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LG has had its share of ups and downs in the smartphone business, but LG phones shouldn’t be overlooked. The Korean manufacturer has 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 across the price spectrum. There is something for everybody. Here is our roundup of some of the best LG phones you can buy in 2020!

The best LG phones of 2020:

  1. LG V60
  2. LG G8X
  3. LG G8
  4. LG K50S
  5. LG Stylo 5

Editor’s note: We will update this list regularly as new LG phones are launched.

1. LG V60

Best flagship LG phone

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The LG V60 ThinQ is the latest flagship offering from the Korean manufacturer. This phone is both powerful and one of the best-looking devices currently on the market. It’s without a doubt 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 latest 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 which 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.

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 G8X

Best dual-screen LG phone

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LG did not jump on the foldable phone bandwagon. Instead it gave us the dual-screen LG G8X ThinQ. More affordable and not prone to display malfunctions, this phone is basically an LG G8 ThinQ with an extra screen.

The changes to the spec sheet have been minimal, but there are some other noticeable differences between the G8X and the G8. The LG G8X sports 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and the same Snapdragon 855 chipset as its predecessor. The battery, however, has been upgraded from 3,500mAh to 4,000mAh to power the dual screens. The G8X display is also bigger, at 6.4-inches compared to the 6.1-inch display on the LG G8.

The major differences between the two phones can be found in the camera department. The LG G8X has more modest front-facing camera, with a single 32MP wide sensor. There is no triple rear camera variant of the G8X either. Instead, the LG G8X sports a 12MP standard sensor and a 13MP ultrawide sensor.

The LG G8X still has a lot to offer though. It’s among the few audiophile phones left on the market, with stereo speakers and support for a 32-bit HiFi Quad DAC. So, if you want the foldable experience at a lower price, you can’t go wrong with the LG G8X.

LG G8X ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. LG G8

Best older LG flagship phone

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On the surface, the LG G8 ThinQ looks much like its predecessor, the LG G7. Inside, however, it’s another story. While the G8 has the same display size as the G7, the newer phone has ditched the old IPS LCD display tech for an OLED screen.

The LG G8 sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of upgradable storage. The battery is also larger than the LG G7, at 3,500mAh. It has an IP68 dust and water resistance rating and comes with Android 9 Pie.

The flagship has two rear cameras. The standard lens is 12MP with a 1.5 aperture and a 78 field-of-view. The second sensor is also a wide-angle lens that’s 16MP, with a 1.9 aperture and a 107-degree field-of-view. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera, but the G8 has thrown in what the company calls a “Z camera” on the front of the phone. It’s a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor that can be used with the phone’s machine learning software to create a 3D model of your face for true facial recognition.

In addition, the LG G8 has another security method called Vein ID. It can create an image of the owner’s hand and see the owner’s blood veins to unlock the phone. LG claims this Vein ID image should be almost impossible to hack. There’s also Air Motion, which lets you unlock the phone with just with the wave of a hand. It can be used for other things too, like answering calls, taking screenshots and more.

LG G8 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP or 12, 16 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP, ToF
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

4. LG K50s

Best mid-range LG phone

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If you want an LG phone but want to spend less, look no further than the LG K50S. It is the best mid-range LG phone you can currently buy.

The LG K50S sports a big 6.5-inch LCD screen with decent specs under the hood. It offers 3GB of RAM, 32GB of upgradable storage and it’s powered by a Mediatek MT6762 chipset. The K50S comes with Android 9 Pie 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 K50S has other great perks. Its fingerprint scanner is conveniently placed on the rear of the phone, while on the side you will find a dedicated Google Assistant button. 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 13MP selfie-sensor. The rear houses a triple AI camera, with a 13MP wide sensor, a 5MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. Together, they allow you to take great photos with bokeh effects.

The LG K50S is currently available in Europe, Latin America and Asia and it costs around €150. If you want an upgraded version with a punch-hole instead of a notch, however, we recommend you wait until the end of April when LG is expected to release the quad-camera LG K61.

LG K50S specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek MT6762
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13, 5 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

LG Stylo 5

Best budget LG phone

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The LG Stylo 5 is another great choice for a mid to budget range LG phone. As you might have guessed from its name, it sports a stylus and it’s a great budget alternative to the Galaxy Note series.

The Stylo 5 is on the smaller side for mid-range and budget devices, with a 6.2-inch LCD display with a 1080 x 2160 resolution. But the good news for many is that it doesn’t have a notch. It still sports the standard top and bottom bezels.

The Stylo 5 is the best budget LG phone.

In terms of specs, the Stylo 5 is pretty standard. It comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box, and sports 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of upgradable storage. It is powered by a Snapdragon 450 chipset and a 3,500mAh battery. Unlike many other budget phones, however, it comes with a USB Type-C port. The stylus is a great addition too, allowing you to navigate apps more easily and create colorful doodles.

The cameras, however, are nothing spectacular. You will find just a single 13MP rear sensor and a 5MP selfie camera on the LG Stylo 5. Nevertheless, they still take decent photos, and if cameras are not on top of your priority list, you won’t be disappointed by the LG Stylo 5.

LG Stylo 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 450
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

There you have it — these are our picks for the best LG phones, though there are plenty of other great options to choose from.

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