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Best LG phones 2020: finding the best LG phone for you

Best LG phones 2020
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Our list of the best LG phones has been updated with the addition of the LG Wing 5G in at number 5. Alongside that are plenty of other LG phones that you might want to consider, including the likes of the LG Velvet and the LG V60 ThinQ.

These and more can be found on our list below, ranked from best to worst (of the best), along with an overview, a specs list, and the main good and bad points about each. So with this guide in hand you should be able to pick not just the best LG phone, but the best one for you.

But if none of them appeal then make sure to check our other smartphone best-of guides, some of which are linked below.

The best LG phones 2020 at a glance:

  1. LG V60 ThinQ 5G
  2. LG G7 ThinQ
  3. LG V40 ThinQ
  4. LG Velvet
  5. LG Wing 5G
  6. LG G8 ThinQ
  7. LG V50 ThinQ 5G
  8. LG G8X ThinQ

LG V60 ThinQ 5G

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1. LG V60 ThinQ 5G

The best LG phone, if you can find it

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

Amazing battery life 
Top performance 
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

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

Big, bright display
Wide-angle camera
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

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

Five cameras
Light yet solid build
Beautiful display
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

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

Superb design
Solid performance
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

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

Novel swivel-screen
Respectable specs
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

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

Hole-less vibrating top speaker
Vibrant OLED screen
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

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

Bright, sharp display
Variety of cameras
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

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

A decent price for two screens 
Great gaming features 
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