LG has had its share of ups and downs in the smartphone business, and the company hasn’t made much of an impact in the market lately. The company’s phones have never shied away from taking chances, even if not all of them clicked. It was one of the first companies to feature a flagship with a Quad HD display, introduced a unique rear-button layout, and experimented in modularity with the LG G5.
Apart from solid flagship offerings, LG has robust mid-range and entry-level portfolios, with options along on the price spectrum. It has something for everybody. Here is a roundup of some of the best LG phones you can buy!
Best high-end LG phone: LG V40 ThinQ
The V40 is LG’s latest and greatest smartphone from the OEM. Its biggest feature is the triple camera setup on the back with a standard 12MP lens, a 16MP wide-angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens. The flagship also sports two cameras on the front, allowing you to add the bokeh effect to selfies.
In addition to being camera-focused, the device was also designed for music lovers. Not only does it have a headphone jack, which is slowly becoming a thing of the past, it also has a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for improved audio quality.
The V40 is a large device, sporting a 6.4-inch QHD+ display with a notch. Like many other 2018 flagships, it packs a Snapdragon 845 and 6GB of RAM under the hood. The battery comes in at 3,300mAh, making it quite a bit smaller than the ones of the Galaxy Note 9 and Huawei P20 Pro — both have a 4,000mAh battery. The phone is up for pre-order in the U.S. and will set you back $950.
- 6.4-inch OLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
- Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 6GB of RAM
- 64/128GB of storage, expandable up to 2TB
- 12, 16, and 12MP rear cameras, 8 and 5MP front cameras
- Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6, 169g
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LG G7 ThinQ
The LG G7 shares many similarities with the V40. It’s powered by the same Snapdragon 845 chipset, with up to 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. It’s IP68 rated, has a headphone jack, and features a Quad DAC.
However, it has a smaller 6.1-inch LCD display, two cameras on the back instead of three, and a single shooter on the front. This means it also carries a lower price tag: B&H currently sells the G7 ThinQ for $570, making it $380 cheaper than the V40.
LG V30 and V35 ThinQ
LG has four different V30-V35 ThinQ models to choose from (another one, the LG V30s, has since been discontinued). All of them have the same design, with a 6-inch, 18:9 display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440, and the same 3,300mAh battery. The differences are in the processor, storage, memory, and cameras.
The standard V30 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, while the V30 Plus increases the storage to 128GB. Both have the same 16MP and 13MP rear cameras, and the same 5MP front camera. The new V35 ThinQ has the Snapdragon 845 chip, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, while the V35 Plus boosts the storage to 128GB. Both have twin 16MP rear cameras and an 8MP front camera. You can check prices via the links below.
LG G7 One
This is a stripped down version, in terms of hardware, of the LG G7. The LG G7 One is designed to be a pure Android One device, which means it should get regular software updates, but it’s still pretty powerful for a budget priced phone. Inside there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage and just one 16MP rear camera. However, this phone retains the 3,000mAh battery, the 6.1-inch notch display, and the 8MP front camera of the original G7. It has not been released in the U.S. but it’s available in Canada; you can get it at Bell for $899.
Best mid-range phone: LG Q7 Plus
There are three phones in LG’s Q7 series: the Q7, Q7a, and Q7 Plus. They all look the same, but there are minor differences between their RAM, storage, and cameras. The LG Q7 Plus is the best of the three and the only one released in the U.S. There have been two different phones released with the LG Q8 name, one in 2017 and one in 2018, but neither has arrived in the U.S.
The LG Q7 Plus has a Quad DAC on board, just like the V40.
The Q7 Plus sports a 5.5-inch Full HD+ display and comes with the Snapdragon 450 and 4GB of RAM under the hood. There’s 64GB of storage available, which can be expanded with a microSD card. The phone also features a 16MP rear camera, has a fingerprint scanner on the back, and is IP68 water/dust resistant. It even has a Quad DAC for an improved audio experience, just like LG’s high-end phones.
The handset can’t compare with the LG V40 in terms of specs, but it still has enough power under the hood for the average user. It’s also way cheaper with a full retail price of $380 at Amazon.
- 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 442ppi
- Snapdragon 450 chipset
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
- 16MP rear camera, 8MP front cameras
- Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 143.8 x 69.3 x 8.4mm, 145g
LG Q Stylus
The LG Q Stylus comes with a Samsung Galaxy Note series-style stylus for taking notes with the display off, editing captured images and videos, and creating GIFs. The handset sports a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display and packs the MediaTek MT6750S chipset along with 3GB of RAM under the hood. Other specs and features include a 3,300mAh battery, 32GB of expandable storage, and a single 16MP camera at the back.
The phone is available in various European countries including Germany, where it retails for around 290 euros (~$335).
LG Stylo 4
This is basically a variant of the LG Q Stylus for the U.S. market, although it comes with slightly different specs. The LG Stylo 4 is powered by the Snapdragon 450 chipset, has a 13MP primary camera, and a 5MP selfie snapper. The rest of the specs are the same as those on the Q Stylus, which means you get a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display, a 3,300mAh battery, and 32GB of expandable storage, among other things. Of course, the phone also comes with a stylus. You can get it from Best Buy for $300.
Best cheap LG phone: LG K30
There are loads of cheap LG phones out there, but not a lot of them are available in the U.S. One of the best LG phones on a budget you can get stateside is the K30, which sports a 5.3-inch HD display, powered by the Snapdragon 425 chipset and 2GB of RAM
These specs won’t blow your socks off, but they’re fine for average users who just want to check email and social media, browse the web, and watch an occasional video. The great thing about the K30 is that it’s available unlocked in the U.S. — most other cheap LG phones are only available through carriers.
The LG K30 comes with 16GB of expandable storage, an 8MP primary camera, and a 3,00mAh battery. It also has a headphone jack and a fingerprint scanner. It normally retails for $180, but it’s currently on sale over at B&H for $130.
- 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 720 resolution, 277ppi
- Snapdragon 425 chipset
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
- 8MP rear camera, 5MP front cameras
- Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 148.6 x 75 x 8.6mm, 168g
- LG K30 is a low-cost 600MHz (Band 71) phone at T-Mobile
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LG Zone 4/K8 Plus
This phone goes by many names. U.S. Cellular calls it the K8 Plus. Verizon named it the Zone 4. Don’t let the different names fool you: the phones are identical. They feature a 5-inch HD display, run on the Snapdragon 425 chipset, and have 2GB of RAM. Other specs include a 2,500mAh battery, 16GB of storage, and an 8MP camera. You can get it from Verizon for $120 or U.S. Cellular for only $20 with a Simple Connect Plan.
LG Aristo 2 Plus
The last device on our list of the best LG phones is the Aristo 2 Plus, which is nearly identical to the LG Zone 4 and K8 Plus smartphones. It looks the same and comes with a 5.0-inch HD display and the Snapdragon 425 chipset. The device also features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage but has a slightly smaller 2,410mAh battery and a different primary camera: 13MP instead of 8MP. It’s also a little more expensive, coming in at $150. You can get it from T-Mobile, via Amazon, at the link below.
There you have it — these are the best LG phones in our opinion, though there are plenty of other great options to choose from. Two of them are the LG G7 One and G7 Fit, which were announced in August, but we don’t know when they’ll actually come out, or what they’ll cost.
Which models would you add to our best LG phones list? Let us know in the comments!