Like LG phones, but hate the software? Good news, because LG is getting on the Android One bandwagon with a version of the LG G7 stripped right back to the basics.
In fact, you could argue that LG has stripped things a little too far back, as the processor is now 2017’s Snapdragon 835 rather than the 845 found in the G7, and one of the lenses from the dual-camera array is missing. Just the 16-megapixel f/1.6 rear camera here.
Other than that though, it all looks quite familiar. A 6.1-inch 1440p notched handset which still finds room for the 3.5mm headphone jack. And while the processor has been downgraded a touch, this is still an unusually well-specced phone for Google’s Android One program with 4GB RAM keeping things running along, and a decent 32GB of storage. There is no room for a microSD card, mind.
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The main appeal, of course, is that this is a pure Android 8.1 experience thanks to Android One. There’s no LG software, no additional bloatware and no skin over the top. While Android One phones tend to be aimed at giving low-spec phones a smoother experience, there’s no reason a near-flagship like this shouldn’t benefit from a lighter OS too.
More intriguingly, LG says the G7 One will launch at an “exceptional price”. That sounds promising, but take it with a pinch of salt for now: your idea of an exceptional price will likely be very different to LG’s stakeholders.
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LG also has another phone up its sleeve: the G7 Fit, which is “designed to bridge the gap between mid-range and flagship models.” This one isn’t part of the Android One programme and will feature LG software, along with the Snapdragon 821 processor last seen powering the original Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T.
Both the LG G7 One and G7 Fit will be being demoed this week at IFA 2018. First impressions will follow when we’re on the ground in Berlin.
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