The LG K7 LTE has been launched recently along with K10 LTE ( which incidentally is labelled as the first "Made In India" phone from LG). Here we go with the salient features of this new offering –
Design and display
The K7 LTE comes with a 5 inch FWVGA screen. The phone is said to have In-cell display technology. The outdoor visibility is not that satisfactory as per the early reviews. The display has 2.5D arc glass design.
As for design, the phone has curved edges that make the handling easier. The physical dimensions read 143.6 x 72.5 x 8.9mm and it weighs 141grams. The rear cover is plasticky, however you get a good grip with matte finish. You may buy the device in any of the Gold, Titan and White colors.
The LG K7 LTE is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor. It is a quadcore processor and the clock speed reads 1.09 GHz. The graphics are taken care of by Adreno 304 GPU. K7 LTE. The phone has 8GB of internal storage. Besides, you also have memory expansion options. However, out of 8 GB internal storage – you get only 2.5 GB for users. Coupled with it is 1.5 GB RAM which is a little below the current standards.
The phone does not seem to have any heat issues. High end games and apps do stutter a bit. You can play them well with medium settings. The lower level display quality is a bit disappointing while playing such games.
The K7 LTE is equipped with a 5 MP rear camera. The shots are quite satisfactory with nothing special can be said about them. The day light shots are good enough, while the low light shots are full of grain and appear blurry.
The camera app is quite simple and easy to use. However, you have no access to some high end modes like HDR. It is really surprising to see the omission as even the entry level phones released of late have the features enabled. The front camera reads 5 MP resolution. Yiu can be assured of decent selfies. It also comes with some additional features like Gesture Shot and Gesture Interval Shot. These let you shoot your snaps using some easy gestures. Besides, you also can control your camera operations by means of voice commands.
The LG K7 LTE can record HD video at 720p.
The K7 LTE runs on Android Lollipop 5.1. The customisation is provided by LG's proprietary UX UI. The UI is a little overdone. You would feel as if you have been missing the stock Android. The interface has a lot of lock screen widgets. You can launch a most of the apps straight from the lock screen.
The device comes with almost all the Google apps preloaded. As for other third part apps, you have only Evernote installed by default.
Battery and connectivity
The phone comes with a Battery capacity of 2125 mAh. Given the wide usage that a phone has been finding these days, it may not provide you a good battery life. You should get around a day's backup. There is a power saver option though.
The K7 LTE is a dual SIM device. You can access 4G on both the SIM cards. However, please note that you can have 4G connectivity only on one SIM at a time – no simultaneous 4G connectivity. There is also VoLTE feature. You can enjoy HD calls over LTE. Other connectivity features include WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.
Price and availability
The LG K7 LTE is priced by LG at Rs. 9500. Though the phone appears to have good performance and build quality, the low level display quality is a need for concern. For that much of a price, we would have expected a better display – at least 720p would have been a good thing. There are many smartphones available with good cameras in the similar price range. I would consider the phone not justifying the high price.