While it’s true that LG phones aren’t always the most mind-blowing premium handsets, that’s not why you buy them. Instead, they’re reliable and (usually) affordable smartphones that have some pretty unique features thrown in too.
The company was once a lot more popular, but that doesn’t mean its phones have got worse. If you don’t market your phones, you might not sell many, LG! But if you’re reading this then be assured that there are plenty of decent – and often cut price – LG smartphones.
If you need a pretty ‘standard’ smartphone for everyday use, then LG phones might be the best bet for you, but some of them also have interesting features.
Thanks to the hand gesture control and vein scanning tech in the LG G8 ThinQ, or the LG V50 ThinQ’s dual-screen option and 5G connectivity, LG phones have something for people who want a handset that’s a little different.
If you’re looking for a new phone and have set your sights on LG, then these are the best phones it sells right now, and we’ll run you through what makes them stand out from the crowd.
It’s worth bearing in mind that we expect the LG G9 ThinQ and LG V60 ThinQ to be announced in 2020, so if you want LG’s best for this year then you might want to wait.
The best LG phones 2020 at a glance:
- LG G7 ThinQ
- LG V40 ThinQ
- LG G8 ThinQ
- LG V50 ThinQ 5G
- LG G8X ThinQ
- LG V35 ThinQ
- LG Stylo 4
- LG Q7+
The best LG phones
1. LG G7 ThinQ
LG flagship quality with a bit of value
Release date: Q2 2018 | Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android 8.0 Oreo | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: Dual 16MP | Front camera: 8MP
Big, bright display
The LG G7 ThinQ is the latest in one of LG’s two flagship phone lines (the other being the V series). Although it has effectively been succeeded by the LG V40, the G7’s lower price and high-end specs help it win out.
The phone packs a powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset, giving it about as much horsepower as you could need. With 6.1 inches of high-resolution OLED display, it’s definitely pretty where it counts and gets extra bright, helping visibility in direct sunlight. It’s all rounded out by an glass front and back with a notched display; Overall, the design is uninspired, but serviceable.
While LG’s AI features are neat in theory, it’s really the flexibility offered by the wide-angle camera on the back that helps the device stand out. On the media side, the LG G7 has surprisingly powerful speakers if you like to listen to music or podcasts directly from your smartphone.
Read our hands-on review: LG G7 ThinQ review
2. LG V40 ThinQ
As premium as LG currently goes
Release date: Q3 2018 | Weight: 169g | Dimensions: 158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 8MP + 5MP
Light yet solid build
The LG V40 ThinQ is to the G7 what the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is to the Galaxy S9: a similar yet bigger and slightly higher-spec sibling. The V40 has a 6.4-inch OLED display that’s both sharp and ready to display HDR10 content. On top of that, the phone features a versatile five-camera system with three on the rear and two on the front, even adding in HDR10 video recording.
Unsurprisingly, the LG V40 also runs on a Snapdragon 845 chipset, but comes with 6BG of RAM by default. The notched display is another feature it shares with the LG G7.
Audiophiles can enjoy the 32-Bit Quad DAC built in and the support for DTS:X surround sound. If you’re adventurous, the phone’s IP68 rating against water and dust along with its MIL-STD-810G shock resistance are reassuring, so you don’t have to worry as much about damaging your investment while out and about.
Read our hands-on review: LG V40 ThinQ review
3. LG G8 ThinQ
LG’s smartphone with air gestures and Hand ID
Release date: April 2019 | Weight: 167g | Dimensions: 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 16MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Hole-less vibrating top speaker
Vibrant OLED screen
Hand ID tech is done in vein
The LG G8 ThinQ was LG’s attempt at a ‘futuristic’ phone – it has Hand ID that scans the veins in your hand to open the phone, and gestures that let you navigate the device just by waving your hand through the air above the phone.
Not all of these work perfectly though, and so the LG G8 ThinQ doesn’t exactly fill all its promises.
But the handset still has some great features, like a cutting-edge chipset and a vibrating screen that functions as a speaker, so you can do a lot worse than it.
Read our full review: LG G8 ThinQ
4. LG V50 ThinQ 5G
Release date: May 2019 | Weight: 183g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 8MP + 5MP
Bright, sharp display
Variety of cameras
LG’s first 5G phone, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, is… well… it’s the LV V40, but with 5G connection, really. There are a few spec upgrades here and there, and it’s got all the dual-screen functionality that the previous phone had, but it’s definitely a very similar device.
So why is the LG V50 ThinQ 5G lower on this list than the V40? That’s because it’s being sold at a much higher price, which makes recommending it a tricky affair. It’s even more expensive than certain 5G phones, when it perhaps doesn’t justify it.
Saying that, it’s still an impressive device in a few ways, especially if you’re a fan of the dual-screen set-up, so it’ll be a useful device for certain people. And if you’re an LG fan who needs 5G connection, it’s your only option.
Read our full review: LG V50 ThinQ 5G
5. LG G8X ThinQ
An affordable dual screen option
Release date: November 2019 | Weight: 192g | Dimensions: 159.3 x 75.8 x 8.4 mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 13MP | Front camera: 32MP
A decent price for two screens
Great gaming features
Few useful multi-screen uses
Very bulky screen case
The LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen (what a mouthful) offers the advantages of a foldable design at a normal smartphone price. But unlike the actual folding displays of the Samsung Galaxy Fold or Motorola Razr, the G8 is a normal smartphone that ships with a clip-on second screen case.
This means it’s best for viewing two apps side by side, or turning the unit landscape to use as a controlpad for mobile gaming.
It’s not a smartphone design that many people are crying out for and it is quite niche, but with a Snapdragon 855 and double the screens, for the price the G8X might be the LG phone for you.
Read our full LG G8X ThinQ review.
6. LG V35 ThinQ
Just a small step down from the V40
Release date: Q2 2018 | Weight: 157g | Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android 8.0 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 13MP | Front camera: 8MP
Snapdragon 845 and 6GB of RAM
Crisp OLED display
A bit dated but still pricey
LG’s V35 ThinQ may seem like it’s on its way out (and it is), but it’s not all that old yet. The phone still has 2018’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, which has the potential the keep up with the demands of most smartphone users for the next couple years. And, that’s perhaps why the LG V35 still costs a bit more than we’d like to see.
Its design is bland, with no all-screen display, notch, or anything like that. But it does have a large, 6-inch OLED display. The phone’s rear camera system includes a wide-angle lens on one sensor, and it has 4K HDR video recording capabilities.
While it may not be the most exciting phone, it still has life in its internals, so if you can find a good discount going on, it may be worth your while.
Read our hands-on review: LG V35 ThinQ review
7. LG Stylo 4
Big screen at a fair budget
Release date: Q3 2018 | Dimensions: 160 x 77.7 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 450 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Less than half the price of a flagship
Large, sharp screen
Limited internal storage
A mid-tier phone doesn’t have to be a bad phone, and that’s clear with the LG Stylo 4. While we haven’t had a chance to review it, it has a lot going for it at its price. The phone packs a large 6.2-inch display with a FHD+ resolution, though it’s not an OLED display. Still, the screen works with LG’s active stylus, making it something of a budget Galaxy Note.
It comes running Android 8.1 on a Snapdragon 450 chipset with 3GB of RAM, so it should offer decent performance for everything outside of gaming and heavy multi-tasking.
Aside from the stylus and large screen, there’s not all the much to truly get excited about. But it beats going with a three-year-old flagship running a three-year-old operating system just to save some money.
8. LG Q7+
Style and substance at a good price
Release date: Q3 2018 | Weight: 145g | Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.3 x 8.4 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP
Good mid-range specs
Limited carrier choice
The LG Q7+ is an upgraded version of the LG Q7 (itself a minor upgrade from the Q6), and is a decent phone at a good value. The immediate catch is that it’s not the best phone for every carrier (though there is a special edition that comes unlocked). That said, if you’re on T-Mobile or Metro, it’s a great mid-budget option.
The Q7+ offers a 5.5-inch display with a FHD+ resolution. It may not be OLED, but it also doesn’t have the thickest bezels you’ll find on a cheap phone. But the Q7+ makes up for its so-so looks with its internals.
The phone’s Snapdragon 450 chipset inside is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It runs Android 8.1 out of the box, so it won’t feel overly dated anytime soon (LG hasn’t announced when the Q7+ will get the latest, Android 9 Pie). It even gets an aluminum frame and an IP68 rating, so you don’t have to worry about a bit of rain killing this phone. If you don’t want to spend a lot, this is definitely one to look at.