Our Opinion

The LG G7 Plus ThinQ is a significantly better phone, but the Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the LG G7 Plus ThinQ

LG G7 Plus ThinQ  Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
LG G7 ThinQ Nokia 7.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
52.8
44.5
Value for Money Score
50.8
74.1
Price ₹ 39,990 onwards ₹ 16,856 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3120 pixels (~ 563 pixels per inch) 1080x2244 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD, Dolby Vision (HDR10 compliant), FullVision Display, Always-on display FullView Display, IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 16MP 13MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.6 Aperture; Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 16MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 107-degree Field of view, Laser Autofocus & PDAF, AI Cam, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama, Video HDR, AI and Super Bright Mode, Live Photo, Portrait Mode, Manual Mode, Film Effect, Auto Shot, Gesture Shot, Gesture Interval Shot, Gesture View, HDR10 Video Recording, Cine Effect, Point Zoom, Steady Record 2.0, Slow Motion, Time-lapse Video, Quick Snap 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, Zeiss Optics, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Selfie Light, Beauty Shot F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9µm Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB Yes, up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 162 gmMedium 180 gmMedium
Width 71.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4.0 Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant (Gorilla Glass 5) Back Glass; Military Grade (MIL-STD-810G compliant); Wireless charging support; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration; Boombox Speaker with DTS:X 3D Sound; Hi-Fi Quad DAC; Super Far Field Voice Recognition NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Simple, non-flashy, unibody glass design - looks fairly good in most colors, but this is not a phone that will stand-out
  • Narrow dimensions make it easy to grip
  • There’s a dedicated AI button on the left side of the phone - a single press launches Google Assistant, a double press launches you straight into Google Lens, and a long press on the key takes you straight into voice commands with Assistant - it’s a pretty intuitive system, and one that you are likely to quickly start using
  • IP68 water-resistance
  • Bright, modern, tall 6.1-inch display - the brightness maxes out at 1, 000 nits - making it ideal for outdoor use when a normal smartphone peaks at 500 or maybe 600 nits - the only comparable flagship phone is the Galaxy S9 Plus, which can reach similar brightness levels
  • LG's custom UI over Android is decent, and runs butter smooth given the hardware
  • The performance all-round is top-notch given the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 that rests inside - it compares closely to other flagship devices
  • Very good AI powered cameras on the rear and the front
  • The rear dual camera system takes wide-angle photos, recognises low-light situations to employ a 'Super Bright' mode to make photos and video four times as bright albeit at a reduced resolution, the bokeh shots come out well too - overall, the camera is not too far behind the best of the lot like the Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, or Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is pretty good too - it provides a crisp enough and adequately wide enough selfie shooter - when there is enough light, the detail is on par with the Samsung Galaxy S9 front-facing camera
  • Video recording is done well too, and the 'Super Bright' Mode is present here too
  • Another highlight is the loud 'Boombox' speaker - it’s plenty loud, and uses the entire phone to pump out rich bass - it's arguably the best speaker implementation on a flagship phone
  • The phone is also filled with some of the best audio specs, including DTS:X 3D Sound through any wired headphones, and a 32-bit HiFi Quad DAC with 50% reduced noise - you’re going to be able to hear the difference if you’re an audiophile
  • Supports fast charging, and wireless charging
  • On the whole, the LG G7 ThinQ is a largely risk-averse flagship smartphone that's meant to be smart, not flashy - to that, it's able to do justice, and is arguably LG's best phone in years - it will likely compete well in the market as a cheaper flagship alternative to the Galaxy S9 series, being one step behind it only in the camera department - although it will also face tough competition on the other end from even cheaper flagships like the OnePlus 6
  • In recent times, HMD has launched some exquisite smartphones this year that all exude style and class - the Nokia 8.1 is no different - it's an elegantly designed device that comes with a glass and metal design - the front and back of the Nokia 8.1 get 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection - and the glass subtly curves on the edges and seamlessly blends into the aluminium frame
  • The frame itself is a solid Series 6000 aluminium with diamond cut, chiseled edges
  • Overall, the Nokia 8.1 is built like a tank - and the material quality as well as the fit and finish are excellent - every part of it feels completely solid, right down to the thick metal SIM tray and the power and volume buttons - the body doesn't twist or flex even slightly
  • Excellent, vivid, sharp, tall display with HDR10-support - which means you can stream HDR content on supported platforms like Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube - and you will get some pretty amazing colour reproduction
  • Being an Android One device, you get simple, clean stock Android similar to Pixel devices, along with a promise for Android updates for at least 2 years - there is also basically zero bloatware
  • Slick, butter smooth performance with the new Snapdragon 710, that's just a notch below the Snapdragon 800 series flagships - in real-life use, you will only be able to notice any difference from flagships in the most high-end games
  • Very good dual camera setup on the rear - take some very good images, especially in daylight conditions - you will get very good detail and vibrant colours - the camera is also quick to lock focus and fun to use - live Bokeh shots too come out looking great
  • Videos are crisp and sharp too, again especially so in daylight - and optical image stabilisation definitely makes a difference
  • The front camera is pretty good too, in all sort of lighting conditions, and has a good portrait mode as well
  • Overall, the camera experience on the Nokia 8.1 is right up there with the very best in this price bracket
  • Good speaker - sound through the single mono speaker is very loud, and is not too harsh or tinny
  • Good battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use and more
  • Fast charging support
  • The Nokia 8.1 is undoubtedly a strong new choice in the mid-range - it does not rely on gimmicks or fads to try and woo you - at its core, this is a phone that focuses on the essentials and delivers a great camera, good performance, excellent battery life and an absolutely clean build of Android with a promise of long-term support - for people who are looking for an uncluttered software experience and fast updates, the Nokia 8.1 will be an excellent, reliable choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Face unlock is a little on the sluggish side
  • Battery capacity is decent (will last the day with moderate use), but could have been better, considering the competition
  • The display notch is quite wide
  • Low light performance from the rear cameras, for both stills and videos, is decent, but could have been a little bit better
Expert Reviews
  1. Deserves a solid recommendation
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A flagship phone worth owning
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Does everything right except excite you
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. LG’s best flagship smartphone in years if all you care about are the basics
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. From a pure value point of view, the G7+ Thinq is hard to beat
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Challenges the conventional thinking that a premium flagship has to come with a premium price tag
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. In particular, the LG G7+ ThinQ will appeal to users who are looking for better audio on their smartphones
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. A worthy contender, among flagships
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Comes very close to being a great phone
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Close to greatness in parts, the LG G7 feels like it needed a bit more time on the drawing board
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Probably the most sensible product from LG in a long time
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The G7+ Thinq will not blow you away, but is a solid alternative to the OnePlus 6
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A feature packed alternative to the OnePlus 6
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Unless you’re specifically looking for the phone with the best sound, I probably wouldn’t recommend the LG G7 Thinq as your first option
    pcworld.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Definitely worth considering over other pricey devices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  24. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. forbes.com hands-on Read Review »
  30. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  32. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  33. recombu.com hands-on Read Review »
  34. thenextweb.com hands-on Read Review »
  35. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. Solid mid-range device
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There is a lot to like about the Nokia 8.1, but most of the things that give it its appeal can also be found in phones that cost much less
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. This is a phone that focusses on the essentials...offers tremendous value-for-money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Gets almost everything right...In case you prefer brand trust and software over the latest tech and powerful hardware, then the Nokia 8.1 is the kind of device you would like in your pocket
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A true Android flagship killer... Nokia is ending the year on a bang
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A marvellous mid-range smartphone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. A great phone that nails the fundamentals
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. As close to a flagship phone as it gets...And to top it off, HMD has priced the Nokia 8.1 at an incredibly competitive price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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