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LG Q7 Plus Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Tanja Hinum-Balaz (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 08/02/2018

Camera AI "QLens." LG's top model in the Q7 line promises users upper mid-range performance, and the new device offers the QLens AI technology otherwise found in LG's premium smartphones. But what will buyers of the LG Q7 Plus really get for their 400 Euros (~$470)? Read our review to find out.

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LG Q6 Plus

LG's Q7 smartphone family currently has three members: the Q7a, the Q7 and the Q7 Plus. All the devices are equipped with a 5.5-inch display in 18:9 format and a resolution of 2160x1080 pixels. Unlike their external appearance, the three mid-range smartphones differ in their internal hardware features. Our test device, the Q7 Plus, offers the strongest performance in the Q7 family. A Mediatek MT6750 SoC and an ARM Mali T860 MP2 graphics unit form the foundation, joined by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of flash storage.

With this hardware configuration and a price of around 400 Euros (~$470), the LG Q7 Plus steps into the arena. In our review, we will compare the Q7 with similarly priced smartphones, including the Blackberry Motion, the Asus Zenfone 4, the BQ Aquaris X2 Pro and Nubia's Z17 mini.

LG Q7 Plus (Q Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 2:1, 2160 x 1080 pixel 439 PPI, capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 50 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm jack, Card Reader: microSD (up to 2TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass, gyroscope
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (900/1800), 3G WCDMA (B1/B2), LTE (B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B28, B38), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 143.8 x 69.3 ( = 0.33 x 5.66 x 2.73 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix QLens, PDAF, HDR, Low Light mode, autofocus
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix portrait mode
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers, Keyboard: onscreen, USB charger, USB Type-C cable, SIM ejector tool, 24 Months Warranty, IP68, SAR value (head): 0.357 W/kg, SAR value (body): 1.55 W/kg, fanless
Weight
145 g ( = 5.11 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 63 g ( = 2.22 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
400 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Smartphone with IP68 certification

LG houses the Q7 Plus in a metal case, coated with an acrylic-like glass finish on the back side. The fingerprint sensor and simple main camera are located on the back. The sides of the device are also made of metal and feature the physical buttons, which sit securely in their housing.

The whole case is IP68-certified, meaning it is dust-proof and waterproof. The MIL-STD 810G military standard should also ensure that the Q7 Plus is shock-resistant. Our test device scratched easily on the back side, though this does not influence its functionality. Apart from that, the LG smartphone is very robust and well-manufactured. When it comes to colors, potential buyers are limited to one option: "Moroccan Blue".

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LG Q7 Plus
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Size Comparison

Connectivity - Mid-range smartphone from LG

The Q7 Plus offers users mid-range hardware components. The Mediatek MT6750 SoC enables the system to run smoothly. This chip is supported by an ARM Mali T860 MP2 graphics unit, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC flash storage. A USB Type-C port serves as the connection for charging the device and transferring data according to the USB 2.0 standard. Because the smartphone is OTG capable, it can provide energy to external devices.

External speakers or a headset can be connected via Bluetooth 4.2 or the 3.5 mm jack. A slot on the left side of the smartphone is equipped to house a nanoSIM card and a microSD card. The latter can expand the available storage space by up to 2 TB. The user's data is protected by the LG Q7 Plus's fingerprint reader, located on the back of the device.

Left side: SD/SIM-card slot, volume rocker
Left side: SD/SIM-card slot, volume rocker
Top side: microphone
Top side: microphone
Right side: power button
Right side: power button
Bottom side: speaker, microphone, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm jack
Bottom side: speaker, microphone, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm jack

Software - Modern system with useful extras

Buyers of the LG Q7 Plus can expect a fairly "pure" Android 8.1 system with security patches dated from May 1, 2018. LG's customizations are primarily hidden in the background—for example in the structure of the settings menu. Here, users have direct access to the smartphone's various connections and can switch them on and off. This menu also gives easy access to LG's proprietary features such as "LG Air Drive", "DTS:X 3D" and "KnockOn".

LG was quite sparing when it comes to preinstalled apps, but the Amazon Assistant is present on start-up and can only be deactivated. All the other programs expand the smartphone's functionality with valuable and helpful tools.

Software LG Q7 Plus
Software LG Q7 Plus
Software LG Q7 Plus
Software LG Q7 Plus
Software LG Q7 Plus
Software LG Q7 Plus
Software LG Q7 Plus
 

Communication and GPS - LG Q7 Plus with mediocre WLAN performance

The LG smartphone can establish wireless connections on GSM, 3G and LTE networks. The latter supports LTE Cat. 6, which enables download rates of up to 300 Mb/s and upload speeds of up to 50 Mb/s. LG put a region lock on the Q7+, meaning a device purchased in Europe can only be used in the EU. Notably, the smartphone only supports dual GSM and two 3G bands.

The Q7 Plus can also establish WLAN connections on the 2.4 GHz band, though only according to the comparatively slow standards b, g and n. This is directly reflected in the results from our WLAN data transfer speed measurements. For a device in this price bracket, the LG Q7 Plus is very slow and performs more or less on par with a 120-Euro device (~$139). At a data transfer rate of just 55 Mb/s, our test device takes last place in the comparison list.

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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
BlackBerry Motion
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
345 MBit/s ∼100% +708%
Nubia Z17 mini
Adreno 510, 652 MSM8976, 128 GB eMMC Flash
341 MBit/s ∼99% +699%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
Adreno 508, 630, 64 GB eMMC Flash
334 MBit/s ∼97% +682%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
281 MBit/s ∼81% +558%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=306)
211 MBit/s ∼61% +394%
LG Q7 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750S, 64 GB eMMC Flash
42.7 MBit/s ∼12%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
346 MBit/s ∼100% +535%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
Adreno 508, 630, 64 GB eMMC Flash
329 MBit/s ∼95% +504%
Nubia Z17 mini
Adreno 510, 652 MSM8976, 128 GB eMMC Flash
233 MBit/s ∼67% +328%
BlackBerry Motion
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
230 MBit/s ∼66% +322%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=306)
206 MBit/s ∼60% +278%
LG Q7 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750S, 64 GB eMMC Flash
54.5 MBit/s ∼16%
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors

We used the GPS Test app to determine how accurately the LG Q7 Plus can position itself. The results show that even indoors, the smartphone can ascertain its position with an accuracy of up to four meters. Outdoors, the accuracy improves to just two meters.

After taking these base accuracy measurements, we took the smartphone and our Garmin Edge 500 reference device on our obligatory bike ride to determine how well the Q7 Plus performs in the realm of navigation. The differences between the recorded paths were minimal, attesting to the LG smartphone's aptitude for navigation-related tasks. 

LG Q7 Plus
LG Q7 Plus
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LG Q7 Plus
LG Q7 Plus
LG Q7 Plus
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500

Phone Function and Call Quality - LG smartphone with clear sound

LG Q7 Plus
LG Q7 Plus

LG's telephone app on the Q7 Plus is almost exactly the same as Google's standard app. This program enables users to easily access contacts, groups, call lists and the number pad. In the menu, users can set the telephone as an object on the home screen, shortening the time it takes to access this primary function.

During conversations, our test device produces a pleasantly clear sound at a good volume. The microphone filters out background noise reliably, making it possible for both sides to understand each other well. In our experience, the phone's reception remains fairly stable, even in areas with poor network coverage. The speakerphone function also works well, though it has a hard time drowning out even a moderate level of background noise.

Cameras - LG Q7Lens in the Q7 Plus

Front camera shot
Front camera shot

LG chose to equip the Q7 Plus with a 16 MP main camera and an 8 MP front camera. Selfies captured by the front camera are moderately good. If the fixed focus does not function perfectly, the image is blurry. The optional portrait mode only changes the level of sharpness in the background.

The main camera has considerably more to offer and takes solid photos of the user's surrounding environment. With PDAF, objects come into focus quickly. The QLens AI is designed to recognize image content and offer information on the objects pictured.

The Q7 Plus' camera takes good panorama shots, though the details look somewhat blurry and the colors are a little too light. Objects are clearly distinguished from each other; the only flaw here is that within dark areas, color differences are hardly recognizable. Close-ups are rich in detail and elements are well-defined. But here as well, colors look somewhat pale and content in dark areas is easily lost, especially around the edges of the frame. The mediocre imaging performance in dark areas of an image is also reflected in the quality of pictures taken in low light. Objects quickly disappear into darkness and are hardly recognizable.

LG gives smartphone photographers very few settings options. Apart from the various modes, the only options available are filters and resolution. The advertised QLens function is essentially image recognition that searches for the photographed object on Amazon or Pinterest. In our tests, this function only worked moderately well—many of the objects we scanned were not found.

Video recordings are subject to similar limitations. The image stabilizer prevents videos from shaking significantly, but we think it could compensate for movement a little more.

Photo LG Q7 Plus
Photo LG Q7 Plus
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Photo LG Q7 Plus
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Photo LG Q7 Plus
Photo LG Q7 Plus

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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ColorChecker Passport
ColorChecker Passport

We used the ColorChecker Passport program to test the color accuracy of the Q7 Plus' camera. The results corroborate the impression we got from our test shots. Colors turn out too light, and dark gray and black tones look somewhat too dark.

In a controlled lighting environment, the LG Q7+ was able to take a detailed snapshot of our test chart. Fine structures remain largely recognizable, only blurring a little in the corners of the photo. Toward the lower corners, the image becomes substantially paler.

Accessories and Warranty - 24 months of warranty coverage for the LG Q7+

LG Q7 Plus box contents
LG Q7 Plus box contents

The LG Q7 Plus' box contains just a USB power supply with a matching USB Type-C cable and a SIM ejector tool. LG does not offer accessories tailored to the Q7+, but third-party manufacturers sell cases, skins and much more.

Buyers of the Q7 Plus will receive a 24-month warranty from LG.

Input Devices and Operation - Smartphone with fast fingerprint sensor

For text and numerical input, the LG Q7 Plus is equipped with the LG keyboard app. The functionality of this app is comparable to that of Google's GBoard, enabling users to type texts quickly and easily. The size of the keyboard and various convenience features can be customized. The touchscreen reacts to touch input immediately and reliably. The position sensor takes a moment to rotate the smartphone's image content.

In addition to the unlocking features offered in the Q7 Plus' software, users can also utilize the fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. This sensor reacts faster than the time it takes to input a pattern or a PIN. Even if the registered finger touches the surface a little askew, the smartphone recognizes the fingerprint reliably.

Display - Low-contrast display on the LG Q7 Plus

Subpixels
Subpixels

LG chose to equip the Q7 Plus with a 5.5-inch IPS panel. This panel has a resolution of 2160x1080 pixels and an average brightness level of around 420 cd/m². These specs are acceptable for a smartphone in this price bracket but weak enough to place it in the lower mid-range compared to the competition. The evenness of the brightness distribution is also below average at 89%. Here, the Q7+ lands in last place among the competitors.

419
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
416
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
432
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
430
cd/m²
437
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 437 cd/m² Average: 419.4 cd/m² Minimum: 4.71 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 431 cd/m²
Contrast: 743:1 (Black: 0.58 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.2 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 6.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
97.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.26
LG Q7 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.5
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
LTPS, 2160x1080, 5.65
Nubia Z17 mini
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
BlackBerry Motion
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Screen
30%
-5%
-2%
39%
Brightness middle
431
675
57%
405
-6%
326
-24%
656
52%
Brightness
419
650
55%
406
-3%
318
-24%
634
51%
Brightness Distribution
89
92
3%
91
2%
94
6%
93
4%
Black Level *
0.58
0.46
21%
0.61
-5%
0.32
45%
0.4
31%
Contrast
743
1467
97%
664
-11%
1019
37%
1640
121%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.2
5.9
5%
6.5
-5%
6.3
-2%
5.3
15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.1
9.5
6%
9.3
8%
11.3
-12%
7.8
23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.2
6.6
-6%
7.4
-19%
8.8
-42%
5.2
16%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.36 93%
2 110%
2.59 85%
2.22 99%
CCT
8064 81%
7846 83%
8329 78%
8920 73%
7905 82%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8931 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Further measurements of the LG Q7 Plus' display reveal a contrast ratio of 743:1 and a black value of 0.58. These results are also below average and have an adverse effect on both colors and blacks. Colors are not clearly distinguished from each other, and blacks have somewhat of a grayish cast. In addition, our CalMAN measurements show that images are proportionally higher in blue tones.

CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color space
CalMAN - color space
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - color saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 53 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 20.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Outdoors the LG Q7 Plus can be used without a problem, as long as the user avoids direct sunlight. In the shade, screen content is easy to read, and reflections from objects in the surrounding environment are not excessive. In bright spaces, the LG smartphone's display brightness is insufficient for viewing the screen content in the face of bright light and surface reflections.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

The Q7 Plus' IPS panel has extremely stable viewing angles. As a result, users can view the display comfortably from almost any angle. As long as there are no reflections from the surrounding environment obscuring the display, the user always has a clear view of the LG smartphone's screen content, even from less than ideal vantage points.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - LG Q7+ with mediocre performance

In the LG Q7 Plus, a Mediatek MT6750 SoC and an ARM Mali T860 MP2 GPU enable the Android system to run smoothly. The two processors are joined by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC flash storage. This hardware configuration is commonly available in mid-range smartphones, but it cannot quite fulfill our expectations of a device that costs 400 Euros (~$470).

Strictly speaking, the Q7+ is equipped with an MT6750S—but unfortunately the manufacturer has not clarified the difference between this chip and an MT6750. The results from our benchmark tests indicate that the GPU throttles somewhat, given that the MT6750S obtains substantially worse results than the MT6750 in the GFXBench Manhattan Test, for example.

Even so, the benchmarks show that the Q7+'s performance is still better than those of other devices with an MT6750 on average. Compared to other smartphones in its price bracket, however, the LG smartphone lags significantly behind the competition and takes last place in our comparison list in almost every portion of these tests.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
44064 Points ∼38%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
115834 Points ∼100% +163%
Nubia Z17 mini
87232 Points ∼75% +98%
BlackBerry Motion
59867 Points ∼52% +36%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
68282 Points ∼59% +55%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (44064 - 45829, n=2)
44947 Points ∼39% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=389)
76442 Points ∼66% +73%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
52855 Points ∼38%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
140875 Points ∼100% +167%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
87300 Points ∼62% +65%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (52855 - 56626, n=2)
54741 Points ∼39% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=170)
118332 Points ∼84% +124%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
3080 Points ∼52%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
5965 Points ∼100% +94%
Nubia Z17 mini
4695 Points ∼79% +52%
BlackBerry Motion
4873 Points ∼82% +58%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
5085 Points ∼85% +65%
Average Mediatek MT6750S
3080 Points ∼52% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (3146 - 9868, n=255)
4555 Points ∼76% +48%
Work performance score (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
3969 Points ∼63%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
6332 Points ∼100% +60%
Nubia Z17 mini
6093 Points ∼96% +54%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
6264 Points ∼99% +58%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (3969 - 4101, n=2)
4035 Points ∼64% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (6412 - 13531, n=423)
4958 Points ∼78% +25%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
751 Points ∼66%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
1146 Points ∼100% +53%
Nubia Z17 mini
10 Points ∼1% -99%
BlackBerry Motion
739 Points ∼64% -2%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
766 Points ∼67% +2%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (657 - 751, n=2)
704 Points ∼61% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=499)
698 Points ∼61% -7%
Graphics (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
631 Points ∼28%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
2279 Points ∼100% +261%
Nubia Z17 mini
1832 Points ∼80% +190%
BlackBerry Motion
968 Points ∼42% +53%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
1496 Points ∼66% +137%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (631 - 633, n=2)
632 Points ∼28% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=499)
1737 Points ∼76% +175%
Memory (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
800 Points ∼32%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
2494 Points ∼100% +212%
Nubia Z17 mini
2150 Points ∼86% +169%
BlackBerry Motion
773 Points ∼31% -3%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
1380 Points ∼55% +73%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (778 - 800, n=2)
789 Points ∼32% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=499)
1244 Points ∼50% +56%
System (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
1407 Points ∼28%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
5048 Points ∼100% +259%
Nubia Z17 mini
3829 Points ∼76% +172%
BlackBerry Motion
2800 Points ∼55% +99%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
3319 Points ∼66% +136%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (1407 - 1868, n=2)
1638 Points ∼32% +16%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=499)
2512 Points ∼50% +79%
Overall (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
855 Points ∼36%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
2394 Points ∼100% +180%
Nubia Z17 mini
621 Points ∼26% -27%
BlackBerry Motion
1116 Points ∼47% +31%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
1513 Points ∼63% +77%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (855 - 882, n=2)
869 Points ∼36% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=503)
1255 Points ∼52% +47%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
2084 Points ∼37%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
5688 Points ∼100% +173%
Nubia Z17 mini
4465 Points ∼78% +114%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
3942 Points ∼69% +89%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (1909 - 2084, n=2)
1997 Points ∼35% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=197)
4524 Points ∼80% +117%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
2135 Points ∼36%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
5856 Points ∼100% +174%
Nubia Z17 mini
4612 Points ∼79% +116%
BlackBerry Motion
3644 Points ∼62% +71%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
4172 Points ∼71% +95%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (2135 - 2798, n=2)
2467 Points ∼42% +16%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=247)
4308 Points ∼74% +102%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
639 Points ∼40%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
1579 Points ∼100% +147%
Nubia Z17 mini
1454 Points ∼92% +128%
BlackBerry Motion
847 Points ∼54% +33%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
865 Points ∼55% +35%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (639 - 653, n=2)
646 Points ∼41% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=248)
1270 Points ∼80% +99%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
1031 Points ∼39%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
2628 Points ∼100% +155%
Nubia Z17 mini
2322 Points ∼88% +125%
BlackBerry Motion
1807 Points ∼69% +75%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
1751 Points ∼67% +70%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (1031 - 1172, n=2)
1102 Points ∼42% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (2281 - 4216, n=352)
1642 Points ∼62% +59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
80 Points ∼7%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
1196 Points ∼100% +1395%
Nubia Z17 mini
827 Points ∼69% +934%
BlackBerry Motion
372 Points ∼31% +365%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
726 Points ∼61% +808%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (80 - 89, n=2)
84.5 Points ∼7% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (815 - 5241, n=352)
1186 Points ∼99% +1383%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
101 Points ∼7%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
1361 Points ∼100% +1248%
Nubia Z17 mini
965 Points ∼71% +855%
BlackBerry Motion
452 Points ∼33% +348%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
835 Points ∼61% +727%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (101 - 112, n=2)
107 Points ∼8% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (951 - 4734, n=360)
1134 Points ∼83% +1023%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
1029 Points ∼39%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
2638 Points ∼100% +156%
Nubia Z17 mini
2229 Points ∼84% +117%
BlackBerry Motion
1850 Points ∼70% +80%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
1785 Points ∼68% +73%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (1029 - 1172, n=2)
1101 Points ∼42% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=384)
1540 Points ∼58% +50%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
96 Points ∼5%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
1938 Points ∼100% +1919%
Nubia Z17 mini
1379 Points ∼71% +1336%
BlackBerry Motion
701 Points ∼36% +630%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
1289 Points ∼67% +1243%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (96 - 98, n=2)
97 Points ∼5% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=384)
1632 Points ∼84% +1600%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
120 Points ∼6%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
2059 Points ∼100% +1616%
Nubia Z17 mini
1507 Points ∼73% +1156%
BlackBerry Motion
813 Points ∼39% +578%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
1374 Points ∼67% +1045%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (120 - 123, n=2)
122 Points ∼6% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=392)
1387 Points ∼67% +1056%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
9903 Points ∼52%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
19050 Points ∼100% +92%
Nubia Z17 mini
10942 Points ∼57% +10%
BlackBerry Motion
15584 Points ∼82% +57%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
13014 Points ∼68% +31%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (9903 - 10050, n=2)
9977 Points ∼52% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=539)
12880 Points ∼68% +30%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
9656 Points ∼33%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
29306 Points ∼100% +204%
Nubia Z17 mini
23175 Points ∼79% +140%
BlackBerry Motion
12930 Points ∼44% +34%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
18386 Points ∼63% +90%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (9656 - 9864, n=2)
9760 Points ∼33% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=539)
17994 Points ∼61% +86%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
9710 Points ∼37%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
26175 Points ∼100% +170%
Nubia Z17 mini
18563 Points ∼71% +91%
BlackBerry Motion
13439 Points ∼51% +38%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
16841 Points ∼64% +73%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (9710 - 9905, n=2)
9808 Points ∼37% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=540)
15114 Points ∼58% +56%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
17 fps ∼37%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
46 fps ∼100% +171%
Nubia Z17 mini
36 fps ∼78% +112%
BlackBerry Motion
22 fps ∼48% +29%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
30 fps ∼65% +76%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (17 - 17, n=2)
17 fps ∼37% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=564)
31.4 fps ∼68% +85%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
16 fps ∼31%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
51 fps ∼100% +219%
Nubia Z17 mini
37 fps ∼73% +131%
BlackBerry Motion
21 fps ∼41% +31%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
29 fps ∼57% +81%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (16 - 16, n=2)
16 fps ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=567)
25 fps ∼49% +56%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
7.1 fps ∼31%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
23 fps ∼100% +224%
Nubia Z17 mini
17 fps ∼74% +139%
BlackBerry Motion
9.3 fps ∼40% +31%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
14 fps ∼61% +97%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (7.1 - 7.1, n=2)
7.1 fps ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=486)
16.8 fps ∼73% +137%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
6.8 fps ∼31%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
22 fps ∼100% +224%
Nubia Z17 mini
17 fps ∼77% +150%
BlackBerry Motion
9.5 fps ∼43% +40%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
14 fps ∼64% +106%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (6.7 - 6.8, n=2)
6.75 fps ∼31% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=489)
16 fps ∼73% +135%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
4.7 fps ∼31%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
15 fps ∼100% +219%
Nubia Z17 mini
10 fps ∼67% +113%
BlackBerry Motion
6.3 fps ∼42% +34%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
9.7 fps ∼65% +106%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (4.7 - 4.7, n=2)
4.7 fps ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 88, n=349)
14.3 fps ∼95% +204%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
4.5 fps ∼32%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
14 fps ∼100% +211%
Nubia Z17 mini
11 fps ∼79% +144%
BlackBerry Motion
6.1 fps ∼44% +36%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
9.5 fps ∼68% +111%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (4.5 - 4.5, n=2)
4.5 fps ∼32% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (9.8 - 110, n=352)
13.9 fps ∼99% +209%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
2.5 fps ∼25%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
9.1 fps ∼92% +264%
Nubia Z17 mini
6 fps ∼61% +140%
BlackBerry Motion
3.4 fps ∼34% +36%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
5.3 fps ∼54% +112%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (2.5 - 2.5, n=2)
2.5 fps ∼25% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 54, n=280)
9.86 fps ∼100% +294%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
LG Q7 Plus
2.4 fps ∼27%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
8.6 fps ∼97% +258%
Nubia Z17 mini
6 fps ∼67% +150%
BlackBerry Motion
3.4 fps ∼38% +42%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
5.3 fps ∼60% +121%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (2.4 - 2.4, n=2)
2.4 fps ∼27% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 58, n=283)
8.89 fps ∼100% +270%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
9.81 fps ∼81%
Average of class Smartphone (1.06 - 38.7, n=72)
12.1 fps ∼100%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
190 Points ∼27%
Average of class Smartphone (36.3 - 2754, n=76)
693 Points ∼100%

Legend

 
LG Q7 Plus Mediatek MT6750S, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nubia Z17 mini Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976, Qualcomm Adreno 510, 128 GB eMMC Flash
 
BlackBerry Motion Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm Adreno 508, 64 GB eMMC Flash

The same general trend continues in the browser benchmarks. Here, too, the LG Q7 Plus performs substantially worse than the competing devices on our comparison list. In everyday use, however, the LG smartphone still offers a good browsing experience. The system loads websites quickly and only needs a little longer to load media content.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro (Chrome 67)
49.396 Points ∼100% +164%
Nubia Z17 mini (Chrome 63)
45.1 Points ∼91% +141%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=422)
36.7 Points ∼74% +96%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL (Chrome 62)
28.09 Points ∼57% +50%
BlackBerry Motion
27.194 Points ∼55% +45%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (18.7 - 19.2, n=2)
18.9 Points ∼38% +1%
LG Q7 Plus (Chrome 67)
18.694 Points ∼38%
Octane V2 - Total Score
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro (Chrome 67)
9582 Points ∼100% +180%
Nubia Z17 mini (Chrome 63)
9187 Points ∼96% +168%
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=558)
5562 Points ∼58% +63%
BlackBerry Motion
4409 Points ∼46% +29%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL (Chrome 62)
4398 Points ∼46% +29%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (3422 - 3474, n=2)
3448 Points ∼36% +1%
LG Q7 Plus (Chrome 67)
3422 Points ∼36%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
LG Q7 Plus (Chrome 67)
13670.9 ms * ∼100%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (13203 - 13671, n=2)
13437 ms * ∼98% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=578)
11474 ms * ∼84% +16%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL (Chrome 62)
9425 ms * ∼69% +31%
BlackBerry Motion
9316.4 ms * ∼68% +32%
Nubia Z17 mini (Chrome 63)
4411 ms * ∼32% +68%
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro (Chrome 67)
4093.5 ms * ∼30% +70%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro (Chrome 67)
159 Points ∼100% +127%
Average of class Smartphone (91 - 362, n=284)
111 Points ∼70% +59%
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL (Chrome 62)
95 Points ∼60% +36%
Average Mediatek MT6750S (70 - 71, n=2)
70.5 Points ∼44% +1%
LG Q7 Plus (Chrome 67)
70 Points ∼44%

* ... smaller is better

The Q7 Plus' internal storage can keep pace with the results achieved by similar devices. The internal microSD card reader in particular scores points for its good write and read speeds. With our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference memory card, the LG smartphone may not be able to outdo the competition, but its performance is solid.

The internal storage offers users around 50 GB of free storage space and can be expanded by up to 2 TB with a microSD card. However, microSD cards can only be used to store photos, music and other files. It is not possible to reformat the card as internal storage, nor can the user store apps there.

LG Q7 PlusBQ Aquaris X2 ProNubia Z17 miniBlackBerry MotionAsus ZenFone 4 ZE554KLAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
17%
14%
10%
17%
15%
-11%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
61.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
58.78 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-5%
61.23 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
66.51 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
7%
54.3 (14.1 - 74.7, n=68)
-13%
45.5 (3.4 - 87.1, n=318)
-27%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
81.45 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83.35 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
78 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
84.68 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
86.93 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
7%
73.2 (21.1 - 86.9, n=68)
-10%
63.8 (8.2 - 96.5, n=318)
-22%
Random Write 4KB
11.91
15.43
30%
15.9
34%
11.61
-3%
7.59
-36%
19.8 (3.4 - 87.1, n=77)
66%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=607)
35%
Random Read 4KB
35.8
51.25
43%
60
68%
67.25
88%
68.57
92%
50.4 (11.4 - 149, n=77)
41%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=607)
7%
Sequential Write 256KB
186.55
204.83
10%
143.8
-23%
92.67
-50%
205.27
10%
165 (40 - 246, n=77)
-12%
79.9 (2.99 - 246, n=607)
-57%
Sequential Read 256KB
235.9
280.78
19%
267
13%
285.48
21%
287.38
22%
271 (115 - 704, n=77)
15%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=607)
-3%

Games - LG smartphone for casual games

The ARM Mali T860 MP2 graphics unit in the LG Q7 Plus is a simple GPU for tasks that require little in the way of graphics performance. Casual games and older titles run smoothly with the GPU, but games like Asphalt 8 only play fluidly at low settings. The MOBA Arena of Valor only ran at low graphics settings as well and even then we saw occasional drops in the frame rate.

The touchscreen translates all kinds of input into the game immediately and is suitable for use over an extended period. If a game requires the position sensor as a control, the user always has to keep in mind that there will be a short lag before a motion influences the game on the screen.

Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
 SettingsValue
 min23 fps
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Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 very low27 fps
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Emissions - Good sound for external devices

Manhattan 3.1
Manhattan 3.1

The LG Q7 Plus consistently warms to around 30 °C (86 °F) while running, and under load the temperatures can rise to up to 37 °C (98.6 °F). The surfaces do not heat up any further. While we were running the graphics-heavy GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 test, the LG Q7+ was able to maintain the same level of performance. The smartphone warmed up palpably, but it never grew hot.

Max. Load
 37.2 °C
99 F
37 °C
99 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
 37.5 °C
100 F
36.8 °C
98 F
37.5 °C
100 F
 
 38.1 °C
101 F
38.1 °C
101 F
37.6 °C
100 F
 
Maximum: 38.1 °C = 101 F
Average: 37.5 °C = 100 F
33.1 °C
92 F
34.8 °C
95 F
34.7 °C
94 F
33.6 °C
92 F
37.1 °C
99 F
34.9 °C
95 F
34.2 °C
94 F
38.1 °C
101 F
37.9 °C
100 F
Maximum: 38.1 °C = 101 F
Average: 35.4 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.2 °C = 79 F | Room Temperature 20.8 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.5 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.1 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.1 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.7 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Heat development - top
Heat development - top
Heat development - bottom
Heat development - bottom

Speaker

The Q7+'s speaker offers a tone spectrum that is well-suited for voices at a comparatively good volume. Other audio outputs suffer a bit from the unbalanced mid and high tones. Users will have to do without bass tones entirely.

Bluetooth 4.2 and a 3.5 mm jack serve as connections for external audio devices. Plugs hold firmly in the jack, and in connection with LG's DTX:X-3D Surround feature, the device is able to generate a very dynamic and balanced sound. This is a substantial improvement over the internal speaker and is very well-suited for playing all kinds of media content. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.928.62528.436.33136.128.54030.928.85030.6326322.228.38024.919.610024.42212523.523.516020.319.920019.823.925018.229.831517.441.240016.649.950017.154.163015.95880015.969.3100015.969.1125016.772.716001673.2200015.969250016.274315016.475.940001780.3500016.573.1630016.466.8800016.665.9100001772.21250016.563.61600016.947.5SPL28.685.5N1.157median 16.6median 65.9Delta1.616.233.929.528.437.736.130.530.929.230.63222.225.624.922.324.422.723.52720.327.719.845.718.249.217.458.216.661.917.16215.961.315.957.115.963.616.773.31674.515.970.916.272.816.471.51774.116.573.316.468.416.665.61765.316.55716.949.228.683.21.151.8median 16.6median 621.69.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLG Q7 PlusBQ Aquaris X2 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
LG Q7 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 39.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (31.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 88% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 92% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

BQ Aquaris X2 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 47% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 69% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life - LG smartphone with long battery life

According to our measurements, the Q7 Plus uses an average amount of energy. In idle mode, our test device's power draw is somewhat higher than those of the devices we have selected for comparison. Under load, the LG smartphone's low energy consumption stands out compared to the competition. The power supply that comes with the device provides around 17 watts of energy, which is enough to reliably supply the Q7+ under load and charge the smartphone at the same time.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.16 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1 / 1.57 / 1.64 Watt
Load midlight 4.1 / 6.02 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
LG Q7 Plus
3000 mAh
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
3100 mAh
Nubia Z17 mini
2950 mAh
BlackBerry Motion
4000 mAh
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
3300 mAh
Average Mediatek MT6750S
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-15%
-28%
-18%
-19%
5%
-3%
Idle Minimum *
1
0.63
37%
0.83
17%
1.45
-45%
0.84
16%
0.845 (0.69 - 1, n=2)
15%
0.88 (0.2 - 3.4, n=636)
12%
Idle Average *
1.57
2.16
-38%
2.01
-28%
2.1
-34%
2.31
-47%
1.635 (1.57 - 1.7, n=2)
-4%
1.719 (0.6 - 6.2, n=635)
-9%
Idle Maximum *
1.64
2.18
-33%
2.02
-23%
2.13
-30%
2.33
-42%
1.685 (1.64 - 1.73, n=2)
-3%
1.998 (0.74 - 6.6, n=636)
-22%
Load Average *
4.1
4.48
-9%
5.95
-45%
4.01
2%
4.76
-16%
3.66 (3.21 - 4.1, n=2)
11%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=630)
1%
Load Maximum *
6.02
7.87
-31%
9.65
-60%
5.09
15%
6.39
-6%
5.67 (5.31 - 6.02, n=2)
6%
5.75 (1.2 - 14.2, n=630)
4%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our WLAN test, which is designed to simulate everyday use, the LG Q7 Plus' battery fulfills our expectations of a 3000 mAh model. With a run time of over 10 hours, the smartphone only lags behind competitors equipped with larger batteries. When it comes to battery life during video playback, however, the Q7+ was not able to meet our expectations. The Q7+ charges fully in less than two hours with the fast charge power supply that comes with the smartphone.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 20min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 20min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 35min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 50min
LG Q7 Plus
3000 mAh
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
3100 mAh
Nubia Z17 mini
2950 mAh
BlackBerry Motion
4000 mAh
Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL
3300 mAh
Battery Runtime
12%
-20%
31%
35%
Reader / Idle
980
1374
40%
1665
70%
H.264
455
658
45%
698
53%
WiFi v1.3
620
605
-2%
497
-20%
810
31%
562
-9%
Load
230
145
-37%
286
24%

Pros

+ very good audio quality via 3.5 mm jack
+ good battery life
+ IP68 dust-proof and waterproof

Cons

- system performance
- WLAN speed
- low contrast display

Verdict - LG Q7 Plus fails to meet expectations

In review: LG Q7 Plus. Test device courtesy of LG Germany.
In review: LG Q7 Plus. Test device courtesy of LG Germany.

After a thorough review, the Q7 Plus left us with mixed impressions. On the one hand, the smartphone offers some strong sales points: very good battery life, the option to expand its storage space by up to 2 TB, and excellent sound quality on external speakers. On the other hand, the performance is much too low for a device that costs 400 Euros (~$470), and the much-advertised QLens feature proves to be nothing more than a simple Amazon image search.

Despite its good battery life, LG's Q7 Plus is a smartphone that cannot justify its 400-Euro price tag (~$470).

If you want to use your smartphone as a mini multimedia center and only intend to take the occasional decent-quality snapshot, considering that most apps run without any issues, you can go ahead and buy this device with confidence. However, buyers who attach importance to good system performance and may even want to play more graphics-heavy games would be better off taking a look at the competition.

LG Q7 Plus - 07/30/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
38 / 60 → 64%
Weight
93%
Battery
91%
Display
83%
Games Performance
14 / 63 → 23%
Application Performance
40 / 70 → 57%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 91 → 83%
Camera
64%
Average
71%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-08- 2 (Update: 2018-08- 3)