After a string of leaks and delays LG has finally taken the covers off of its first major flagship of 2018: the G7 ThinQ.
Although the phone doesn’t look extraordinary by any means, it does promise to make a lot of noise in the market, literally.
Design and Display
The phone embraces the notch of the iPhone X, with even sleeker bezels than before. And while it is still a premium flagship with a glass build, it also boosts IP68 and even military-grade MIL-STD-810G certification.
The Full Vision display is no slouch itself. Though, an LCD M+ panel rather than an OLED, it measures 6.1-inch in size with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It boasts an impressive 3120 x 1440 (QHD+) resolution, though, the real kicker is the 1000 nits of brightness, making this the brightest HDR 10 compliant display on a phone.
Internals and Storage
Under the hood, you get Qualcomm’s greatest with the Snapdragon 845 chip and Adreno 630 GPU duo. The processor has eight Kryo 385 cores in two quad-core clusters.
There’s also 4/6 GB RAM as well as 64/128 GB of storage. The software running on the phone is Android 8.0 Oreo.
On the connectivity front, you get USB-C for charging, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE-A, and optional dual-SIM connectivity. The slot also doubles as a microSD card slot.
The back boasts a duo of 16 MP cameras, with one primary and one wide-angle sensor. The former comes with OIS, f/1.6, and PDAF, while the latter with a wide 107-degree f/1.9 lens. Both the sensors are made by Sony.
The front also comes with an 8 MP f/1.9 lens, which also comes with a 90-degree lens.
The battery capacity is set at 3000 mAh storage, supporting Quick Charge 3.0 as well as wireless charging.
Special New Features
The LG G7 ThinQ, as is the norm with LG flagships, banks on the company’s audio pedigree. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack, to begin with, and it also comes with what LG calls “Boombox” speaker.
It uses the phone’s body as a resonance chamber to enhance audio output, so expect it to get really loud, even in noisy situations.
Further, there is support for 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC audio. The duo of microphones can pick up sounds from up to five meters.
The phone is also the first to come with a Google Assistant hardware key on the sides, which is for taking on Samsung apparently.
The phone will be available in a bunch of colors, such as Aurora Black, Raspberry Red, Platinum Gray and Moroccan Blue.
The G7 also comes with a bunch of AI-related features in the AI Pack 2.0, however, there is not much to see here other than the automatic pixel binning under low-light snaps.
Pricing is unknown as of now, however, as is the phone’s availability. Expect it to cost more than $650 (G6’s launch price) and less than $800 (rumored). This should put it squarely in Galaxy S9’s $720 price category.
LG G7 ThinQ Specifications
- CPU:1.7 GHz Kryo 385 + 2.8 GHz Kryo 385
- GPU: Adreno 630
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Optional Dual-SIM
- 6.1” , 19.5:9 aspect ratio, LCD M+ with 3120 x 1440 (QHD+) resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- HDR 10 Compliant
- RAM: 6 GB
- Internal: 128 GB
- Card slot: yes
- Primary: 16 MP f/1.6 with OIS & PDAF + 16 MP f/1.9 wide-angle
- Secondary: 8 MP f/1.9, wide-angle
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE-A, USB-C, VoLTE, GPS
- Fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 3000 mAh, Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless charging
- Price: Less than $800 (rumored)