LG Q7 Review: A Step in the Right Direction?

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By Oluwatoyosi Alajoke Ogunsola


My take on LG Q7


The LG Q7 is an affordable luxury. It is affordable yet manages to include some of the specifications of pricey devices. Asides from the struggling battery life and limited collection of sensors, it is a clear win for anyone looking for affordable effectiveness.



  • Waterproof
  • Excellent audio function
  • Great AI-camera function


  • Below par battery life

LG Q7: At First Glance

LG seems to have designed this device without any special features. Unlike their usual approach of giving users something to look forward to, they seem to take a different approach with this.

With the LG Q7, they’ve featured a little improvement from the LG Q6 and some of the older smartphones in the LG Q series. Aside from the obvious difference in display size, you’ll find that the rear fingerprint sensor has been added as well.

The smartphone has a 5.5-inch display screen in a stylish package. Moreover, LG designed Q7 to be both water and dust-resistant.

Will these new features be enough to entice you? Only one way to find out – read on!

LG Q7: Design, Dimension & Weight

Right from the first encounter, the LG Q7 makes quite an impression of being functional rather than that aesthetic. Anyone who believes devices should be designed this way will be thoroughly impressed.

Interestingly, the LG Q7 appears similar to the LG Q6. Everything appears similar aside from the larger display screen, aspect ratio, and the back reflective surface of the LG Q7.

Fortunately for users who have lost a device to dust or water exposure, the LG Q7 is IP68 compliant. This means it can withstand dust and water when submerged into a body of water of a depth of 1.5 m for at least 30 minutes.

As regards measurement, the LG Q7 measures 143.8 x 69.3 x 8.4 mm. These dimensions are quite similar to the LG G7 ThinQ.

While their dimensions are similar, the LG G7 ThinQ is heavier than the LG Q7. While the LG G7 ThinQ weighs 162 g, the LG Q7 weighs 145 g.

With the weight of the device, the LG Q7 is relatively lightweight. In addition to its lightweight, with the structure being really smooth to feel, it all translates into it being easy to hold and carry about.

At the top of the smartphone’s display, arranged after each other you’ll find both the front camera and earpiece. This position is a good choice as it ensures you can easily reach them, hence improving the device’s functionality.

At the back of the device, you’ll find the rear fingerprint scanner just below the rear camera. Below the rear camera, you’ll also find the custom LG branding and a Q7 branding.

On the left side of the device, you’ll find the volume rocker and the power button on the right side. The bottom of the smartphone houses the USB C charging port and a headphone jack.

In conclusion, the design of the LG Q7 is functional. Hence, it scores an eight in this design review section.

LG Q7: Display Features

The LG Q7 features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display. This display offers an HD resolution of 2160 x 1080.

The display quality of the LG Q7 is fair. It may not be the best amongst the LG Q series but it certainly gets the job done.

This was clear while I streamed the MET Gala. The various outfits’ styles and colors were clear and distinct enough.

However, I noticed that I kept having a problem with the make-up and sharpness of faces. Initially, I thought it was a problem with the movie.

However, I soon realized that it was the image quality and lack of sharpness of the LG Q7. Asides from this lack of facial detail, the images appeared quite clear.

The LG Q7 scored 431 bits when its brightness was tested which is above the 425 bits average for smartphones. Its brightness level is just about the same level as the Acer E1-431.

The color accuracy of the LG Q7 appears excellent asides from the dark gray and black tines that look too dark. Furthermore, the viewing angles are also great.

In conclusion, the LG Q7 scores an eight in this display review for its good display.

LG Q7: Camera Features

The LG Q7 features a 16 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera.

It is clear that LG did pay attention to the design of this camera. This is because both the rear and front-facing cameras produce great images.

The 16 MP rear camera produces quite impressive images. It has a wide-angle that produces excellent group photographs.

With the camera’s wide-angle feature, users can enjoy giving a viewer a real-life feel to their photos. This feature allows the camera gets close to the image while including elements in the background.

In addition to that, via AI-powered software, the rear camera is able to alter shooting modes to produce the best images. It also helps portray the rich and saturated colors of your device.

Additionally, this camera features a low light mode that allows users to get bright images even in low lights. It is essentially the needed support for clearer images.

Interestingly, the front-facing camera is equally as good. It features AI software that beautifies your face for clear selfies.

In addition to this, it has auto, gesture, and interval shot functions.

These functions allow you to take selfies automatically, with a simple hand gesture and in sequence by making a fist twice. This front-facing camera also allows you to tweak colors and exposure to create much more colorful images, even in low-light exposures.

Unfortunately, if you do not use this feature carefully, it can create overly bright and soft images.

Nonetheless, both cameras perform excellently well and you only have to use them with a little care. Consequently, the LG Q7 Supra scores an eight in this camera review.

LG Q7: Battery Life and Talk Time

The LG Q7 has a 3000 mAh non-removable battery.

The battery life of this device is a little below average. This is evident from the video playback battery test

For the test, a video was streamed continuously on the LG Q7. The battery lasted for only about 6 hours, 28 minutes.

However, for extended usage, the device features strong power-saving modes. This mode kills apps running in the background to save battery life.

Interestingly, I found the LG Q7 to conserve power greatly. However, when the device is not in use, it manages to kill background apps and conserve the battery.

Compared to its competitors, the LG Q7 performed really well in idle mode. It draws only a little amount of power.

Additionally, the LG Q7 has a fast-charging feature. This means users can charge their device up to 60% in only a little over 60 minutes.

Unfortunately, LG Q7 does not support wireless charging.

Finally, the battery performance of the LG Q7 is just about average. If you keep usage within reasonable limits, you can enjoy a longer battery life.

Therefore, based on all the above, I will rate the LG Q7 a seven in this battery review section.

LG Q7: Storage Options & Performance

The LG Q7 has 64 GB of internal storage.

While the phone’s Operating System uses some of the 64 GB storage, you still get about 44.1 GB available to store videos and photos.

Considering that this device takes really great pictures, this available storage is low. This means you’ll be able to store very little on your device.

However, if you require a large storage option, there is also an option of expanding the storage capacity via the microSD card. You can expand the storage up to 2 TB via the microSD card.

However, you can only use the microSD card to store photos, music, and other files. It is not possible to reformat the card as internal storage, nor can the user store apps there.

All these considered I will rate the LG Q7 a seven in this storage review section.

LG Q7: Security Features & Sensors

The ease of usage of Modern-day smartphones is a result of sensors. Manufacturers fit Smartphones with a number of sensors to improve users’ experience.

Furthermore, the sensors work to detect and communicate changes in the environment to the device. Whether affordable or expensive, devices need sensors to function effectively.

The LG Q7 is no exception to this as it features a range of sensors.

Wonder how your device can switch between portrait and landscape modes? The accelerometer makes this possible by enabling the smartphone to automatically detect changes in orientation.

The good news is that LG Q7 has an accelerometer, so it automatically switches from portrait to landscape to give you a great experience.

Additionally, the LG Q7 comes with an ambient light sensor. This sensor helps the device automatically regulate the smartphone’s display brightness.

Moreover, the LG Q7 has a fingerprint and proximity sensor.

The proximity sensor helps the smartphone conserve battery and limit activities on the display screen while a phone call is being answered. It does this by communicating that the device has been brought close to the user’s face.

As I mentioned in the design section of this article, the fingerprint sensor is behind the device, just above the LG and Q7 branding. You can use the fingerprint sensor to unlock the device without requiring a PIN.

In addition to unlocking the device, some applications also use the fingerprint sensor for authorization. Not only that, you can also use this versatile sensor to authorize payments.

Overall, the LG Q7 scores a seven in this review for its sensor selection.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When was the LG Q7 released?

LG Q7 was released in the second quarter of 2018, specifically in May. It comes shortly after the release of the LG Q6 in 2017 as a follow-up device.

2. Is the LG Q7 waterproof?

Yes, LG Q7 is a waterproof device. It has an IP68 Dust & Water Resistant certification that not only guarantees durability but ensures that allows it to be immersed in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes.

3. Does the LG Q7 have fast charging?

The LG Q7 has a fast charge feature to support its battery life and extended usage. This fast charging feature ensures that users can charge their smartphones up to 50% in only a few minutes.

4. What type of charger does the LG Q7 use?

The LG Q7 uses a Type C charger. This type C charger is reversible and easier to turn in.

5. Does the LG Q7 have screen mirroring?

Yes, the LG Q7 has a screen mirroring feature. Via the screen mirroring connection, you can display the screen of your phone on a TV screen allowing you to enjoy a better display.


The LG Q7 retains the affordability of the LG Q series. It does this while still managing to include a form of efficiency into its operations.

The LG Q7’s lightweight and plastic feel reminds you of the affordability of the device. Yet, the LG Q7 because of its specs still gives the impression of a premium smartphone.

It is clear that this LG Q7 offers some really impressive features like sound quality, good display, aesthetic design, impressive camera quality, and expandable storage. It is the best choice for individuals looking for a strong multimedia device.

Despite the poor battery life, it makes up for this with the fast charging feature. If you need a backup device that has a great design and doesn’t need much to maintain, then this device is just perfect for you.

On the other hand, if battery life is a strong determinant for you, this may not be the best choice for you. Asides from this flaw, the LG Q7 sure gives a fair combination of specs at an affordable price.

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About the Author

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Oluwatoyosi Alajoke Ogunsola

Oluwatoyosi Ogunsola is a technical writer at www.itechguides.com. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Consumer Sciences from the Obafemi Awolowo University. She aims to produce simple yet informative pieces. Aside from tech writing, she enjoys nutrition education, UX design, and photography. Toyosi writes reviews, buying guides, and best pick articles for www.itechguides.com

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