The newest member of the Q series family, the LG Q7, was announced on May 21st in Seoul. The smartphone offers premium features that are normally found in the more expensive LG smartphones.
The LG Q7 has already garnered excitement thanks to the legacy its predecessor, the LG Q6, left. Debuting last year, the Q6 was a budget smartphone offering premium features and was first in its class to sport a 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision 18:9 aspect ratio display.
Honoring that legacy, the Q7 and its other two variants (the Q7+ and the Q7α) bring spectacular features, providing stronger visual (Portrait Mode, QLens) and audio features (Hi-Fi quality audio, DTS:X Surround Sound).
For audiophiles, the presence of DTS:X 3D Surround Sound on LG Q7 is a welcome addition. The technology delivers virtual 3D surround sound, up to 7.1 channel audio through headphones to enjoy videos, movies, or music while on the move. Plus, for the first time on a mid-range phone, LG added a Hi-Fi Quad DAC. The digital-to-analog converter enriches the audio experience, canceling out distortion when paired with high-quality earphones.
When it comes to the cameras, the Q7+ model has a 16MP rear camera. The cameras on the Q7 and Q7α are 13MP sensors. The selfie shooter on the front is a 5MP sensor.
For the first time in the Q series, LG included Portrait Mode, capable of capturing portraits with blurred backgrounds, and QLens. Inspired by the AI features on LG G7 ThinQ, the QLens allows phones to recognize objects and items, a feature that is extremely useful for retail, adds LG in a press release:
“Capture any item with QLens and get information on where to buy the product online as well as recommendations of similar items. QLens can also perform an image search to see matching or similar images of food, clothing, celebrities or landmarks such as buildings and statues.”
Additionally, the phone is water and dust resistant. It passed 14 of the MIL-STD 810G tests designed by the United States military in order to evaluate the performance of technical equipment in harsh environments.
All three variants are powered by a chipset with an octa-core processor (1.8 GHz or 1.5 GHz). The Q7 has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, while the other two have 3GB of RAM with 32 GB of internal storage. All three are equipped with microSD slots so users can upgrade their storage at any time.
The 3,000 mAh battery can be recharged up to 50% in half an hour (over USB-C) thanks to Qualcomm Fast Charge.
The trio will be shipped to Europe next month, followed by releases in the Americas and Asia. There are three color variants for LG Q7 and Q7+ (Aurora Black / Moroccan Blue / Lavender Violet) with LG Q7α hitting shelves just in Moroccan Blue.
While the price is still a mystery, last year’s Q6 retailed for only $300! Hopefully this means that the Q7 will be in the same price range.