“As compared to the OnePlus 6, the G7+ ThinQ comes with MIL-STD 810G compliance, and IP68 certification”

Earlier this year, before the G7 was launched, LG Electronics’ Vice Chairman Cho Sung-jin said at the CES Las Vegas that the brand will now be launching smartphones when needed and not when the rival brands do. What this meant was that the brand will be spending more time on developing smartphones that count. Staying true to its promise, the brand today launched the LG G7+ ThinQ (first impressions) in India with an aggressive price tag of Rs 39,990. As you can guess, the smartphone is aiming to take the OnePlus 6 (review) head on. Naturally, we had to pit these smartphones against each other to see how well LG’s latest offering stacks up against the OnePlus 6. Stay with us to find out.

Design and display

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Both the G7+ ThinQ and OnePlus are premium-looking smartphones with glass-sandwich designs and Gorilla Glass 5’s layer on the front and rear panel. However, the LG handset has been designed to meet the requirements of the MIL-STD 810G compliance, making it resistant to humid environments, high-temperature settings among others. The smartphone is also IP68 certified for dust- and water resistance. The OnePlus 6 on the other hand, is being claimed as water resistant by the brand, and teardown videos have also revealed some sort of water-resistance, but it’s worth noting that the water damage is not covered in the warranty. The G7+ also gets a dedicated physical button to pull up Google Assistant on a single tap and the Google Lens feature on a double tap. While OnePlus’ offering misses out on this functionality, it does come with an alert slider, letting you switch profiles quickly. 

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As for the display, both smartphones come with a notch up top with the LG G7+ ThinQ sporting a 6.1-inch screen and OnePlus 6 featuring a 6.28-inch panel. However, LG’s phone gets an edge thanks to Quad HD+ display as compared to the full HD+ resolution on the OP6. That said, the former ships with an IPS panel, whereas latter’s display features an Optic AMOLED tech. Considering higher resolution might drain the battery faster, LG has thoughtfully given an option to scale down the resolution. Further, the display on G7+ can also achieve a brightness of up to 1000 nits and is HDR10 compliant.

Hardware and software

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In terms of the performance, both handsets are neck to neck. Both devices utilise the latest-and-greatest Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is an octa-core processor. While the LG G7+ ThinQ features 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, the OnePlus 6 is available in three options of 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage.Even though the OP6 is available in multiple configurations, it doesn’t offer an expandable storage, unlike the G7+.

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The software is where both smartphones are drastically different. The OnePlus boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based Oxygen OS out of the box and is also one of the very few smartphones to be a part of Android P Beta program. This means that the handset should get the Android P update ahead of many other brands in the market. The Oxygen OS is a near-stock version of the Android free of any kind of bloat with utilitarian tweaks and tricks added to it. The LG G7+ ThinQ on the other hand, comes with LG UX 7.0 on top of Android 8.0, and offers a custom skin with a number of features. Moreover, the Android updates for the smartphone will roll out at a slower pace when compared to OnePlus.

Cameras and battery

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Coming to the camera department, both the LG G7+ ThinQ and OnePlus 6 come with dual cameras at the back, though they differ in their implementation. The OnePlus 6 comes with a 16-megapixel f/1.7 shooter backed by a 20-megapixel secondary camera, which is meant to enable bokeh effects. In comparison, the G7+ ThinQ comes with a 16-megapixel f/1.6 snapper coupled with the 16MP wide-angle sensor to offer wide-angle mode. Additionally, LG’s phone offers AI features like scene detection and Super Bright mode. However, the OnePlus 6 comes out ahead in terms of selfies as it sports a 16-megapixel front camera as compared to an 8MP unit on the G7+ .

Lastly, the LG G7+ ThinQ comes with a smaller 3,000mAh battery, as compared to the 3,300mAh cell on the OnePlus 6.

Closing thoughts

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There are no two thoughts about it, the LG G7+ ThinQ does come packing enough to give a tough competition to the current segment-favourite OnePlus 6. The LG smartphone packs in a durable build, sharper display and versatile cameras, while the OP6 ships with a near-stock Android experience with the promise of Android P update as and when it rolls out. Prospective buyers also have the option to pick the 6GB RAM variant of the OnePlus handset, which is priced at Rs 34,999. Would you pick the LG G7+ ThinQ over the OnePlus 6? Let us know in the comments below.