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LG G7 ThinQ vs iPhone X: Clash of camera-centric flagships

12 May 2018 5

After tons of leaks and rumors, LG recently took the stage to showcase their first flagship of this year G7 ThinQ. This year's flagship is quite important for LG as they are delayed the announcement to build a perfect smartphone so they can compete well against the competition. LG's smartphone business isn't doing well from last few quarters and the company is trying their best to reduce the losses. With each new flagship, LG's hopes are quite high so they can turn around tables.

Like always whenever a new flagship is announced we put in head-to-head competition against the competitors as well as its predecessor. Our comparisons certainly give our readers a pretty good view regarding how the latest device is different from the predecessor and in what aspects the device takes lead over the competitors. Soon after the G7 ThinQ announcement, we put in head-to-head comparison with G6, V30 and many others. Today we will check out how well the G7 ThinQ stands up against the Cupertino giant's 10th anniversary special phone iPhone X.

We are hopeful this comparison will help you better device in what aspects the G7 ThinQ is better than iPhone X and where it lags behind. On paper, both the devices are the best ever produced by the companies. So without any further ado, let's start with the design of both the latest premium smartphones as it is first thing buyers consider before making any choice.

71.9 x 153.2 x 7.9 mm
6.1 inches - 3120x1440 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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Design

From the front-facing side, you may not find any key difference between the two devices apart from the display sizes. Both the device's front looks quite similar due to full front-facing display with a notch at the top. The iPhone X notch can't be turned off but LG is offering the flexibility of turning off the notch from settings. The bezels are extremely thin on both the devices. Both lack physical button and a fingerprint scanner on the front side.

The prominent difference between both the devices is on the rear side. The G7 ThinQ features dual camera setup placed vertically in the center with circular fingerprint scanner below it. Apple opted more stylish way to put the dual rear cameras vertically. The dual sensors on the iPhone are on the top left corner. In terms of build quality and polishing the iPhone X looks better and well build.

The iPhone X chassis is made of steel with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covering the rear side. On the other hand, the G7 ThinQ features an aluminum chassis with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In terms of durability and premiumness, the iPhone X takes lead here. The G7 ThinQ is IP68 certified which means it can resist against 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes whereas the iPhone X is IP67 certified which provides resistance up to 1 meter only.

The LG G7 ThinQ dimensions are 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm and weighs 162g whereas the iPhone X measurements are 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and it is slightly heavier at 174g. The overall feel of both the devices is pretty great, however, the iPhone X has an edge due to being the pioneer in notch design

Display

The display panel on the G7 ThinQ is fairly large as opposed to iPhone X. The G7 ThinQ features a 6.1-inches IPS panel with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9. The iPhone X also sports a 5.8-inches Super AMOLED display panel with Quad HD screen resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels. Its aspect ratio is also 19.5:9. The G7 ThinQ display pixels density is 564 pixels-per-inch whereas the iPhone X panel pixels density is 468 pixels-per-inch.

The prominent aspect of G7 ThinQ display is its six different display modes and brightness level up to 1000 nits. However, despite all these goodies, the iPhone X display is better due to its technology. Despite having one of the brightest panels it still doesn't match the class of AMOLED panel. The colors accuracy and vibrancy on the OLED screen is quite better than LCD and also deep blacks plays an important role in the OLED screen prowess where LCD can't compete. Once again the iPhone X is better.

Hardware

The LG G7 ThinQ being the latest flagship smartphone packs with the best possible chipset. Like most of the latest flagships, the G7 ThinQ is running on the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset. The base variant has 4GB RAM whereas the top-tier model has 6GB RAM. Despite having the latest best possible hardware still, it doesn't have enough power to beat the last year's iPhone X in terms of performance. Although the Snapdragon 845 is the latest Octa-core chipset still it doesn't match Apple A11 Bionic chipset performance in the real world.

In almost all benchmark results the A11 Bionic beats the latest Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance. So either you choose the 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM model both the variants can't beat iPhone X. The A11 Bionic chipset is accompanied with 3GB RAM. The reason behind its performance is good optimization of Apple hardware with iOS.

The G7 ThinQ comes in two configurations on the basis of storage either you can choose 64GB or 128GB storage. Both the variants support memory expansion via MicroSD card. On the other hand, the iPhone X has either 64GB or 256GB variant. Its storage can't be further expanded. As a daily driver both the devices is ultra fast in handling tasks.

Specs LG G7 ThinQ Apple iPhone X
Display 6.1-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 A11 Bionic
RAM 4/6GB 3GB
Storage 64/128GB Expandable via MicroSD 64/256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera Dual 16MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP 7MP
Battery 3,000mAh 2,716mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone Yes No
OS Android Oreo iOS 11
Battery

The G7 ThinQ is packed with a 3,000mAh battery cell. The iPhone X is packed with a slightly smaller 2,716mAh battery cell. On single charge both the devices last one day. For connectivity, both the devices have USB-C port. Both the devices support wireless charging but both lacks wireless charging pads straight out of the box instead the buyers will have to spend extra bucks.

The G7 ThinQ and iPhone X support fast charging, the G7 ThinQ comes with fast charger but unfortunately the iPhone X comes with ordinary charger and the buyers will have to spend at least $75 to get the fast charger. Though the G7 ThinQ has a slightly larger battery cell also it comes with the larger display.

Camera

LG G-series one of the main aspects is usually the camera setup, same is the case with the latest G7 ThinQ as it features improved AI-powered dual cameras set up. The best thing is LG not only improved hardware capabilities of their camera setup but also brought AI to help out users to capture perfect shots. The dual rear cameras are of 16MP, the primary standard snapper aperture size is f/1.6 whereas the secondary wide-angle sensor aperture size is f/1.9 and field of view is 107-degrees. The front-facing selfie camera is also a wide-angle 8MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture and field of view is 80-degrees.

As mentioned above apart from superb hardware the device has AI suite with a number of modes and features to enhance the device capturing capability. Back in February LG announced V30S ThinQ with AI CAM, they brought it back with the G7 ThinQ and now it has 19 modes as opposed to 8 announced at that time. Both the front and rear cameras of G7 ThinQ provides portrait mode shots.

On the other hand, the iPhone X comes with dual rear cameras of 12MP. The primary snapper is a wide-angle sensor with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary module is a telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. It comes with dual image stabilization feature. The front-facing selfie-camera is a 7MP sensor. In low-light scenarios, the G7 ThinQ performs better due to a large aperture and Super Bright mode. However overall the iPhone X takes lead in camera section due to its camera better depth sensing capabilities and also its images have more vivid colors option. You will find iPhone X images are more detailed than G7 ThinQ. Despite lacking the AI capabilities the iPhone X is the winner here.

Software

As OS both the devices is pre-installed with the latest versions of iOS and Android respectively. However, as both the devices have a different OS that's why features are different and so is the user experience. LG G7 ThinQ is not on the stock Android OS instead it has the custom UI layer over the stock Android OS from Google. LG is not amongst those OEMs who are known for their fast updates instead they are relatively slower in updating their devices.

Just for the sake of reminder LG recently updated their last year's flagship G6 with Android Oreo, this means the company took nearly eight months to update their last year flagship smartphone. On the other hand, Apple smartphone has an advantage as their hardware and software manufacturer is same. Currently, more than 80% of iOS running devices are on the latest version.

LG recently opened a dedicated software update department to roll out updates quickly. Apple's track record of rolling latest updates is pretty good but we can expect LG will also improve the dedicated department to handle updates.

Special features

LG G7 ThinQ takes lead in special features department as it is packed with a number of exciting features. The first special feature is boombox audio in which it uses the device internal space a resonance chamber to provide amazing Bass experience. The wide-angle camera on the rear is also on the key special feature of this handset. Last but not the least it is one of the first smartphones in the market which provides DTS:X audio via earphones.

The iPhone X one of the most important is its true depth camera sensor on the front, the device uses this sensor for facial recognition Aka FaceID. Apple uses the same sensor for the AniMoji feature as well. In special features, the G7 ThinQ is certainly a better option.

Price

As far as pricing is a concern the G7 ThinQ price is still in dark whereas, on the other hand, the iPhone X was the most expensive iPhone ever announced by Apple. Its base variant was available for $1000. The iPhone X is currently widely available in almost all regions whereas the G7 ThinQ to hit most markets by the end of this month.

Conclusion:

Undoubtedly both the devices are pretty great in terms of looks and performance. Both are equally capable to handle your daily routine tasks at a very good speed. However, the iPhone X emerges as the winner in many aspects of design, display, hardware and even in cameras. The iPhone X takes lead in performance, OLED display panel and guaranteed latest software updates for next three years. It's not easy to beat iPhone X even if it is six months older smartphone. However, if you have issues with the iOS the G7 ThinQ could become your preference.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the LG G7 ThinQ vs iPhone X in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated.

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