The K7 LTE smartphone is more affordable than the K10 LTE but its impact is visible in the features and specifications. K7 LTE priced at Rs 9,500 will compete Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus ,review, coolpad note 3 And xiaomi redmi note 3 ,review) from the base model. Know, what are the drawbacks and features we found in the review of K7 LTE.
design and look
The K7 LTE is designed in the same Pebble finish as the K10 LTE. It is very difficult to differentiate between the two phones. Curved edges have been given in the display which makes the phone beautiful. The rear cover of the phone is textured but the grip of K7 LTE is good. The phone has a 5 megapixel front camera with proximity sensor. Don’t know why, but LG has removed the ambient light sensor from this phone which means you will have to adjust the screen brightness manually. According to the plastic phone, the make of the phone cannot be called bad.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the K7 LTE is its 5-inch in-cell touch display with just 480×854 pixels resolution. The screen has a density of 195 ppi, which makes text and pictures look rough. The viewing angle is still great and the phone can be used even in sunlight. The charging port and headphone socket are placed at the bottom, while the rest of the buttons are on the rear.
On purchasing the K7 LTE, you will get a charger, data cable, headset and instruction manual. Unlike the K10 LTE, you will not get a flip cover with this phone. The quality of the accessory that comes with K7 LTE is good. But the K7 LTE does not give the same feel as the K10 LTE, but its price is also less. The low resolution display in the phone has been compromised which is not at all good for a phone with this screen size. Despite the price being around 10,000, we did not even understand the reason for the company removing the light ambient sensor. Like the K10 LTE, the K7 LTE also does not have a notification LED.
Software and Specifications
LG K7 LTE is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. In the benchmarking test, we found only figures like the recently launched InFocus Bingo 10, which is priced below Rs 5,000. The general performance of the phone can be called fine.
Talking about other specifications, the inbuilt storage of 8 GB can be expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. The phone supports Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, FM radio and GPS. NFC or OSB OTG support is not provided in LG K7 LTE. The K7 LTE has two nano SIM card slots. The phone supports 3G on both the SIMs. Apart from this, VoLTE and VoWi-Fi support is also present but only in the first SIM. The phone has a removable battery of 2125 mAh.
The software of the phone is almost the same as the K10 LTE. In the K7 LTE, LG has given a customized version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Apart from LG Backup and Smartworld, there is no other app in the phone. Themes, fonts, ringtones, etc. can be downloaded to customize the phone. The notification shade can be toggled along with the navigation bar at the bottom. Apart from changing the lock screen effect, the quick launch shortcuts for the app can also be edited.
Despite the low-end processor, the K7 LTE allows multitasking and running apps smoothly. However, the phone does have one attention-grabbing issue but that doesn’t make the phone completely bad. Heavy apps, especially games, take some time to load and the performance is also not very good. Photos and text are also not as sharp as we expected. The phone does not get very hot during normal use but during gaming and charging, the phone does get very hot. 4G works well and we did not see any problem in call quality.
Full-HD videos play smoothly in the phone. But some audio codecs like AC3 are not supported. Music player supports flac audio files. The audio quality of the phone can be said to be good with the headset that comes with K7 LTE. Out of 8 GB storage, only 3.4 GB is available for use, so the user will need a microSD card.
The 5 megapixel rear camera takes decent pictures in daylight. Landscape photos do not come with a lot of detail and colors are a bit suppressed. We also took some wonderfully sharp pictures in motion. There is a lot of trouble with the camera shutter, which increases more in low light. Photos from the camera are not good in low light. Close up shots from the phone are quite good but once again good colors are not available. The camera can record 720 pixels from both the rear and front cameras. The video quality is fine but if you don’t keep your hands steady and the video may flicker a lot.
The camera app has very few features. Like K10 LTE, you will not get features like HDR, Panorama, Filter in this phone too.
Due to the low-resolution display and low-powered processor, this phone is able to give good battery life. Good battery life is the most important feature of this phone. In our video loop test, we were able to play the LG K7 LTE for 11 hours and 37 minutes. At the same time, during normal use, we were able to run the phone for the whole day without charging. The phone does not support Quick Charge.
In the budget smartphone segment with tremendous features present in the market today, LG K7 LTE does not find its place anywhere. Barring good battery life and design, the phone seems to lag behind everywhere. The phone is very expensive with a price tag of Rs 9,500. There are phones in the market like Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, Coolpad Note 3 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with less price and better performance.
Like the K10 LTE, LG needs to improve the price of the K7 LTE. According to the features given in the phone, it fits into the category of phones under 5,000 in India. LG needs to take the right steps.