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LG G3 vs Oppo Find 7: the QHD horizon approaches

With the official relase of the LG G3 in the US market rapidly approaching in mid-July, consumers desperate for an Android device with a massive QHD display have a choice to make: go with the South Korean OEM making a major comeback with the G3, or take a chance on a lesser known startup out of China with the Oppo Find 7.

AndroidPIT LG G3 Oppo Find 7 front
The big two QHD smartphone choices right now: LG G3 (left) and Oppo Find 7. / © AndroidPIT

We won't go into much detail on aesthetics here because the point of this article is to compare hardware specs and price. We've added some comparison images so you know what the basic design differences are like between the two devices but the major purchasing choice that we're expecting for most consumers is price and the good stuff inside. So which device should you fork out for?

AndroidPIT LG G3 Oppo Find 7 back
Both the Oppo Find 7 (left) and LG G3 are striking devices design-wise. / © AndroidPIT
  LG G3 Oppo Find 7
System Android 4.4.2, Optimus UI  Android 4.4.2, Color OS 2.0 (based on Android 4.3) or CyanogenMod
Display 5.5-inch IPS+ LCD, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 534 ppi 5.5-inch IPS LCD, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 534 ppi
Processor Quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330 Quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330
RAM 2 GB (16 GB model) / 3 GB (32 GB model) 3 GB
Internal Storage 16/32 GB + microSD (up to 128 GB) 32 GB + microSD (up to 128 GB)
Battery 3,000 mAh, removable, Qi charging 3,000 mAh, removable
Camera 13 MP (rear) with OIS+ and laser auto-focus, 2.1 MP (front), 4K video 13 MP (rear), 5 MP (front), 4K video
Connectivity GSM/HSDPA/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 2.0, IR blaster GSM/HSDPA/LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 2.0
Dimensions 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm 152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm
Weight 149 g 171 g
Price 599 USD (32 GB/3 GB) 599 USD

As you can see there's not much in it as far as specs go. Both devices have the same size and resolution screen, both have striking appearances and built-in features you won't get anywhere else. One comes with either CyanogenMod or Color OS based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the other with a cleaned up manufacturer skin over the top of Android 4.4.2. The G3's Optimus UI certainly looks more modern and fresh, but user interfaces are a matter of personal preference. Hardware is where we can compare apples to apples.

AndroidPIT LG G3 Oppo Find 7 side
Both have curved rears, but the Find 7 (bottom) is thicker and has a larger footprint. / © AndroidPIT

If we look at the 32 GB versions, both are running the same processor, RAM and 3,000 mAh removable battery, and both have microSD expansion. They have the same resolution cameras and very similar connectivity options. The differences come in the details: the G3 has a noticeably smaller footprint than the Find 7, despite sharing the exact same size display. The G3 also supports Qi wireless charging for its removable battery: another option the Find 7 misses out on, although the Find 7 supports fast charging. The G3 is noticeably lighter as well and has what I would call a superior camera, even if the Oppo's speaker is better. Both devices cost the same, but LG has better distribution, support and a newer version of Android to boot. While I appluad Oppo and highly regard the Find 7, for my money I'd still lean towards the G3.

Which device do you prefer? Are you considering a QHD smartphone?


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  • CJ Brown Jul 14, 2014 Link to comment

    well, since I doubt the OnePlus will be available to purchase this year for consmers, I think the Oppo Find 7 gets my choice (but only if it goes on sale for $400) ...

  • As the price is concerned both devices cost 599$ and, that too the features are same I would like to buy a branded LG phone instead of having a Chinese manufacturer phone!

  • It's clear that Oppo Find 7 is quite an amazing device. It's usually G3 this and G3 that, but I would rather try this one instead. It's purely personal, plus no software navigation bar.

  • The article makes no mention of OPPO's fast charging abilities and also states that the battery is non removable when in fact it is removable. Come on, get your facts straight, at least! Also, off contract the OPPO Find 7 is cheaper than the LG G3 by quite some margin.

    • Hey @Dion, I've added that reference in.and I've corrected the typo about non-removable battery. Thanks for the reminder! Can you send me a link to the off-contract price for the Find 7?

  • Den Ce Jul 6, 2014 Link to comment

    OPPO also have ''super fast'' battery charging (30 min from 0% to 100%).
    Your specific chart suggest that OPPO battery is non-removable, is it right?

  • I'm a bit disappointed with the lack of control on the G3(leaned down settings) that I've been reading about. I wanted to ask, if via 3rd party camera apps (i.e. Google's camera app) the user is able to gain more control over the finer intricacies of the hardware.

    • I think it should be possible. Also I agree with you. The phone could have had a lot more options in settings like for gestures, etc. It feels like the phone is not being used to its full capabilities and I would probably end up rooting it soon.

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