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LG G8 ThinQ vs LG G7 ThinQ: What's changed in a year?

20 April 2019 5

It's no mystery that the South Korean giant LG's smartphones business isn't going pretty well but the company is working efficiently to reduce the losses. That is why in the last few years or so the company opted different routes as far as flagships are a concern. The LG G5 was the company's first phone with modular design, the idea didn't work well. The very next year LG changed the flagship G6 design and opted glass and sandwich. Since then the company retains the glass and metal clad design but bringing improvements every year to lure customers.

With each new iteration, we had seen new improvements from LG and fortunately, the G8 ThinQ is no exception. The G8 ThinQ was launched at this year MWC show. It is one of its kind phones with sound- producing display, you can also perform a number of features with the Z camera. In terms of hardware, you will be getting the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset with sufficient RAM and storage.

The first thing is everyone's mind is whether all these goodies enough to upgrade to G8 ThinQ if you already own the last year's G7 ThinQ. The G7 ThinQ is currently available at much affordable price tag. Today we will put the latest G8 ThinQ in a head-to-head confrontation to know in detail the real differences and similarities between the two phones. Without any delay, let's start with the design.

71.8 x 151.9 x 8.4 mm
6.1 inches - 3120x1440 px
71.9 x 153.2 x 7.9 mm
6.1 inches - 3120x1440 px
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Design

Despite being the latest flagship the G8 ThinQ retains the design queues LG introduced last year with the G7 ThinQ. That's why there is a number of aspects where G8 ThinQ shares aesthetics with the predecessor. Both the G8 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ feature aluminum chassis with glass covering the front and rear side.

Both have a small notch at the top of the display with a thin chin at the bottom. Another prominent aspect is G8 ThinQ earpiece isn't visible. The glass rear on the G8 ThinQ is more gently curved which makes it an easy device to grasp single handidly. Both have the fingerprint scanner on the rear side in the center. The G8 ThinQ has dual snappers aligned horizontally whereas the G7 ThinQ rear cameras were placed vertically.

Like most of the latest phones both are IP68 certified phones which means both can resist against 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. The G8 ThinQ dimensions are 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm and weigh 167g whereas the G7 ThinQ is slightly larger but less thick at 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm and weighs 162g.

For connectivity, both the phones have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port. The G8 ThinQ will be available in Carmine Red, Aurora Black, and Moroccan Blue whereas the G7 ThinQ is available in Rasberry Rose, Moroccan Blue, Aurora Black, and Platinum Gray.

Display

Despite having similar size display there is a prominent difference between the two phones. The G7 ThinQ features a 6.1-inches IPS LCD display whereas the G8 ThinQ features 6.1-inches OLED display. Both phones support HDR10. Both the phones have Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display pixels density is 564 pixels-per-inch.

The G7 ThinQ's display was pretty good but the deep black, colors reproduction and vibrancy on the G8 ThinQ is better due to OLED panel. The G8 ThinQ doesn't have traditional earpiece speaker instead the company debuted “Crystal Sound OLED” which means the OLED display on the G8 ThinQ works as a speaker. The G8 ThinQ certainly has an upper hand in the display department.

Hardware

Being a year old flagship the G7 ThinQ isn't packed with the latest hardware like the G8 ThinQ. The G8 ThinQ is running on the Qualcomm's latest Octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset whereas the G7 ThinQ is powered up by the latest year's best Snapdragon 845 SoC.

The G7 ThinQ was available in two configurations. The base model has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The G8 ThinQ is available only in one variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Both the phones support memory expansion via MicroSD.

The G8 ThinQ is amongst the best performing phones due to the latest hardware but the G7 ThinQ is also quite capable to handle HIFI tasks and games efficiently.

Specs LG G8 ThinQ LG G7 ThinQ
Display 6.1-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB, 6GB 6GB
Storage 64GB, 128GB Expandable via MicroSD 128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP+16MP + 12MP telephoto sensor optional 16MP+16MP
Front camera 8MP+ToF 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Battery 3,500mAh 3,000mAh
OS Android Pie Android Oreo
Battery

Considering the latest standard the G7 ThinQ 3,000mAh battery seems smaller but still it last single day on normal usage. The G8 ThinQ comes with a slightly larger 3,500mAh battery cell. Considering the power efficient chipset and similar display we can expect the G8 ThinQ will last longer than the predecessor. Both the phones support Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. Thanks to glass rear both support Qi Wireless charging.

Camera

The G8 ThinQ is available in two configurations as far as the cameras are a concern. The G8 ThinQ will have triple rear cameras variant in few selected markets whereas the standard model comes with dual rear snappers.

The primary sensor is a 12MP module with f/1.5 aperture and optical image stabilization. The secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle 16MP module with an f/1.9 aperture but lacks OIS. The optional sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture and OIS. The third sensor provides an optical zoom up to 2x.

The G7 ThinQ has dual rear snappers, the primary sensor is a 16MP module with f/1.6 aperture. Being the standard model its field of view is 71-degrees. The secondary sensor on the rear is a 16MP ultra wide-angle sensor with f/1.9 aperture. This sensor field of view is 107 degrees.

The G8 ThinQ comes with dual selfie snappers, the primary sensor is 8MP module whereas the secondary sensor is ToF module. The ToF not only assist in capturing portrait shots but also brings new Z camera feature. The new Z camera brings hands-free controls with gestures. The G8 ThinQ can perform a number of tasks without touching the phone. The G7 ThinQ has single selfie snapper of 8MP with f/1.9 aperture.

Last but not the least the G8 comes with a dedicate Night View mode which will improve capturing capabilities in low-light conditions.

Software

The G8 ThinQ is pre-installed with the latest Android Pie straight out of the box with LG's custom UI skin. Surprisingly the G7 ThinQ is on the Android Oreo 8.0. The company promised to roll out the Android Pie in Q1 2019 but failed to fulfill the promise. The G7 ThinQ is one of the few last year's flagships which yet to receive the latest version of Android OS.

The LG's custom UI brings a number of customization features that's why you will have to bear bloatware as well. However, the G8 ThinQ customers will also have to wait longer for the latest updates.

Special goodies

As mentioned above LG always try to incorporate new special features to attract buyers. The G7 ThinQ was the company's first flagship phone with Boombox audio setup. The G7 internal was used as a resonance chamber to provide boosted audio experience. Fortunately, LG retained this feature on the G8 ThinQ as well with few extra goodies.

LG dubbed their selfie camera and ToF sensor as "Z camera". The Air Power feature utilizes the Z camera to perform specific gestures to perform tasks. You don't need to use a hand if you want to change video when your hands are wet or picking call and much more. The Z camera also brings 3D facial recognition which means the G8 ThinQ facial scanner is as score as the Face ID on iPhones. Last but not the least a new Hand ID feature is introduced which means the device identify user's hand to unlock the device. These new tricks are certainly not used on a daily basis but certainly good to have few extra features.

Price

The G7 ThinQ is now available at a much lower price tag. On special deals, you can grab it around $500. The carriers are offering the G7 ThinQ at $650. On the other hand, the G8 ThinQ was recently announced on April 11th in the USA at a price tag of $819.99. As a launch offer the device was on $150 off for pre-orders. It supports major carriers in the US.

Conclusion:

The good thing is LG G8 ThinQ brings improvement over the predecessor in almost all aspects. The G8 ThinQ retains almost similar design like the predecessor, In terms of upgrade, the G8 ThinQ comes with crystal Sound OLED panel, latest best hardware, improved cameras especially on the front-facing side, larger battery, the latest version of Android OS and reasonable pricing as opposed to latest flagships from other companies.

Now if you don't have budget issues the G8 ThinQ is worthy to upgrade but all these upgrades are not something which can't live without. The G7 ThinQ is still a pretty solid flagship offering but obviously not amongst the best in the market. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding G8 ThinQ vs G7 ThinQ in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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LG G8 ThinQ vs LG G7 ThinQ: What's changed in a year?
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DevRahul
DevRahul

Wow... I think, this is quite a huge change to see that there's OLED display in the G8 ThinQ as opposed to the IPS LCD display built in the G7 ThinQ.

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