LG has officially unveiled the LG G7 ThinQ on the 2nd of May and has finally joined back to the other popular devices – competing for a better rank on the smartphone business.
It’s going to be a hard challenge for LG to accomplish and win that competition, however they have further improved what has already worked really well among new customers and their fans – the G6. The G7 almost improves everything over the G6 from last year, so let’s take a look.
First, let’s start with the name. LG G7 ThinQ. LG decided to add the weird “ThinQ” name to their flagship device that almost no one will use in a video, and even in many written formats – and so this is the last time you see this from us.
In terms of design, the LG G7 doesn’t offer anything new that we haven’t seen in 2018. It has an all-glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on front/back) with an aluminium frame, a nearly bezel-less design with a notch on top and a dual-cam setup on the rear.
In my opinion, the design has been much improved upon the already great looking LG G6 from last year – and it’s made even more premium looking – except the notch.
LG has decided to jump on the new trend wagon and equip their device with a brand new display with a notch on top. The display is a 6.1″ QHD+ IPS LCD display with the aspect ratio of 19:5:9 and the resolution of 3120 x 1440. Thanks to the brand new display technology, the display is HDR 10 compliant and the brightness can be boosted up to a whooping 1000 nits – could definitely be useful during many occasions – at the cost of the battery, of course.
As for the notch, do not worry – if you are like me, you’ll worry about it – but luckily you will be able to hide it and/or customise it to your likings if that’s what you’re into (feature is called “New Second Screen”). Though, it’s worth mentioning that customising with your own colours will mostly just make the notch appear in a more visual way – so maybe avoid doing it, if you’re not a fan of it.
On the specifications side – there isn’t anything to complain about. It comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s worth mentioning that there’s also a 4GB RAM version with 64GB of storage – however that is still very sufficient for 2018. Also, you can any time upgrade your storage via a MicroSD card slot.
As for features, the G7 has everything that you might need and expect. It has Bluetooth 5.0 with a DAC that supports high quality audio playback, IP68 certified as well as Military grade 810G compliant, NFC. Dual-SIM (market dependent), and your much beloved 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom and of course – a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left side.
The Google Assistant button is a rather bold move from LG, however we can’t really be mad at the company for including something that is actually very useful *cough- if you are a user that uses it, of course.
The camera has also been drastically improved. There are a pair of 16MP shooters on the back. The main one is a 71 degree sensor with f/1.6 aperture and OIS. The secondary is a wide lens at 107 degrees and it has f/1.9 and no OIS, but it has a fixed focus. As you’d expect by the name “ThinQ”, yes, it has AI features built-in to the camera – this seems to be a highlighting feature so far in 2018 – but thanks to AI, the secondary camera can assist the main shooter to take better portraits, so it’s not bad after all.
The rubbish selfie camera from the G6 is gone and LG has finally equipped a flagship with a decent selfie shooter. It’s an 8MP f/1.9, wide angle at 90 degrees. From the images we’ve seen so far, it looks like its usable and not just for decoration like it was on the G6 (it was only usable in bright conditions).
The speaker has also been worked on to improve the audio quality. Thanks to LG’s efforts, it can now simulate 7.1 surround sound – which is a first in a smartphone and a rather unique decision/feature.
The 3.5mm audio jack will provide you with a high-end 32bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC – and we are very happy to see this staying with the LG high-end lineup.
One more feature that is included is the Wireless Charging capability. This will allegedly not be market dependent, so it should now be available for all around the world. Why did this take so long LG??… Anyways, we’re happy to finally have it. Speaking of charging, the G7 has a 3000 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 to allow you to charge it up in a short amount of time.
The LG G7 will come with Android Oreo on top of LG’s own custom User Interface that is still cartoonish – even if it’s a little more polished compared to what was on the LG G6 last year. We can only just hope that it won’t take LG nearly a year to release a new Android version and provide timely security patches – although that remains to be seen in the coming months.
Colour wise, the G7 will be available in New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue and Raspberry Red. It will cost somewhere around £649, Netherlands €750-849, ~$770-880.
Overall, it seems like LG has finally got it right this time by including top-notch class hardware – it remains to be seen how the camera compares to other flagships on the market as well as the battery life – but judging by the previous flagship, the G6, we have very high hopes that it’ll turn out to be great.
What do you ThinQ of the new LG G7? (Sorry, bad joke). Do you consider upgrading and picking it up? Let us know in the comments down below!