LG has had its share of ups and downs in the smartphone game, and the company hasn’t made as much of an impact in the market as it might have liked. From being one of the first companies to feature a flagship with a Quad HD display, to the unique rear-button layout, along with the experiment in modularity that was the LG G5, LG phones have not shied away from taking chances, even if not all of them have clicked.

Apart from solid flagship offerings, LG also boasts a robust mid-range and entry-level portfolio that a few spots on the price spectrum. There is an option available for everybody. Here is a roundup of some of the best LG phones you can buy!

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Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

Best high-end LG phone: LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

The LG G7 ThinQ is the latest flagship phone from LG. It’s not only the successor to the LG G6 but its the first phone that uses the company’s new ThinQ brand. It includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and – in the United States – 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. In other markets, the G7 will rock 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It has a big 6.1-inch LCD display, with a notch that can be concealed using a software feature. It’s also very bright, with support for up to 1000 nits, which means you should have no problems using the G7 ThinQ in direct sunlight.

The phone only has one speaker, but it has a feature called Boombox that lets the inner space of the phone acts as an acoustic chamber. That still allows the LG G7 ThinQ to have a very loud native audio sound. It also has  two noise-cancelling microphones and a technology called “Voice Resilient Voice Recognition”. This allows the the G7 ThinQ to pick up voice commands even in noisier environments and from up to 16 feet away. That’s helpful if you want to use the Google Assistant digital helper, which has its own dedicate hardware button on the side. It includes two rear 16MP cameras, including one with a wife angle lense, and one 8MP front camera. Both front and rear cameras support portrait mode. One problem with the G7 ThinQ is that it has a 3,000mAH battery, which is smaller than the one found on the G6.

Specs

  • 6.1-inch LCD FullVision display 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • Dual 16MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm, 162 g

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LG V30-V35 ThinQ

LG has five different V30-V35 ThinQ models to choose from. 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 same 16MP and 13MP rear cameras, and the same 5MP front camera. The V30S has 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. 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.

Get the LG V30 ThinQ/LG V30 ThinQ Plus/LG V30S ThinQ/LG V35 ThinQ/

Renders of the LG V35 ThinQ. 

 

LG G6

The G6 is currently one of the kings of the LG phones lineup. You get a beautiful metal and glass construction, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, wireless charging (in the U.S. version only) and fast-charging capabilities, an excellent dual-camera setup, and gorgeous display with a unique 18:9 aspect ratio, rounded corners, and incredibly thin bezels along its sides. There is certainly some tough competition out there, but the LG G6 certainly holds its own in most departments, and is priced a touch more reasonably as well. It’s still one of the best LG phones you can buy.

Get the LG G6 for just $400

 

Best mid-range phone: LG Q6

LG Q6

 

The LG Q6 is basically a smaller and cheaper version of one of the higher end LG G6. Like that phone, the LG Q6 also has a FullVision display, with a screen ratio of 18:9, which should make it great for watching videos. The display itself measures 5.5 inches and has a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 with a pixel density of 442 ppi. The phone also has rounded corners on both the screen and the body, which is made of tough 7,000 series aluminum. The display also has a minimal amount of bezels.

Inside, the LG Q6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, and comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. It has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage, along with a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP wide angle front-facing camera. That camera also supports facial recognition, in case you want an alternative method to unlock the phone. It also comes with a 3,000 mAh battery. Owners can expect to see LG’s own LG UX 6.0 on top of the standard Android UI. The phone will be available in several colors, including astro black, ice platinum, mystic white, and terra gold.

In addition to the standard LG Q6, the company is offering two variants, both of which share its dimensions and nearly all of its hardware and software specs. The only differences are in RAM and storage numbers. The LG Q6a cuts those specs down to 2 GB of RAM and just 16 GB of storage, while the LG Q6 Plus (Q6+) boosts those numbers to 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The LG Q6 recently launched in India for the price of INR 14,990 ($235). The LG Q6 is now available on Amazon in the U.S., as part of its Prime members program, for $230.

Specs

LG Q6a

  • Display: 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2,160 x 1,080) | 442ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Rear Camera: 13 MP
  • Front Camera: 5 MP | 100-degree wide-angle
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 149 g

LG Q6

  • Display: 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2,160 x 1,080) | 442ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Rear Camera: 13 MP
  • Front Camera: 5 MP | 100-degree wide-angle
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 149 g

LG Q6 Plus

  • Display: 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2,160 x 1,080) | 442ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Rear Camera: 13 MP
  • Front Camera: 5 MP | 100-degree wide-angle
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 149 g

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Honorable mention: LG X Mach

There isn’t much in the way of real mid-ranger LG phones, except for the LG X Mach. This is a solid phone on paper, but is essentially a re-dressed LG G4. A lot of the specifications are the same, with the X Mach also featuring a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a Quad HD resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor backed by 3 GB of RAM, and a 3,000 mAh battery. There are some borrowed design elements as well, like the rear button layout. The X Mach is only available officially in a handful of European markets, making the LG G4 much easier to get.

LG X Mach


Best cheap LG phones: LG Stylo 3 series

LG Stylo 3 series

When it comes to LG phones, the Stylo 3 certainly sticks out. The LG Stylo 3 is the way to go if you the like the availability of a stylus with your smartphone but don’t want to pay the premium that the Galaxy Note series demands. The Stylo 3 is a great alternative that is very affordable, and while the stylus may not be as packed with features as the S-Pen, it still proves to be very handy. Depending on your market, or the network carrier, there are a few different versions of the LG Stylo 3 available.

All versions of these LG phones in the U.S. are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, and feature a MediaTek processor in some other markets, and all of them come with 5.7-inch displays. The Stylo 3 that is available from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile features an HD display, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage that is further expandable, and a 3,200 mAh battery.

The T-Mobile version, called the Stylo 3 Plus, also comes with 2 GB of RAM, but has 32 GB of built-in storage and a Full HD display, but a smaller 3,080 mAh battery. Finally, the international version, also called the Stylus 3, retains the same specs as the regular version, but comes with 3 GB of RAM instead.

Despite the differences in specs, what stays the same is the affordability of the device. It is available from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile for just $150, while the Stylo 3 Plus from T-Mobile will set you back $225. It’s a unique part of the LG phones family.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 720 resolution (Regular) or 1,920 x 1,080 resolution (Plus)
  • 1.4 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM (all US models)), 3 GB RAM (International)
  • 16 GB built-in storage (Regular), 32 GB storage (Plus), further expandable via microSD card up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing shooter (all models)
  • 3,200 mAh battery (Regular), 3,080 mAh unit (Plus)
  • Android 7.0 Nougat (all models)
  • 155.6 x 79.8 x 7.4 mm, 149 grams (Regular)
  • 155.7 x 79.8 x 7.4 mm, 150 grams (Plus)

Honorable mentions:

As mentioned, there are a lot of very robust entry-level LG smartphones that fall in the affordable category. With varying specifications and features, there are good options for everyone. If you don’t want a stylus or aren’t looking for the big screen smartphone experience that is available with the LG Stylo 3 series, some good alternatives include:

LG K20 V / Harmony

The K20 V is an affordable LG phone that is exclusive to Verizon Wireless. Key specifications include 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with HD resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter, a 2,800 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat on-board. There is also a version of the device available from Cricket Wireless that features mostly the same specs, but the RAM is down to 1.5 GB.

Get the K20 V for $168 / Get LG Harmony for $100

LG K20 V / Harmony

LG X Venture

The LG X Venture is a great, affordable, rugged option for those interested in LG smartphones. It is available on AT&T, where it comes with a MIL STD-810G certification for impact protection and IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. Key specs include a 5.2-inch Full HD display that features Glove Mode, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage, a 16 MP rear camera, and 5 MP front-facing shooter, a large 4,100 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

Get the LG X Venture for $329.99

LG X Venture

 

 


Best ultra low-cost LG phones

LG K3 2017 cheap android phone

There are also a few options for LG phones available in the ultra low-cost category, with price points below $60. Given the price point, it’s no surprise that these devices are quite underpowered. With the K3 and Fortune, you get specs that include a display with a resolution of 854 x 480, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, and a 2,500 mAh battery. If you want something a bit better while still paying as little as possible, you’ll want to pay the few extra bucks for the LG K8 or LG Aristo.

  • LG K3 2017 – The LG K3 2017 is available from US Cellular for just $19.99. The LG phone comes with a 4.5-inch display, a 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front-facing shooter, and the rest of specs are the same as what is mentioned above.
  • LG Fortune – The LG Fortune is available from Cricket Wireless, priced at $49.99. The LG phone comes with a 5-inch display, a 5 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter, and the rest of the specs are the same as what is mentioned above. The LG Fortune is also available from AT&T with the moniker Phoenix 3, but that is a surprisingly expensive $79.99 which isn’t worth it.
  • LG K8 2017 / Aristo – The K8 2017 (available from US Cellular), also known as the Aristo (available from MetroPCS and T-Mobile), features a 5-inch display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter, a 2,500 mAh battery, and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. You’ll find the handset for around $50 from both carriers.

So there you have it for this roundup of some of the best LG smartphones you can buy right now! Any we missed? Let us know down in the comments.

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