Originally designed to work on cheaper phones with more entry-level specs, Google quietly shifted the purpose of its Android One operating system. Think of it as the stock OS that will make your non-Pixel phone as Googley as possible. That includes timely, automatic system and security updates.
The G7 One, though, incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the same processor that powers last year's flagship models and only one generation removed from the current high-end Snapdragon 845 processor in the LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6 and other phones.
The G7 One also carried over the G7 ThinQ's IP68 dust-and-water-resistant build, a 6.1-inch screen with a high pixel density of roughly 560ppi, a 3,000-mAh battery and DTS:X-compatible surround sound system.
The G7 One will get an update later this year with LG's AI Camera capability, but for the most part, Android One devices are chock full of Google's AI and the latest version of the operating system -- in this case Android 8.1 Oreo -- rather than the phone manufacturer's apps and customizations.
Where does it cut corners? It has only a single rear camera, lacks wireless charging capability and looks like it's limited to just 32GB built-in storage. The real value will shake out when LG announces pricing.
LG also revealed an entry-level version of the G7, the G7 Fit, which looks like a variation of the G7 One: it has the lower-end Snapdragon 821 processor and rear camera, but will have a 64GB storage option in the future.
LG hasn't revealed pricing or availability for either phone.