Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the LG G7 Plus ThinQ, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

LG G7 Plus ThinQ  Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
LG G7 ThinQ Xiaomi Black Shark 2
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Excellence Score
52.8
69.4
Value for Money Score
50.8
60.3
Price ₹ 39,990 onwards ₹ 39,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Jun, 2019
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 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 6.39 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3120 pixels (~ 563 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features IPS LCD, Dolby Vision (HDR10 compliant), FullVision Display, Always-on display DCI-P3 Support, Always-on display, Eye Protection mode, Intelligent Motion Compensation, Image Enhancement
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 640
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 16MP 48MP + 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 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, HDR, Panorama, Pro mode, Slow motion, AI Camera, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Selfie Light, Beauty Shot F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.77 mmMedium
Weight 162 gmMedium 205 gmHeavy
Width 71.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 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, 27W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
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 In-display Fingerprint Sensor; WiFi Display; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; 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
  • Powerful, unique, industrial 'gaming device' design
  • Slick 'gaming lights'
  • The Black Shark logo on the rear of the phone can be customized to glow and pulse in just about any color
  • The included case has two small ledges onto which you can latch your fingertips - the grippy material of the case and these ledges really help you take firm hold of the phone when gaming
  • The buttons (a short volume toggle, a small power and screen button, and dedicated Shark Key) have excellent profiles and perfect action
  • Fast, effective face unlock
  • Large, crisp, punchy OLED display - you are going to enjoy playing games and watching videos on this device
  • Contrast, and viewing angles are great
  • The display also supports a 'MagicTouch' feature, that relies on the phone’s pressure-sensitive display to let you reassign controls to a more convenient location on the screen - which can make playing games in landscape mode (like PUBG) much more fun
  • The UI is mostly stock Android, which keeps things nice and simple
  • The primary modification to the software is in terms of a number of options that help you optimize the gaming experience on the phone
  • The “Game Dock” and “Light Settings” found at the bottom of the settings menu let you adjust certain aspects of the gaming experience, such as notifications, frame rates, brightness, and the floating window that acts as a dashboard for all your key performance metrics (battery temp, CPU temp, CPU frequency, and so on)
  • The Shark Key on the right side grants entry to the phone’s gaming zone, called Shark Space that squashes notifications and will essentially help you focus 100 percent on gaming - it also dumps out the RAM to help boost speeds
  • Shark Space is also a central location for all your games - any titles you download from the Play Store are automatically loaded into the Shark Space launcher
  • You’ll also find controls for the optional gaming pads - if you purchase the pads you can customize the actions for each button here, as well as perform some baseline calibrations.
  • If you don’t have the controllers, you can map on-screen buttons to perform specific tasks
  • The display is also capable of 240Hz touch sensitivity with latency as low as 43.5ms - together, these translate to faster finger recognition and quicker response to your input
  • The performance as you would expect from a gaming device, is drool-worthy - the flagship Snapdragon 855, with oodles of RAM, and other modifications like liquid cooling, and a multi-layered heat dissipation system, means that this is simply one of the most powerful Androids you can get your hands on
  • From day-to-day use to complex games, the Black Shark 2 will chomp through everything, without batting an eyelid
  • Pretty good cameras for this price bracket
  • The dual-camera setup on the rear lets you shoot normal and telephoto images, as well as use the two lenses together for portrait/bokeh
  • The majority of photos show sharp focus, and even low light shots are better than average
  • The selfie camera does a decent job too
  • You can shoot video up to 4K - they generally come out clean, well exposed, and mostly free of noise
  • Overall, especially for a gaming-centered phone, the Black Shark 2 packs some pretty capable cameras
  • Good bunch of front-facing stereo speakers - can deliver 1W of audio output, which means the Black Shark 2 can get really loud
  • There is also a dedicated gaming mic on one side of the phone to ensure it isn’t covered by your hand while you play
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAH battery, and some good optimization - with regular use, it can breeze through 48 hours and power to spare - and even with a lot of gaming time, you will comfortable get through a day
  • Fast charging support (Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0) with some very good charging speeds - 30 min plugged into the included charger will provide a 60 percent boost in battery life
  • If you are into hardcore gaming, and spend a lot of your day engrossed in PUBG or Fortnite, this is the best value-for-money dedicated gaming phone you can get, period - it's big on both personality and performance - and the bang for buck it delivers is off the charts
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
  • While the front of the phone is all glass, the rest of the chassis is some seriously heavy metal - this is a big and heavy device, no 2 ways about it
  • No IP-rated waterproofing
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor only has average accuracy (you will be better off using the face unlock mostly)
  • The Black Shark 2, like all gaming device tend to be, is a sharp, aggressive-looking piece of hardware, and it may be too much for regular, non-hardcore-gaming folk
  • Unlike some other gaming phones (such as the Asus ROG phone), the screen refresh rate is limited to a standard 60Hz
  • Brightness levels peak at 430-nits - it could have been a bit higher for better outdoor visibility
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack - audio output is via USB-C, and there are no USB-C earphones included either - so you will need to get your own USB-C or wireless headphones
  • The Black Shark 2 is primarily for gamers thanks to its lights, aggressive design and gaming optimizations - having said all that though, it’s a good smartphone generally speaking, and anyone looking for a standout handset, who doesn’t mind a bit of ‘grrr’, can also check it out
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. A great phone, that we thoroughly liked..but one that we find surprisingly hard to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Black Shark 2’s pressure-sensitive screen makes mobile gaming better
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A big, powerful bite at an affordable price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Delivers on its key promise — excellent gaming performance..but feels slightly overpriced compared to a rival such as the Nubia Red Magic 3
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Ideal gaming smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Solid value for the money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The new king of mobile gaming
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you are a person that loves to game on the go, this is the smartphone for you
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Quintessentially one of the best gaming smartphones out there
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. One of the best gaming phones you can buy
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A dependable option for gamers
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. This gaming phone is a real killer
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  13. Well worth the money
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A mighty phone with supreme gaming capabilities
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Consider this one if you need an all-round smartphone that also doubles up as a gaming device
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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