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Apple iPhone XS vs LG G7 ThinQ: Battle between two "Top notch" flagships

09 November 2018 5

This year Cupertino giant announced three new flagships iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the budget-friendly iPhone XR. As most of you are already aware the latest gen phones are 11th iteration from Apple that's why the company adopted the new edge-to-edge display design which they introduced last year with the 10th anniversary iPhone X. The iPhone X successor is announced as iPhone XS, the iPhone 8 Plus is succeeded by iPhone XS Max whereas the company changed moniker for the entry-level iPhone as iPhone XR.

Undoubtedly the iPhone XS is currently the latest best offering from Apple as a standard flagship. Although it falls above iPhone XR and below iPhone XS Max but in terms of size it is smallest amongst all. So if you are looking for a new premium flagship with the latest best hardware, striking design and solid cameras the iPhone XS has all goodies to attract you. On the other hand, not everyone is fond of Apple iPhones so if you are amongst those and looking for an Android premium flagship the G7 ThinQ is currently the latest best from LG.

LG G7 ThinQ is quite an attractive option with the top-tier hardware, notch design, dual rear cameras and cheaper as opposed to iPhone XS. Like always today we will put the latest iPhone XS against the LG G7 ThinQ to know in detail whether LG's new flagship has enough grunt to attract Apple fans or not. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better deciding which flagship is better in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's start with the design differences.

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

Apple is a pioneer in introducing notch design, last year the iPhone X was the company's first phone with a notch at the top of the display. The iPhone XS is exactly the ditto copy of last year iPhone X. The front-facing side has an edge-to-edge display. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras aligned vertically on the top left corner. The bezel-less notch design still looks quite gorgeous. The iPhone XS chassis is made up of steel to give it a premium look.

The G7 ThinQ features an aluminum chassis with glass covering the rear side. The front-facing side has a notch at the top and thin bezel on the bottom. Its notch is slightly larger than the XS and also it lacks visual grunt a bit. The rear side has dual cameras in the center with LED flashlight. The XS lacks traditional fingerprint scanner whereas the G7 ThinQ has a fingerprint scanner on the rear below the dual sensors. Unfortunately despite having glass and metal sandwich design the G7 ThinQ lacks the wow factor like the XS.

The iPhone XS doesn't have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas G7 ThinQ retains the traditional headphone jack. Both the devices are IP68 certified phones which means both can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. In terms of durability, both have glass rear. The XS glass is protected with the scratch resistant glass whereas the G7 ThinQ has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layer.

As far as dimensions are a concern the iPhone XS measures at 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm and weigh 177g whereas the G7 ThinQ is taller, wider, thicker and heavier at 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 162g.

Display

The G7 ThinQ features a 6.1-inches IPS LCD display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 564 pixels-per-inch. It also supports HDR10.

On the other hand, the XS comes with a slightly smaller 5.8-inches display with a screen resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels. The display pixels density is 458 pixels-per-inch. Although it isn't as sharp as LG G7 its Super Retina OLED display with deep blacks and awesome colors accuracy. Thanks to deep blacks the XS notch can also be hidden with a black wallpaper. Undoubtedly it is one of the best OLED display in the market. The G7 comes with Super bright technology to enhance the brightness level.

Hardware

Being the flagship phones both are packed with the latest best hardware. The G7 ThinQ is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset whereas the XS comes with the A12 Bionic SoC with the dedicated Neural processing unit. Both the devices provide ultra-smooth performance, however, the A12 Bionic is way ahead in all benchmarks. Both are pretty much capable to handle HIFI games and switching apps instantly.

The A12 Bionic has the advantage of being the first chipset built on the 7nm process whereas the Snapdragon 845 is built on the 10nm process and its successor is due in the first half of 2019. Both the devices have 4GB RAM on board. In terms of native storage, the XS comes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variant and it lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD. The G7 ThinQ is only available in 64GB storage mode but the good thing is its native storage is further expandable via MicroSD. Overall the G7 ThinQ isn't slow at all but in sheer power the XS certainly outclasses it.

Specs LG G7 ThinQ Apple iPhone XS
Display 6.1-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 A12 Bionic
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64,256,512GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras Dual 16MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP 7MP
USB Type-C Lightning port
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
Battery 3,000mAh 2,658mAh
IP68 Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo iOS 12

Camera

Following the latest trend both have dual cameras on the rear side. The primary snapper on the G7 ThinQ is 16MP module whereas f/1.6 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is 16MP super-wide angle camera with f/1.9 aperture and a 107-degree field of view. Thanks to the super wide camera the G7 ThinQ performs pretty great in capturing wide landscapes but it isn't amongst the best in low-light scenarios. Despite the fact, the primary sensor's aperture is f/1.6.

To improve low-light capturing capabilities LG introduced Super Bright camera mode to enhance the photography experience in low-lit scenarios. The iPhone XS has dual 12MP snappers on the rear, the primary sensor aperture is f/1.8 whereas the secondary telephoto sensor aperture is f/2.4 with optical zoom up to 2x. Despite having thinner aperture it captures amazingly in low-light conditions.

LG also brings AI Cam feature which detects scenes, objects, places with the AI to optimize camera settings. Unfortunately, despite all these goodies, it doesn't provide as good results as the Smart HDR of iPhone XS. When the Smart HDR mode is activated the device captures multiple shots and then combine them to produce a well balanced final result. Both the devices support 4K videos recording and also portrait shots. The front-facing camera on the G7 ThinQ is 8MP with f/1.9 aperture whereas the iPhone XS has 7MP selfie snapper with f/2.2 aperture.

Battery

The G7 ThinQ is packed with a 3,000mAh battery cell which easy last one day on single usage and even you can get 1.5 days life on moderate usage. On the other hand, the XS retains the 2,658mAH battery cell its predecessor. The good thing is both the devices support wireless charging thanks to glass rear. Both the devices support fast charging, however, the XS isn't shipped with fast charger straight out of the box. The G7 ThinQ comes with QuickCharge 3.0+.

Software

The G7 ThinQ is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0 straight out of the box with LG's custom UI skin over it. The bloatware level is not quite high so you will get tons of customization options. Though it isn't as clean as stock UI still you will find it pretty good custom UI.

As OS the iPhone XS is running on the latest iOS 12. This year instead of bringing major front-end changes Apple focused mainly to enhance the performance level in daily usage. Both the devices will receive updates but iPhone XS will receive major updates for a longer period and also much quicker than the G7 ThinQ. Now it's up to you which version of OS you prefer amongst the two.

Special features

Apple is amongst those OEMs who are amongst those who like to roll out new features when they are fully polished. The XS comes with 3D facial recognition AKA Face ID which can be utilized to unlock the phone as well authenticating Apple Pay payments. With the iOS 12, it brings support for dual faces. Apart from Face ID, other goodies include Animoji, memoji and Siri.

LG flagships have awesome audio setup, same is the case with the G7 ThinQ. It comes with a Boombox speaker which uses the device internal portion as a resonance chamber to improve the Bass and audio quality. It comes with a dedicated physical button on the left edge to access Google Assistant on the go.

Price

As far as pricing is a concern the XS base variant with 64GB storage was available at $999. The top of the line model with 512GB storage can be purchased at $1350. It works with all major carriers in the US. On the other hand, the G7 ThinQ is way cheaper at $750 for the 64GB model. It also supports all major carriers across the globe. Both are available in carrier-bound variants as well.

Conclusion:

The Cupertino's latest flagship takes lead in almost all aspect including design, display, software, cameras, hardware but the G7 ThinQ is a better option in the battery and pricing department. Its unfortunate to see Apple sticks to the same design which they introduced last year. The company could bring cosmetic changes.

However, the G7 ThinQ competes quite well in all departments. It comes with glass and metal sandwich design with a notch at the top of the display. The Super Bright LCD display is quite sharper but not as good as Apple's Super Retina OLED display. In the hardware department, the A12 Bionic not only outclasses G7 but also all other latest Android flagships running on the Snapdragon 845.

In the software department, iPhone XS has an upper hand due to speedy updates and also for a longer period than any other Android phone. If the wide-angle camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, and budget-friendly price tag attract you the G7 ThinQ could become your next flagship companion.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the iPhone XS vs LG G7 ThinQ in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 12 December 2018 @ 13:03)

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