There has been a lot of hype over recent months about a new G7 flagship smartphone from LG. We’ve been seeing leaks and reports pertaining to the phone dating back to early in the year, but the LG G7 ThinQ is now officially here. Droid Turf has you covered wall-to-wall on everything that’s important to take away from LG’s G7 ThinQ event in the Big Apple city.
Considering LG’s constant teasers and giving away of information prior to the event, those of you who have been keeping up with the news can probably accurately predict many of the phone’s specifications and features. But if you’re a newcomer, we have the in-depth spec list for you. This year’s LG G Series model is a little late to the party, but is full of the high-end hardware we wanted. There are also some features we didn’t want, and they’re here anyway! The amount of groundbreaking improvements is low, but there are plenty of reasons to upgrade, as the smartphone is definitely a step up over last year’s LG G6. There are substantial upgrades, and subtle changes you may not notice, but all are in chase of a more perfect Android smartphone worthy of a 2018 flagship. There’s a fresh, modern design that follows suite with many of today’s latest trends, and the internals have been improved significantly over past LG phones. But, in a way, LG is moving away from the LG we once knew, going in the direction of trying to be more like others.
Let’s take a look at the official in-depth LG G7 ThinQ spec sheet.
LG G7 ThinQ
- Screen: 6.1-inch Quad HD+ IPS LCD Full Vision 19.5:9 Display (3,120 x 1,440)
- Dimensions: 153.2 mm x 71.9 mm x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 162g
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
- Storage: 64GB
- Expandable: Yes, microSD card (up to 2TB)
- Graphics: Vulkan API, Adreno 630
- Camera: Rear-facing 16MP with f/1.6, secondary rear 16MP wide-angle lens with f/1.9, 8MP front-facing with f/1.9
- Software: Android 8.0 Oreo, Google Assistant, LG AI Pack 2.0
- Sensors: Fingerprint reader, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
- Water and dust resistance: IP68
- Battery: 3,000mAh capacity (non-removable)
- Charging: Wireless, Quick Charge 3.0 (via USB Type-C)
- Colors: Platinum Gray, Aurora, Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose
- Other notable specs: Bluetooth 5.0 LE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz), GPS, NFC, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Dolby Vision
- Headphone jack: yes
In terms of design, the LG G7 ThinQ brings back the near bezel-less edge-to-edge Full Vision display. Phones like the LG G6, LG V30 and LG V30 ThinQ brought this to market, and this year’s model thins borders down even further to match market rivals in terms of high screen to body ratio. When compared to modern-day Android smartphones and past LG models, the LG G7 ThinQ will be even taller and narrower at an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The trend has been 18:9, so this is getting to be a whole new form factor for more space on-screen. The absence of a home button has allowed LG to slim down the bezels even further with only a small chin at the bottom of the phone, making for a more immersive viewing experience. Best of all, you’ll be protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
LG’s new design is compromised a bit because of the display notch it has put up top that takes up a bit of space. The notch by LG is a big move to be more like the competition, but does indicate LG’s movement into more modern and trendy smartphone design. In fact, LG and OEMs are not the only ones embracing the notch, Google’s Android P software overhaul adopts it and lets users tinker with different notch styles. For those who don’t appreciate it, LG is among the first to include a software setting allowing users to disable it. Users can also customize it to their liking.
On the software side of things, LG G7 ThinQ uses Android 8.0 Oreo, but may be updated to Android P ahead of other phones later this year. That’s because of the company’s new Software Upgrade Center for providing fast over-the-air updates. LG has also included a much-needed overhaul of its software skin which includes new but useful software functions including the company’s new AI set of features. This is a ‘ThinQ’ device after all, meaning all of LG’s AI and machine learning functions are on board to utilize. These first came out on LG V30S ThinQ, but have since rolled out to some other LG models. We’ve outlined them here. There are also a slew of design changes throughout the interface that make for a lighter and more cohesive look. The camera has also been improved with built-in AI and can take better photos with its upgraded dual lens and wide-angle. When it comes to camera features and capabilities for creators, there are none better than the LG G7 ThinQ with various shooting modes and manual mode for photographers.
For security, LG has an improved fingerprint scanner on the back of its phone in a round sensor like many other top-tier Android devices. The phone also supports LG Pay where available thanks to NFC. Another software feature unique to high-end LG phones is LG’s latest Always On Display, which can be customized to provide information at a glance. The floating bar has come over from LG V30 by popular demand and users can create shortcuts for apps and features for quick access. One of the options is expanded screen capture, which allows you to easily take a screenshot of a whole web page and not just what’s on screen. Other features new to the G Series include taptic feedback, which is for vibration when tapping things on screen. Another is app scaling, which eliminates the common black bars throughout apps designed for the old 16:9 ratio by fitting content to screen. Lastly, LG will grant owners the ability to change the screen resolution of the device from settings to save battery life or get the most out of the display. Color temperature modes can also be set from settings and the LG G7 ThinQ can reach an insane peak brightness of 1,000 nits, the highest of any smartphone to date. This should make the screen visible even in the outdoors, which is a huge plus for people who spend a lot of time there. Best of all, the screen will still be power efficient, 30% over recent LG phones.
LG is also including Google Assistant with addition to its own companion AI digital assistant. These are open platform and allow the developer community to improve the experience by rolling out new functions as we’ve seen. They also improve with time and use. To access an assistant when you need it, LG has included a hardware key that can be set to launch the Google Assistant with a press. If only Samsung could do this with its dedicated hardware button. LG G7 ThinQ also packs the much-needed and returning Hi-Fi Quad DAC, but at the bottom of the phone rather than on front where we wanted them. The speaker grille supports Dolby Atmos Audio for a top of the line surround sound-like listening experience when compared to some other phones in the product category. LG calls it ‘Boombox’ and it gets really loud.
LG will need a quicker release this time around and will look for sales to get off to a good start around the world after disappointing results plagued the company’s mobile division for many quarters prior. The company has given us something many will undoubtedly consider as their next handheld, but as we know, stepping in line and actually purchasing one is a totally different story. The South Korean company will need to persuade customers to make the switch, and bring back past LG flagship owners to be successful. This is easier said than done. The market is very crowded right now with offerings that all look and perform nearly the same, making it tough on the consumer to choose. LG will have to market heavily, and be careful not to price its new phone too high. If you have a phone that’s less than one year old, the AI features, new design with aluminum frame and back, and display notch are the main differences you’re looking at. If you have an older LG phone, you can also look forward to improved battery life and better camera quality.
Since there may or may not be an LG V40 later this year, holding out would not be a bad thing but I would not expect many differences between any future device and the more radically new LG G7 ThinQ. We don’t know what the LG V40 or LG V40 ThinQ will bring, or if it’ll even happen at all, which might be something to consider when making a decision whether to buy. If you have a phone that’s more than one year old, which is a long time in modern days, we’d say go for it or wait till LG offers a deal, as LG G7 ThinQ will most likely satisfy all your needs plus more. But if you bought a phone recently from a company other than LG, you should probably wait. The phone will be available to markets beginning June 1 unlocked, with most carriers getting it soon after. It’ll be interested to see how it stacks up with rivals.
LG packed just about all you could want in LG G7 ThinQ, but its shady notch, heavy software and growing similarity could prove its greatest downfall. It’ll be interesting to see if it sells like it deserves this summer against phones like the Galaxy S9. Which would you buy? Let us know your upgrade dilemma in the comments.
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