- Analysis by KJ David
The LG Q7 is a semi-high-end 2018 smartphone that does not quite hit the mark with its eight-core 1.8GHz (or 1.5GHz, depending on which variant you go for) processor , since many truly-high-end eight-core smartphones clock in at no less than 2GHz -- some even peak at 2.8GHz. We also hoped for something more than an 8- or 5-megapixel selfie camera , knowing that a few competing models with tantamount pros and cons rock 13-megapixel frontal cams. The 100-degree camera angle , which is only offered by the 5-megapixel version, sounds like a slight consolation, though, if only because it was not a standard facet among middle-class smartphones as we were writing this technical review.
Despite its middling processor, the Q7 passes 2018 middle-class yardsticks with its 3GB RAM count, which goes up to 4GB for the fittingly-named Q7+ variant . Multimedia junkies could also be drawn to its 2TB maximum external memory allowance -- the highest top-up storage capacity on the market when it came out. As for its native memory, the Q7+ comes with a robust 64GB capacity , while the plain Q7 and the Q7α stick to only 32GB.
Its technical specs also include a couple of rugged certifications, namely, IP68 for dust- and waterproofing and MIL-STD 810G for native resistance to things like extreme temperatures and salt fog, the latter being relatively rare, at least in the world of mid-level smartphones. By the way, feel free to discover some of the best waterproof smartphones here.
Up front, the Q7 features a 5.5-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) FullVision IPS display with an 18:9 aspect ratio , which it probably lifted right off the playbooks of some of the best phablets out there. It also features a 16-megapixel camera (13-megapixel for Q7 and Q7α) that delivers the AI-aided QLens imaging-recognition tool , letting users learn more information about certain objects or places by snapping a quick photo of them.
The Q7 is equipped with DTS:X 3D Surround Sound that tries to make it more fit for audiophiles versus mid-enders with conventional audio systems. It also comes with the combination of a physical fingerprint sensor and facial recognition and it feeds off a tolerable 3000mAh battery with Qualcomm's Fast Charge technology.
All said, the LG Q7's pros and cons might not earn it a high-end shelf spot, but it sounds like a decent choice for multimedia junkies in search of a not-too-ambitious Android.
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