LG has been continuously producing successful smartphones for quite some time now. They have been able to make decent budget segment smartphones, too. The best part about LG smartphones is the fact that they all look rather fresh and are able to stand out among other smartphones. LG launched its LG K7 2017 (X230) smartphone some time back. Not only the smartphone looks decent, it also carries all the modern amenities needed in a modern smartphone. The best part about this phone is that it comes at a budget price tag. So, let’s see how this smartphone functions and what are its pros and cons.
The phone looks fairly decent and has an ergonomic body that provides a decent grip. The general geometry of the phone consist of a rectangular design followed by slightly curved edges. The speaker grille is provided on the bottom part of the rear panel and the volume rocker buttons are provided on the left edge of the phone. If we talk about the external dimensions of the device, the device has external dimensions as 2.88 x 5.79 x 0.32 inches. Also the phone weighs 143, which again is impressive. The device is available in two color variants i.e. Mocha and Titanium. The phone also features with a fingerprint scanner, which is provided on the back panel of the phone just below the camera module. The phone comes with a 5.0-inches TFT (On-Cell touch) capacitive touchscreen that provides a screen resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and roughly corresponding to 196 ppi rich screen. The screen looks decent and gets the job done. The sunlight legibility is decent and so are the viewing angles. We did expect the display to get brighter, but then again we cannot complain much. Overall, the phone has decent design and display.
The phone features with a 1.1GHz quad-core processor that is backed by a MediaTek MT6737 chipset. The phone is also backed by 1.5GB of RAM. The processor used in the phone is competent enough to play light games and apps on the phone seamlessly. However, when running multiple heavy apps, users might find the device lagging when using heavy applications. The phone runs on Android ecosystem, v6.0 i.e. Marshmallow. The phone comes with 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. The phone supports two SIMs and also supports 4G networks.
LG has always been able to provide decent cameras in its smartphones. The LG K7 2017 features with an 8MP primary camera with CMOS sensor and is backed by autofocus and LED flash. Also, a 5MP CMOS front camera has been provided in the phone. The primary camera supports basic functions like Touch to focus and offers shooting modes such as Continuous Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR). The camera setting would also include Exposure compensation and ISO control. HD Video recording is also done by the camera. The camera provided in the phone capture decent images and the images quality was impressive when it was taken in bright light conditions. The image quality deteriorates a bit when it is capture in dim lighting conditions. The front shooter is capable of capturing some pretty decent selfies and serves best for video calling purpose. The front camera supports Gesture Shot using which one can take selfies in a jiffy. The phone features a loudspeaker that gets reasonably loud and also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Talking about the battery provided in the phone, the phone comes with a 2500 mAh battery. The best part is the battery is removable, thus letting its users to carry extra charged batteries with them. The battery promises talk time up to 12.5 hours. In real life conditions, the battery can run up for a day with moderate to heavy usage. Talking about the connectivity options, the phone offers basic connectivity options, such as, Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio with RDS and microUSB 2.0. The phone features with three kinds of sensors i.e. fingerprint scanner, light sensor, accelerometer and proximity.