LG has just announced their latest flagship, the LG G7 ThinQ. LG G7 is a successor to the LG G6, the seventh iteration in the LG G line of phones. Here in this article, you can read all about the LG G7 ThinQ including specs, price, availability, and our first impressions.
LG G5 and LG G6 made their debut at MWC in 2016 and 2017 respectively. However, this year LG decided to break with tradition and postpone the premiere of LG G7 ThinQ. The Koreans wanted to refine it in every aspect so that the smartphone would reverse the bad luck of the LG mobile department for three years. Will it work? time will show, but the device is without a doubt a piece of decent equipment.
LG G7 ThinQ Specifications & Our Impressions
The LG G7 ThinQ is flagship number 7 in the popular G-series of LG and is presented today in New York. With this new flagship, LG wants to focus on the advanced processor, exceptionally clear display, smart camera, and boom audio.
LG G7 ThinQ Design
There have been several changes made to the LG G7 (I will call this phone just LG G7 in the rest of the article, I don’t know why they added this stupid word to the name) when it comes to design. Not that LG has delivered something extraordinary but it is different from the LG G6 and LG V30 but not so different than many other smartphones.
One major change which many will like, some won’t (including me) is the inclusion of a notch. The reason I don’t like it is that has a reputation for being original, copying a controversial feature does not seem like a great move. The only reason for a not is to offer a good screen-body-ratio to make the screen bigger yet keeping the overall size of the phone smaller. LG V30 has a great screen-to-body ratio without a notch. Apple made the iPhone X unique by introducing the notch but since everyone else is going after the notch, soon phones without notches will become unique.
Luckily LG has included a built-in software feature to hide the notch so this is not that bad after all. One more new design feature is the inclusion of a dedicated Google Assistant button. Unfortunately, just like the Samsung Bixby button, the Google Assistant button on the LG G7 is also not remappable. Also, the power button has been moved from the fingerprint scanner module to the side of the device.
Another design change in the LG G7 is the design of the dual camera module. While the LG G6 and LG V30 had a horizontally set camera module, the dual camera module on LG G7 is vertical. The flash and laser light have been located to the side which isn’t the ideal position in my opinion. It would have looked more refined if the flash and the laser light would have been placed inside the camera housing.
The rest of the design is just like the LG G6, or LG V30. The phone retains the audio jack at the bottom. There are a USB Type-C port and a single but very loud speaker. The back of the phone is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 which also let the phone support wireless charging. The phone is also IP68 certified which means you can shoot those wide-angle selfies even under water.
LG G7 Display
While LG has featured OLED panels on the LG V30, and LG V30 ThinQ, LG has decided to stick to IPS LCD panel with LG G7. The only reason behind this decision seems to make the device more affordable or maybe to have some diversity in its devices to attract both the OLED and LCD lovers.
The IPS LCD panel is 6.1 inches i.e less than a half centimeter larger than its predecessor but not wider. The resolution is WQHD+ i.e 3120×1440 pixels which result in a pixel density of 563 PPI. The aspect ratio is 19.5:9.
It is worth mentioning that the maximum value of the display backlight is 1000 rivets. In addition, the user can choose between six modes: Auto, Eco, Cinema, Sports, Game, and Expert. The smartphone constantly analyzes what will be displayed and automatically sets parameters that best emphasize and enhance the content, while optimizing energy consumption. Dolby Vision and HDR10 technologies have also been added.
LG G7: What’s Under the Hood?
The LG G7 ThinQ is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor which is composed of eight cores Kryo 385 and produced by using the 10-nm process technology of the second generation. The GPU is of Adreno 630 variety.
The basic version of the offer 4GB of RAM and LPDDR4X 64GB UFS 2.1 built-in type, and second, with “Plus” in the name offers 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage. The memory can be further expanded by a microSD card slot which is a rarity these days.
The only disappointment that I feel about this smartphone is its battery. While brands like Huawei and Xiaomi are featuring batteries as large as 4,000 mAh, LG has shrunk down the battery from 3300 mAh in LG G6 to just 3000 mAh in LG G7 ThinQ (no thank you). LG says the device is 30% more power efficient but wouldn’t it be great to make the phone 30% more power-efficient while retaining the same battery capacity?
LG G7 Camera
The dual camera setup from the LG G6 has made its way to the LG G7 only this time the camera module has been set vertically. The primary camera has a 16-megapixel sensor and a f/1.6 aperture. The same applies to the secondary camera (f/1.9) which again houses a wide-angle lens. Earlier LG used to include an inferior quality sensor behind the wide-angle lens but this time, the sensor behind the wide angle is the same (Sony IMX351) as the sensor behind the main camera. There are certain compromises, of course, like there is no OIS on the wide-angle camera. The wide camera is also less wide this year i.e 107 degrees down from 125 degrees.
One of the biggest failings of the last two LG phones has been the mediocre selfie camera and that has been corrected with the LG G7. The new 8-megapixel sensor is capable of much crisper photos and a lot more texture. The selfie camera is also wide angle to fit much more in the frame.
Just like the LG V30 ThinQ or the Huawei P20, the LG G7 also makes use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) which can recognize what the user intends to photograph and automatically adjusts the parameters to make the photo work out the best. In total, There are 19 scenarios dedicated to different circumstances. In addition, the manufacturer ensures that even under poor lighting conditions, the photographs will be adequately illuminated and bright.
There is also a Live Photo Mode. It captures one second before and after pressing the button, to capture unexpected moments and spontaneous expressions. There are also stickers that add 2D and 3D overlays based on your face, such as sunglasses. And yes, the portrait mode has also made it to LG G7.
LG G7 Audio: Hi-Fi Quad DAC
With the G7 it is possible to amplify the sound up to ten times. With the Boombox Speaker function, the LG G7 ThinQ is able to generate this sound without the need for an external speaker. When the LG G7 is on a solid surface or box, it also uses its resonance chamber as a woofer to further enhance the bass effect.
In addition, the G7 is the first smartphone that uses DTS: X to create 3D sound for all types of content, up to 7.1-channel audio with headphones and the device has Hi-Fi Quad DAC just like the LG V30.
LG G7: The ThinQ Part i.e AI
Artificial intelligence is at the forefront of ThinQ and that also applies to the LG G7. This flagship runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and LG UX as a shell but also has ThinQ functions at its disposal that we saw for the first time with the LG V30S ThinQ.
The LG G7 ThinQ also supports the capabilities of Google Lens. This technique from Google connects the camera with artificial intelligence. Google Lens makes it possible to recognize objects that you see on your camera. So you can focus your camera on an image, board or a painting and Google Lens will tell you where it is or what it is. It also has more practical applications in daily life. This way you can use Google Lens to direct your camera to a restaurant and get all kinds of information such as reviews and the menu. You can also select and translate text and that is very helpful when you go out for dinner or go to a doctor. In addition, Google Lens will also recognize plants and animals.
LG G7 Price & Availability
LG G7 will be available in four color versions: Platinum Gray (gray), Aurora Black (black), Moroccan Blue (blue) and Raspberry Rose (pink). We don’t know the exact date of when the phone will hit the market, nor we know anything about the price yet. However, there are some online retailers where they have listed phone with a price tag of approximately 849 euros.
How excited are you about the new LG G7 ThinQ? would you buy one or pass? What would be the ideal price for you to get your hands on this phone? Is the inclusion of the notch a good thing? How excited are you about the camera? let us know in the comments.