
LG

If you really want one of the remaining LG phones but want to spend less, look no further than the LG K92. It is the best mid-range LG phone you can currently buy and it’s 5G-ready.

The LG K92 sports a big 6.7-inch LCD screen with solid specs under the hood. It offers 6GB of RAM, 128GB of upgradable storage, and it’s powered by a Snapdragon 690G chipset. The K92 comes with Android 10 out of the box. It also has a large 4,000mAh battery, which means you won’t have to reach for the charger often.

Like many mid-range devices, the headphone jack and microSD slot are still here too. However, the K92 has other great perks. Its fingerprint scanner is side-mounted, and you get loud stereo speakers, too. Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t have an IP rating, but this is a common occurrence with mid-range and budget devices.

The phone won’t fail you in the camera department, however. On the front, you will find a 16MP selfie-sensor. The rear houses a quad AI camera, with a 64MP wide sensor, a 5MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. Together, they allow you to take great photos with bokeh effects.


LG K92 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 690G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

LG K71 Stylus

Best budget LG phone

lg k71 stylus
LG

The LG K71 Stylus is another great choice for one of the mid to budget range LG phones. As you might have guessed from its name, it sports a stylus and it’s a great budget alternative to the Galaxy Note series.

You might have expected to see one of LG’s Stylo devices in this section, and that makes perfect sense. In fact, the K71 Stylus is actually a punched-up version of the Stylo 6 so it still fits the bill.

The K71 Stylus is the best budget LG phone.

In terms of specs, the K71 Stylus is pretty standard. It comes with Android 10 out of the box, and sports 4GB of RAM and 128GB of upgradable storage. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset and a 4,000mAh battery. The stylus is a great addition too, allowing you to navigate apps more easily and create colorful doodles.

The cameras, however, are nothing particularly wonderful. You will find a triple-lens setup on the backside, topped off by a 48MP wide shooter. LG paired that with two more 5MP lenses, but the 32MP front-facing camera might be the best of the bunch.


LG K71 Stylus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P35
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

There you have it — these are our picks for the best LG phones, though again with the company exiting the business, further support is now up in the air.