LG G7 Plus ThinQ, OnePlus 6, ASUS Zenfone 5Z: Budget Flagships with Snapdragon 845 on Sale in India

The LG G7 Plus ThinQ is a very premium flagship and today, it is going to be compared against the affordable smartphones with powerful hardware, the OnePlus 6 and the ASUS Zenfone 5Z


The LG G7 Plus ThinQ is an upgraded version of the G7 ThinQ, and today, it is going to be taking on the affordable Android flagship smartphones, the OnePlus 6 (review), and the ASUS Zenfone 5Z (review) in our latest comparison.

LG G7 Plus ThinQ vs OnePlus 6 vs ASUS Zenfone 5Z: Price in India

The LG G7 Plus ThinQ was just launched in India and it carries a price of Rs. 39990 in the country (it will be sold as a Flipkart exclusive). It was always expected that this flagship was going to be more expensive than the OnePlus 6 and the ASUS Zenfone 5Z, but surprisingly, the difference is not that much. The OnePlus 6 starts at Rs. 34999, while the Zenfone 5Z starts at Rs. 29999.

LG G7 Plus ThinQ vs OnePlus 6 vs ASUS Zenfone 5Z: Design and Display

The LG G7 Plus ThinQ sports a 6.1-inch MLCD+ screen with a QHD+ resolution that measures at 3120 x 1440 pixels, making the display give out very bright and color-accurate combination of images and video, while giving the device an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, along with a brightness that can go up to 1000 nits. The OnePlus 6 has a 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 2280 x 1080. The ASUS Zenfone 5Z has a 6.2-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 2246 x 1080 in an 18.7:9 aspect ratio.

This comparison shows that while the LG G7 Plus ThinQ does not feature the advanced AMOLED screen, it is armed with a better variant of LCD technology and it has been tweaked to provide the best colours and brightness possible for the user’s viewing pleasure. In terms of design, all three smartphones are sporting a premium finish, with a glass or ceramic back to enhance the handset’s overall look. This is one of the reasons why you have to pay slightly more for these high-end smartphones.

LG G7 Plus ThinQ vs OnePlus 6 vs ASUS Zenfone 5Z: Performance and Hardware Specifications

The LG G7 Plus ThinQ is armed with similar specifications as the OnePlus 6 and the ASUS Zenfone 5Z, but let us go through them one by one. The latest flagship from LG features a Snapdragon 845 paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to an unbelievable 2TB via a microSD card slot. The OnePlus 6 is also armed with a Snapdragon 845, and though it comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable storage, buyers can choose to pick up the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model, which is retailing for Rs. 43999.

The ASUS Zenfone 5Z is no different than the rest of the smartphones being compared here because it too features a Snapdragon 845, but comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard expandable memory for the base model. However, customers can choose to purchase the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model if they wish, but that will cost them Rs. 36999. Still, it is the cheapest smartphone right now to sport as much RAM as a notebook computer.

However, the LG G7 Plus ThinQ has other features going for it, ranging from a Boombox speaker, a Hi-Fi Quad DAC and 7.1-channel DTS:3D Surround Sound support. For audio lovers, this smartphone is going to be a dream come true in the form of a portable gadget that they can take anywhere in the world. The device is also based on the MIL-STD 810G standard and is IP68 certified, which are a few additions not supported by the OnePlus 6 and the ASUS Zenfone 5Z.

The LG G7 Plus ThinQ also features a dedicated button for summoning Google Assistant, and it is much faster than bringing up the assistant through your voice.

LG G7 Plus ThinQ vs OnePlus 6 vs ASUS Zenfone 5Z: Camera

All three smartphones are equipped with the best possible camera specifications according to the price they are being sold at. Starting with the LG G7 Plus ThinQ, this flagship features a 16MP primary rear sensor along with a f/1.9 aperture lens that has a field of view of 107 degrees. There is also a 16MP secondary sensor that has a f/1.7 aperture and a 71-degree lens. For selfies, the handset has an 8MP sensor at the front. Not just this, but LG has offered AI CAM features that bring 19 shooting models and three preset effects.

The OnePlus 6, on the other hand, features a 16 + 20MP dual-camera at the back with 2x optical zoom and OIS. You can also record 4K video at 60fps with the primary sensor, and with the 16MP front camera, you can capture decent selfies. As for the ASUS Zenfone 5Z, this flagship is equipped with a 12 + 8MP camera setup at the back, and an 8MP front shooter. Surprisingly, the device apparently does not support 4K video recording at 60fps but is limited to 30fps, but we feel that a future software update will be able to get rid of this limitation.

LG G7 Plus ThinQ vs OnePlus 6 vs ASUS Zenfone 5Z: Battery and OS

For everything the LG G7 Plus ThinQ is packing, it disappoints in the battery capacity category. The flagship only sports a 3000mAh battery, while the OnePlus 6 houses a 3300mAh unit, while the Zenfone 5Z is equipped with the same capacity. Even though there is not a whole lot of difference between the battery capacities in the three phones, the 3120 x 1440 resolution of the LG G7 Plus ThinQ will mean that you might experience reduced battery life performance, but then again, that will depend on your usage.

As for the OS, LG’s latest flagship is running Android 8.0 with its own custom UI, while the OnePlus 6 is running Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS 5.1.9, which is a UI that is only second to stock Android when it comes to fluidity. As for the ASUS Zenfone 5Z, it is running Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 running on top.

LG G7 Plus ThinQ vs OnePlus 6 vs ASUS Zenfone 5Z: Conclusion

The LG G7 Plus ThinQ gives you the best of the best in an Android flagship and surprisingly, it costs just Rs. 39990 to begin with. However, if you believe that you want to save a few rupees and get more value in return, what better way to take advantage of your smartphone purchase than by getting the OnePlus 6 or the ASUS Zenfone 5Z right now.