LG announced a couple takedown models of the G7 ThinQ, which is a terrible name, but now I can’t simply drop the ThinQ from the name because there are now two new cheaper G7 versions. One of them is very interesting.

The G7 One takes the G7 ThinQ, replaces this year’s top level Snapdragon 845 chip with last year’s top level Snapdragon 835, limits the RAM to 4 GB, storage to 32 GB (but with microSD), and loses the secondary wide angle camera, but the main camera is the same as before. In the big plus column, it also loses all of LG’s skin over Android and instead runs Android One. It keeps the G7 ThinQ’s screen, body, and high quality audio through both its headphone jack DAC and Boombox speaker.

The G7 Fit takes the cost cutting a step further and drops the chip down to the Snapdragon 821 that was in the LG G6 (and Google Pixel 1), while also running LG’s skin, not Android One. It still has the screen, DAC, speaker, etc.

LG hasn’t announced pricing, other than saying the price on the G7 One will be “remarkable.” If these phones are available as universally-compatible unlocked models, the G7 One would be a great option and very much in line with what I look for in a phone. Except I’m actually pretty damn happy with my cheap-ass Essential PH-1.

My OCD happened to catch that G7 Fit owners might have a pain finding a case that fits the camera correctly. The G7 One appears to have the same camera shape as the G7 ThinQ, just without the second lens for the wide-angle camera. This is the dual camera on the G7 ThinQ:

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Whereas the G7 Fit single camera is a simple circular cutout, so cases for the G7 ThinQ will most likely not line up.

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Maaaaybe the camera lens and flash on the G7 Fit take up the same area as the oblong shape of the lens on the G7 ThinQ and One, but who knows? Not sure really. I’m sure 21 other people have noticed this same problem.

Anyway, my take on this is the G7 Fit is using leftover SD821 inventory from the G6, but allows LG to streamline building more models with the G7 body. The G7 One is the appealing one with its basically-stock Android One software experience.

If LG prices it at $500 or less and makes it universally compatible with US carriers, they could have a low key hit on their hands, at least among folks like myself who want high end-ish hardware and specs, but hate custom Android skins, and don’t want to pay flagship prices.