When buying an Android smartphone these days, you’re not just getting Google’s mobile operating system. You also have to deal with the OEM’s user interface that is skinned on top, duplicate apps, and carrier bloatware (if you choose not to go with an unlocked device). LG has heard your pain, and has announced the LG G7 One smartphone, which runs the bone stock Android One operating system.
The LG G7 One is very similar to the LG G7 ThinQ that was launched earlier this year (read the HotHardware review here), but it replaces the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with an older Snapdragon 835. In addition, the dual camera setup on the rear has given way to a single 16MP f/1.6 camera and an 8MP f/1.9 front-facing camera handles selfie duties. All other specs are largely the same including a 6.1-inch 3120×1440 (QHD+) display, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD expansion, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
Yes, there’s still a notch in the display, and the relatively small bezels means that the fingerprint reader resides on the back of the smartphone below the camera. You’ll be glad to hear that the Boombox Speaker and quad DAC from the G7 ThinQ has been carried over.
But the big plus is the fact that it comes with Android One (based on Android 8.1 Oreo), which is Google’s version of Android that is stripped of third-party apps and services. It provides a fully Google-controlled software experience with timely OS and monthly security updates. Think of it as the version of Android that ships with Google’s Pixel family of smartphones minus custom apps like the Pixel Camera or Pixel Launcher. It also calls to mind the defunct Google Play Edition smartphones that were available from companies like Samsung many years ago.
LG hasn’t yet announced pricing for the LG G7 One, but it says that it will be available at an “exceptional price point”. Given the reduced specs, we’d imagine that it will be far cheaper than the $700+ price of the LG G7 ThinQ.