LG K7 LTE : Pros and Cons

LG has launched the K10 LTE and K7 LTE as the next new release in its budget series. K7 LTE is found to

be more affordable than K10 LTE but by compromising its features. Let’s discuss the specifications of the

mobile and test if K7 LTE matches the other mobiles at the price of Rs Rs. 9500.

 

K7 LTE has the same pebble-like finish like K10 LTE with curved edges for the display making the mobile

look good. The back panel is quite soft but offers good grip to hold. The 5 MP front camera comes with

the proximity sensor. LG K7 LTE has removed the ambient light sensor which means the brightness of

the phone has to be adjusted manually. The notification LED is also absent like the K10 LTE. The build

quality is decent for a plastic phone like K7 LTE.

 

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LG K7 LTE : Pros and Cons
K7 LTE trades off its price with the quality of its display. It measures 5 inches and comes with in-cell

touch technology. The display does not score well like the K10 LTE as its resolution is just 480X854 pixels

with a pixel density of 195 ppi making the text and images look jagged. The charging socket and ear

phones jack are placed at the bottom of the mobile while the other buttons like volume control and lock

are at the back panel. The buttons at the back have a spongy feel and hence can be pressed accidentally.

LG ships its K7 LTE with a charger, data cable, headset and instruction manual. You don’t get the flip

cover just like you did for K10 LTE.

 

 

LG K7 LTE runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The software bloat has been considerably reduced except for

some extras like LG Backup and Smart World. The Smart World is used to download fonts, themes,

ringtones etc. The lock screen effects and the quick launch shortcuts for apps can also be customized.

The toggle switches and the navigation bar at the bottom can also be customized.

 

The K7 LTE is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core SoC with 1.5GB of RAM which is very

old. It scores 18,690 points in AnTuTu and about 14fps in GFXbench. The inbuilt storage of 8 GB can be

expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card. The connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n,

FM radio, and GPS. There's no support for NFC or USB OTG. It supports dual SIM and both the slots

accept only Nano SIM with 3G data. 4G with VoLTE and VoWi-Fi is supported only for the card in the first

slot. The mobile is backed by a battery of 2125 mAh.

 

Thought the processor used by K7 LTE is quite ancient, it gives a good multitasking experience. The

phone hangs at times but doesn’t ruin the experience. Heavy apps and games take time to load and the

phone gets warm while playing games and charging. 4G is good and the call quality was tested to be

better. The text and images are not sharp. The music player is acceptable but doesn’t support flac audio

files. The audio codecs like AC3 are also not supported. The rear speaker works good for alerts and

notifications but not for media playback.

 

The 5 MP rear camera is not up to the mark and produces satisfactory images in daylight but gets worse

in dim lights. It doesn’t capture the details of a scene the colors turn muted. The close-up shots were

good but again the sensor failed to produce good colors. The photos can get shaky if your hands are not

steady. The front camera offers a “flash” for selfies but the camera app lacks features like HDR,

panorama and filters. The mobile offers full HD video recording in both the front and rear cameras.

A good battery performance is achieved by lowering the quality of display and processor. Regular usage

of the mobile makes the battery stand for one full day. During the video loop test, it was found that we

can get a playback time of 11 hours and 37 minutes. Quick charge option is not available.

 

LG’s K7 LTE is found not worth for the money you put in. Priced at Rs. 9500, it falls short in so many

specifications and is considered affordable only for Rs. 5000. At Rs. 9500, you get so many cool

smartphones like the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, Coolpad Note 3, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, all of which

perform better and are less expensive. Hence, if LG regulates the price or makes its specifications better,

K7 LTE can do well at the market.