LG is one of those brands that need no instigation about the quality of its smartphones. Its premium offerings are always a class apart while its budget and pocket-friendly devices have at least one feature that makes the device unique.
LG K7i is one such device that offers a feature that is not only unique but also never thought of before. The smartphone has a system that repels mosquitoes. That's right! The Mosquito Away technology keeps away the parasites that trouble nearly 70 percent of country's population.
The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 7,990 and will be available across retail stores throughout India.
Now before you look down upon the device I suggest you go ahead and read our first impression of it.
Specifications: Fails to compete!
The smartphone runs on a quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of inbuilt storage and a 5-inch on-cell display. The smartphone has a 2,500 mAh battery along with micro USB 2.0 port.
The rear camera on the device has an 8MP sensor while the front snapper is equipped with a 5MP sensor. It also has the front and rear flash for taking pictures in low-lit ambiance. The smartphone runs Android Marshmallow which is fairly outdated considering the fact that even entry-level smartphones are offering Android Nougat out-of-the-box.
The smartphone weighs 138 grams and comes in only one color which is Brown.
Design: Well crafted!
The Mosquito Away technology on LG K7i also gives the smartphone a very different design. The front panel of the smartphone is no different. It has camera and sensors on the top along with ear-piece. The front panel has no touch capacitive buttons. Instead, it has the home, back and multitasking switch on a retractable tray on the display itself.
The volume rockers are on the left edge of the device. Micro USB 2.0 port is at the bottom whereas, the 3.5 mm audio jack is on top.
Now talking about the rear panel, it is unlike any other smartphone available in the market today. It has the camera, flash and the power toggle lined up from top to bottom. The power toggle looks like it houses the fingerprint sensor which it does not. The rear panel then outgrows into a hump with a slight curvature in the width transition.
Then comes a big hexagonal grill that has the Mosquito Away hardware technology behind it followed by the LG logo. The speaker grill is a single narrow slot next to the logo.
The rear panel of the smartphone has a groovy texture which only adds up to the aesthetics of the device. It also has a wide golden periphery along the edges of the front panel which tries to hide the bezel around the display.
The smartphone looks decent enough and few well-thought elements of the design make it unique and at the same time good to look at. Although it has an increased width for the lower half, the curvature gives it a nice grip and it fits comfortably in hands.
Camera: Works well!
The device has an 8MP rear camera which has a quick autofocus. There are no frame drops while using the camera. It captures well saturated and amply exposed pictures. Low light performance of the rear camera is not too good although it gets the work done.
The front camera has a 5MP sensor and it is enough to capture some bright and well-lit pictures. It is also supported by a front flash which makes taking pictures in low light easy. Both the front and rear cameras capture pictures with a hint of over-saturation. Although, the colors in the pictures are vibrant and look natural.
Display: Outdated On-cell display
The smartphone has a 5-inch On-cell display. The on-cell display technology is now pretty much outdated. Using an outdated technology certainly, hurts the quality of the display on LG K7i. It lacks sharpness and clarity. However, it is not oversaturated as compared to smartphones with sub-par display quality in the price segment.
Operating system and UI
The LG K7i runs Android Marshmallow 6.0 which is now offered on very few devices out-of-the-box. LG should have provided Nougat on K7i since it has very few specifications that match up to its rivals in the price segment.
The user interface of the smartphone is pretty basic and easy to use which makes the case for the device.
Conclusion: A life-changing technology
The LG K7i is a very basic smartphone and its specifications are not too competitive. There are devices from Chinese manufacturers that boast up 3GB of RAM and have better camera apps in the same price segment. The display is certainly outdated and so is the Android version that the mobile phone runs.
Talking about the 'Mosquito Away' technology, we do not know how well does it actually functions. However, in my opinion, LG has come up with a commendable technology that has the potential to actually change the lives of people who choose to use the smartphone.
Given the fact that in India thousands of cases of Dengue, Chikungunya and other mosquito borne diseases are reported every year, this technology has the potential to make a change. A technology that has potential to save lives, should not be looked down upon.
As far as the smartphone and its specifications are concerned, LG should have priced the smartphone yet more generously.
We will provide you an in depth insight of the device once we review it thoroughly.