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LG G7 ThinQ Preview: An evolutionary upgrade with great display and audio

04 July 2018 5

This year LG played pretty safely with their latest flagship G7 ThinQ. The company delayed the announcement for a couple of months to make sure they brought a powerful flagship which can compete well against the other top-tier smartphones in the market. The LG G7 ThinQ features full front-facing display, top of the line hardware, clean UI and AI-powered camera setup. Another prominent aspect of G7 ThinQ is its Boombox speaker. Almost all aspects of G7 ThinQ confirms it is indeed a reasonable upgrade over the G6.

The G7 ThinQ is one of the first smartphones in the market with Super Bright LCD panel with great viewing angles even in direct sunlight. Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced we compare it against a number of other devices, same is the case with the G7 ThinQ. In most of the cases, the G7 ThinQ emerges as a winner.

Onething which is certainly in everyone's mind is whether they should grab the G7 ThinQ or not and in what aspects G7 ThinQ is better than other. Today we will preview G7 ThinQ to know in detail what are the key aspects which makes the G7 ThinQ a desireable smartphone. We are hopeful this preview will certainly help you better understanding the pros and cons of the LG's latest flagship. We will discuss all the key aspects of G7 ThinQ in detail to give a pretty good view about the device. Starting with price and release info.

71.9 x 153.2 x 7.9 mm
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Price and release date

The G7 ThinQ was unveiled back on May 2nd and within two weeks it was available for the South Korean customers. LG always release their flagships smartphones initially for South Korea. For the US customers, the device went on sale from June 1st. All the major US carriers including T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint are offering the device. The AT&T isn't offering the G7 ThinQ as they have planned an exclusive LG smartphone later this year.

As far as pricing is a concern, the G7 ThinQ is available in the US at a price tag of $750 which makes it still a cheaper option as opposed to other rivals.

Design

This year LG played safe as far as design is a concern. The company didn't bring a revamped design instead they further refined the design introduced with the LG G6. Last year LG introduced glass and metal sandwich design, the device was well appreciated due to its minimal bezels with a striking finish. This year's G7 ThinQ shares a lot of design aesthetics with the G6.

The G7 ThinQ features an aluminum chassis with glass covering the rear side. The rear glass is gently curved from edges so that users can easily grasp single handily. Apart from having the full front-facing, the G7 ThinQ comes with a notch at the top of the display. The front and rear glass panel are protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Its overall a compact smartphone despite having a large display panel. The only prominent bezel on the G7 ThinQ is on the bottom edge. Due to full front-facing display, the device has a fingerprint scanner on the rear side in the center below the cameras. Apart from regular volume rockers, the G7 ThinQ comes with a dedicated physical button to access Google Assistant and Google Lens. The button can't be remapped again.

On the rear side, the dual camera's setup is aligned vertically in the center with dual LED flashlight is on the left side. Fortunately, the G7 ThinQ comes with the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. For connectivity, the device has USB-C 3.1 port. Like most of the latest smartphones, the G7 ThinQ is an IP68 certified device which provides resistance up to 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes. The G7 ThinQ measurements are 154 x 72 x 7.9mm and it weighs 162g.

Overall the build quality of the device is worth appreciating. The G7 ThinQ is good enough to stand amongst the best flagships of 2018 so far in terms of build quality and design. The G7 ThinQ is available in three color variants only including grey, blue and black. The colors option also indicates the company didn't try to overdo anything in design instead they tried to play safe that's why the G7 ThinQ colors are not as attractive as the Huawei's P20 and P20 Pro.

Display

As far as the display is a concern the G7 ThinQ is featuring a 6.1-inches display with a notch at the top. Its a Super LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display pixels density is 564 pixels-per-inch which is certainly higher than most of the flagships in the market.

LG dubbed area on the left and right side of the notch as "New Second screen". However, it isn't close to the second screen which LG's earlier flagships including V10 and V20 have to showcase notifications. The G7's second screen only icons of battery, time and other small tasks notifications. However, these aren't displayed when the display is off.

Another important aspect is notch is certainly an aspect which isn't liked by everyone that's why LG allows the user to hide it as well via settings with a black bar. Although LG G7 ThinQ doesn't have the OLED display the company claims the device has Super Bright display with a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits. It is the only smartphone on the market with such whopping brightness level.

The display is bright enough to be used under direct sunlight. Usually, the normal LCD display smartphones have a maximum brightness of 600 nits, this certainly gives an idea of how brighter the G7 ThinQ display is as opposed to regular phones. The company also claims despite having high brightness level the display is 30% more power efficient than the predecessor.

Hardware

This year LG not only played wisely with the design but also the company delayed the G7 ThinQ release to make sure the device has the latest best hardware, unlike the last year. The G6 was announced back at MWC 2017 but the company missed the train of latest Snapdragon chipset that's why the G6 starts looking dated in just a couple of months soon after the announcement. However this year LG brought the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset with the G7 ThinQ.

The Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB which is further expandable via MicroSD card. Its the same SoC which is powering almost all flagships of this year except Huawei's and a global variant of Samsung Galaxy S9. The latest SoC is ultra fast in handling multi-tasking tasks and HIFI games. No matter whatever you do the G7 ThinQ is quite powerful and it won't lag behind.

The camera setup is certainly one of the key selling aspects of latest flagships and The G7 ThinQ has also dual cameras setup on the rear side like most of the latest flagships and its predecessor. From years LG bringing a wide-angle sensor alongside the normal lens, same is the case with the G7 ThinQ. The primary sensor is a 16MP module with f/1.6 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a wide-angle 16MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture and 107 degrees field of view. Both the sensors have optical image stabilization which ensures the images are not blurry even when you capture on the go with shaky hands.

LG introduces "Super Bright camera" which combines the pixels to capture amazing shots with great exposure even in low-light conditions. For low-light conditions the device has a special mode to cater it, it engages this mode automatically when it detects low-light or you can on it manually as well. The camera has HDR support but it isn't much effective here.

LG uses AI to enhance the camera experience that's why the G7 ThinQ has an AI Cam mode which needs to be turned on to get full use of AI perks. It detects scenes, locations, objects and much more to automatically optimizing the camera's settings. Thanks to dual cameras setup on the rear you can enjoy the bokeh mode capturing by blurring the background. Up front, the selfie camera is a wide-angle 8MP module which can also software assisted bokeh shots.

Specs LG G7 ThinQ
Display 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Rear cameras Dual 16MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 3,000mAh
USB Type-C
IP68 Yes
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.0

Software

Despite the fact, the G7 ThinQ is the latest flagship but it lacks the latest OS software straight out of the box instead it has Android Oreo 8.0 with the LG's custom UI layer over it. LG brings a number of customization options but at the same time, the amount of bloatware is quite high. There is a number of apps which are duplicated that's why you have to bear the bloatware as well. The high amount of bloatware is certainly an aspect why LG is slowing in rolling out latest updates. However recently the company stated they opened a dedicated software department to better handle software updates.


Battery

The G7 ThinQ has a 3,000mAh battery cell which is relatively smaller considering its display. Just for the sake of the reminder, the Galaxy S9+ has a 3,500mAh battery whereas the Huawei P20 Pro lights are kept on by a 4,000mAh battery. Undoubtedly the battery isn't worth appreciating here as it doesn't provide enough juice to last more than one day. The battery power saving is good enough to last one day even on heavy usage. It supports Qualcomm's Quick charge tech for fast charging pretty quickly.

Audio capabilities

The G7 ThinQ retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack when many OEMs are ditching it. The device features Quad DAC and also DTS:X 3D to provide amazing audio experience. The headphone audio experience is pretty great and certainly better than most of the smartphones of this niche.

With the G7 ThinQ, LG introduced Boombox audio which uses the internal space of the body to amplify the base experience. It certainly boosts the audio output from the speakers. The G7 ThinQ is certainly a treat for those who are looking for an audio-centric smartphone with amazing audio capabilities. However it lacks stereo output, the company relied solely on the bottom firing speaker.


Conclusion

The G7 ThinQ is announced at a time when there is a number of top-tier 2018 flagships in the market. So if you are looking for a flagship smartphone the number of devices is quite high. So the first question is whether the G7 ThinQ is indeed worthy of your hard earned money or not. If you have no issues with notch and average battery life the answer is yes. The G7 ThinQ SuperBright display, superb build quality with IP68 ratings are indeed the plus points.

The hardware under the hood is powerful enough that G7 ThinQ can be amongst the best in the market. A wide-angle camera with the normal lens isn't widely available in the market, So we can claim it is something different from LG. However, despite having all the goodies of 2018 flagships it lacks the one key exciting aspect to stand out amongst the overly crowded flagships market where buyers have a number of options in each price range. That is certainly one key area where LG's premium flagship will struggle.

Last but not the least the G7 ThinQ price tag certainly could become an aspect to prefer it over the competitors from Samsung and Huawei. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the G7 ThinQ preview in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more previews and comparisons.

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