LG G7 One hands-on preview: LG's first Android One phone is fast and looks good

LG G7 One hands-on preview: LG's first Android One phone is fast and looks good

LG has just unveiled two new phones to complement its flagship and they are both cheaper and slightly less powerful: the LG G7 One is based on Android One, Google's program to fast-track Android updates and ensure you get a clean, stock Android experience, and the LG G7 Fit is even more affordable and runs the much older Snapdragon 821 chip.

We got to spend some time with both phones at IFA 2018 and the LG G7 One in particular stood out: it turns out that having a pure Android experience instead of the LG skin is actually not bad at all and the device has a very nice design with a back cover that feels smooth and polished, and reminds us of the feeling you get from the touchpad on a Macbook.

Before we get into more detail, though, let's quickly go over the the LG G7 One...

Key Highlights:

  • 6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches (153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm), 156g weight
  • 6.1-inch LCD display with Quad HD+ resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4GB RAM
  • 32GB storage + microSD
  • 16MP f/1.6 single rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • IP68 water protection

So here's the quick specs breakdown: you have last year's Snapdragon 835 on board with 4 gigs of RAM, which sounds a lot like an upper mid-range phone these days. The bigger compromise is that the G7 One only comes with 32 gigs of on-board storage, a number that will likely start bothering you after a couple of months when you fill up the phone with music, photos and videos. Thankfully, there is a microSD card support, so we recommend that you get one for this phone.

Software: LG's first Android One phone

But here is what is great about the G7 One: its software. We have pure Android 8.1 Oreo on board and only the apps that you need are pre-loaded, so you don't have to deal with bloatware. And without a heavy skin, the Android experience here is smooth and speedy. On the left side of the phone is an extra physical button that you tap to quickly open Google Assistant and we're thankful LG does not force an inferior voice assistant of its own on us.

One thing missing on the G7 One, however, is the dual camera from the flagship G7. You only have a single rear camera on this phone, so no super wide-angle shots are possible. The camera is a 16-megapixel one and the app comes with built-in Google Lens support, the service that allows you to point the camera at an object and you get useful information about this object. Google Lens still doesn't quite feel like a useful feature in our experience, as even with the provided demos by LG, it often took a couple of attempts to recognize some of the world's most iconic buildings.

Amplified Audio

What this G7 One shares with the original G7 is the audio experience. The large, all-screen sound chamber on the G7 is here on the G7 One as well, so you get a very powerful sound IF you place the phone on a flat surface that can vibrate and resonate with the sound waves. And yes, you still have a headphone jack and a 32-bit HiFi DAC for audio enthusiasts.

Final words

Overall, the LG G7 One, despite cutting some corners, is a device that we enjoyed using. It's speedy, it has a stylish design, it's well built and the interface is clean of bloatware. LG does not give any price or availability details just yet, but those will be coming soon.

So... how do you like LG's first Android One phone? Do you prefer it over the LG G7? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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G7 One
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. Diego!

Posts: 874; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Why did they go with Qualcomm 821? That was the chip with overheating issues. OMG... LG you could have used Qualcomm 835 instead.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nope, that's the SD810 (and some batch of SD820) Most likely because it's cheaper, but they could use SD660/SD710 which just as fast as (and more efficient than) flagships from 2 years ago

16. Loveneesh

Posts: 439; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Well, SD 660/670 /710 are definitely better than SD 821 in terms of efficiency but they have a much inferior gpu compared to SD 821. And as a gamer I prefer a better gpu in Soc.

3. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

It's an SD835

4. SyCo87

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

They're talking about two phones bro...

20. Cat97

Posts: 1895; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

RTF Title...

5. obedchuni

Posts: 335; Member since: Jun 16, 2014


6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Of course it support.. Some SD821 equipped devices from 2016 already got Oreo. And even some low-end from 2016 got oreo and will get Pie too.. (or already got Pie, if we talk about Lineage)

13. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Which low end from 2016 got Pie before the Pixel 3 release

7. jiosx

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

I would have bought one of these phone variations if not because of the low battery. C'mon. 3000mAH is so 2015.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2595; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Probably the device from IFA that interests me the most. Price is obviously super important, but stock android is a big plus for me.

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Price point will decide this phones future. It's facing heavy competition but a good price could help it against others big time.

10. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I don't really get the obsession for stock Android? If it's timely updates then yes, updates are good but not a necessity. Android has already matured to a point that newer Android versions are an incremental upgrade. Can someone explain?

11. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I prefer skinned Android tho, since it got many features than the stock does. I don't really care about updates but no updates for too long kinda get me nervous. Maybe some people prefer stock cause the experience will much smoother and lesser/no pre loaded app?

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2595; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I like stock because it has fewer layers that get in my way. Mostly features that I just don't use. Stock will come with far fewer apps loaded, and no doubles of apps. Having more than one browser, email app, gallery, etc... Because of the fewer extras on top, the phone performs faster and feels snappier. I place a higher emphasis on that performance than on extra features that I don't want anyway. Stock lets me build the device up the way I like it software wise, rather than having the OEM make those decisions for me.

17. Sagemode87

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

I've never understood the obsession with stock either. Can you give me an example of what would get in your way? Not trying to be funny, but I don't get it as I have a Note 8 and never felt any software was intrusive. I have Samsung health on my phone, never use it, but it doesn't get in the way of the experience whatsoever. There's 2 calenders but once I set the default app, I don't have to worry about it. Same goes for any duplicate app.

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2595; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Sure. I also have a Note 8 (along with an Essential Phone). A few of the items that irk me: - Needing to use 2 app stores - Larger and more complex Settings menu which makes it harder to find what you look for - Way more installed apps. They can be ignore but will still take up space and not all can be disabled - Knox is cumbersome to use - Superfluous assistant (Bixby and Google Assistant) - 2 mobile payment systems installed by default Samsung has absolutely gotten better at de-cluttering the interface, but it still feels packed. And the result is a less snappy and responsive user experience.

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Wow a lot of you are complaining about the Sd821 and 835 even though you losers wouldn't be able to tell the difference between those two and the 845...if this was a Samsung and Huawei phone you'd be singing a different tune. Do you cry when you buy a car that has the same engine from a couple years ago?

15. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Seriously, I never get why people get offended as soon as they see last years chipset. Like c’mon last years chipset is also capable of handling intensive tasks.

19. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 191; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

If LG price it right, they could be in to a winner with this.

21. odachek

Posts: 123; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Love is over....for 3000mAh batteries...sorry.

22. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Looks good and all, but can its bootloader be unlocked? Android One doesn't seem to make that mandatory.

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