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Best LG phones 2021: finding the best LG phone for you

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LG has announced that it's quitting the smartphone business, so this guide to the best LG phones is unlikely to get any new additions, or changes to its rankings. That said, there are still a number of excellent LG phones, and the absence of new ones doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't invest in one.

You should however be aware that there's a chance any handset you buy won't get as many updates as it would have otherwise - though LG is talking about still updating some of its phones, right up to Android 12 (which isn't even out yet at the time of writing) in some cases.

In any case, in recent times, when it comes to the best LG phones, nothing can beat the LG V60 ThinQ. But there are plenty of other good quality LG devices out there to keep you happy too. They include the LG Wing 5G at number five as well as the likes of the LG Velvet and the LG G7 ThinQ.

Each of the entries in this chart comes with an overview, specifications list, and a summary of all the key good and bad points you may wish to consider. You'll soon know exactly what the best LG phone for you is. 

Not sure if an LG device is for you? Check out our other smartphone best-of guides for more insight.

Disclaimer

As noted above LG has stopped making phones, which means that updates for existing handsets may not be guaranteed either (though in at least the short term LG claims to be continuing software support). Bear this in mind before buying.

The best LG phones in 2021:

LG V60 ThinQ 5G

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1. LG V60 ThinQ 5G

The best LG phone, if you can find it

Specifications
Release date: March 2020
Weight: 218g
Dimensions: 169.3 x 77.6 x 8.9 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.8-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2460
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: Dual 16MP + 13MP
Front camera: 10MP
Reasons to buy
+Amazing battery life +Top performance 
Reasons to avoid
-Display only 60Hz-Very large 

The LG V60 is the best LG phone for some time. It has a big, bright display that looks great, although it only has a 60Hz refresh rate - normal for most phones, but similar spec flagships like the OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 have 120Hz, making them more fluid looking.

The V60 excels in battery life with a genuine two day battery life, top performance from the Snapdragon 865 chip and 5G compatibility. Most purchases also come with the Dual Screen case. It’s bulky, but adds a second screen so you can run two apps side by side or use it as a Nintendo 3DS-style game pad.

With a Quad-DAC headphone jack and superb video controls for the dual cameras, the LG V60 is a content creator’s ideal smartphone. 

Read our LG V60 ThinQ 5G review.

LG G7 ThinQ

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2. LG G7 ThinQ

LG flagship quality with a bit of value

Specifications
Release date: Q2 2018
Weight: 162g
Dimensions: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Screen size: 6.1-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3120
CPU: Snapdragon 845
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Battery: 3,000mAh
Rear camera: Dual 16MP
Front camera: 8MP
Reasons to buy
+Big, bright display+Wide-angle camera
Reasons to avoid
-Small battery-Not exciting

The LG G7 ThinQ is the latest in one of LG's two flagship phone lines (the other being the V series). Although it has effectively been succeeded by the LG V40, the G7's lower price and high-end specs help it win out.

The phone packs a powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset, giving it about as much horsepower as you could need. With 6.1 inches of high-resolution OLED display, it's definitely pretty where it counts and gets extra bright, helping visibility in direct sunlight. It's all rounded out by an glass front and back with a notched display; Overall, the design is uninspired, but serviceable.

While LG's AI features are neat in theory, it's really the flexibility offered by the wide-angle camera on the back that helps the device stand out. On the media side, the LG G7 has surprisingly  powerful speakers if you like to listen to music or podcasts directly from your smartphone.

Read our LG G7 ThinQ review

LG V40 ThinQ

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3. LG V40 ThinQ

Still a premium choice

Specifications
Release date: Q3 2018
Weight: 169g
Dimensions: 158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm
OS: Android 8.1
Screen size: 6.4-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3120
CPU: Snapdragon 845
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Battery: 3,300mAh
Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP
Front camera: 8MP + 5MP
Reasons to buy
+Five cameras+Light yet solid build+Beautiful display
Reasons to avoid
-Small battery-Too expensive

The LG V40 ThinQ is to the G7 what the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is to the Galaxy S9: a  similar yet bigger and slightly higher-spec sibling. The V40 has a 6.4-inch OLED display that's both sharp and ready to display HDR10 content. On top of that, the phone features a versatile five-camera system with three on the rear and two on the front, even adding in HDR10 video recording.

Unsurprisingly, the LG V40 also runs on a Snapdragon 845 chipset, but comes with 6BG of RAM by default. The notched display is another feature it shares with the LG G7. 

Audiophiles can enjoy the 32-Bit Quad DAC built in and the support for DTS:X surround sound. If you're adventurous, the phone's IP68 rating against water and dust along with its MIL-STD-810G shock resistance are reassuring, so you don't have to worry as much about damaging your investment while out and about.

Read our LG V40 ThinQ review

LG Velvet

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4. LG Velvet

A reinvented look

Specifications
Release date: May 2020
Weight: 180g
Dimensions: 167.2 x 74.1 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.8-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2460
CPU: Snapdragon 765/765G
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,300mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front camera: 16MP
Reasons to buy
+Superb design+Solid performance
Reasons to avoid
-Underwhelming cameras-No Quad-DAC

The Velvet is LG admitting its design had become a little stale, and so the company has delivered an attractive device with curved edges that make it seem slimmer even though the screen is the same size as the V60’s.

The phone has the Snapdragon 765 in Korea and the 765G in the US (both support 5G) but as ever with LG, it’s frustratingly difficult to get the phone in other countries so you might have to import. That’s a shame because there’s a lot to like here with solid performance, an improved software skin and a headphone jack, even though it lacks the Quad DAC of other LG phones so the sound quality isn’t quite as good.

Cameras are the phone’s downside, with noticeably iffy results from all lenses. The main sensor just about holds it together but the digital zoom is not great, and the ultrawide isn’t as good as we've come to expect from LG, the company who popularised the lens on phones. 

Read our LG Velvet review

LG Wing 5G phone

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5. LG Wing 5G

A bold novelty that mostly pays off

Specifications
Release date: October 2020
Weight: 260g
Dimensions: 169.5 x 74.5 x 10.9 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.8-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2460
CPU: Snapdragon 765G
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Rear camera: 64MP+13MP+12MP
Front camera: 32MP
Reasons to buy
+Novel swivel-screen+Respectable specs
Reasons to avoid
-Basic multi-screen software-No telephoto camera

The LG Wing 5G is different from most other phones. It has a front screen that swivels horizontally and upwards to reveal a smaller display underneath. That means more screen real estate while still being something you can hold with one hand.

It doesn't quite succeed as its accompanying multi-screen software is pretty basic but the potential is certainly there. Elsewhere, it has decent hardware under the hood so it can cope with what you throw at it. 

Just a shame there's no telephoto camera and the phone doesn't quite live up to its ambitious beginnings. 

Read our full LG Wing 5G review.

LG G8 ThinQ

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6. LG G8 ThinQ

LG's smartphone with air gestures and Hand ID

Specifications
Release date: April 2019
Weight: 167g
Dimensions: 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 6.1-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3120
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3,500mAh
Rear camera: 12MP + 16MP + 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Reasons to buy
+Hole-less vibrating top speaker+Vibrant OLED screen
Reasons to avoid
-Hand ID tech is done in vein-Rather expensive

The LG G8 ThinQ was LG's attempt at a 'futuristic' phone – it has Hand ID that scans the veins in your hand to open the phone, and gestures that let you navigate the device just by waving your hand through the air above the phone.

Not all of these work perfectly though, and so the LG G8 ThinQ doesn't exactly fill all its promises. 

But the handset still has some great features, like a cutting-edge chipset and a vibrating screen that functions as a speaker, so you can do a lot worse than it.

Read our full review: LG G8 ThinQ

LG V50 ThinQ

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7. LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG's first 5G phone

Specifications
Release date: May 2019
Weight: 183g
Dimensions: 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 6.4-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3120
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP
Front camera: 8MP + 5MP
Reasons to buy
+Bright, sharp display+Variety of cameras
Reasons to avoid
-Dated design-Unjustified price

LG's first 5G phone, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, is... well... it's the LV V40, but with 5G connection, really. There are a few spec upgrades here and there, and it's got all the dual-screen functionality that the previous phone had, but it's definitely a very similar device.

So why is the LG V50 ThinQ 5G lower on this list than the V40? That's because it's being sold at a much higher price, which makes recommending it a tricky affair. It's even more expensive than certain 5G phones, when it perhaps doesn't justify it.

Saying that, it's still an impressive device in a few ways, especially if you're a fan of the dual-screen set-up, so it'll be a useful device for certain people. And if you're an LG fan who needs 5G connection, it's your only option.

Read our LG V50 ThinQ 5G review 

LG G8X ThinQ

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8. LG G8X ThinQ

An affordable dual screen option

Specifications
Release date: November 2019
Weight: 192g
Dimensions: 159.3 x 75.8 x 8.4 mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 6.4-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP + 13MP
Front camera: 32MP
Reasons to buy
+A decent price for two screens +Great gaming features 
Reasons to avoid
-Few useful multi-screen uses -Very bulky screen case 

The LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen (what a mouthful) offers the advantages of a foldable design at a normal smartphone price. But unlike the actual folding displays of the Samsung Galaxy Fold or Motorola Razr, the G8 is a normal smartphone that ships with a clip-on second screen case.

This means it’s best for viewing two apps side by side, or turning the unit landscape to use as a controlpad for mobile gaming. 

It’s not a smartphone design that many people are crying out for and it is quite niche, but with a Snapdragon 855 and double the screens, for the price the G8X might be the LG phone for you.

Read our full LG G8X ThinQ review

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