LG has finally revealed the G7 ThinQ, its flagship smartphone for 2018. The LG G7 ThinQ is not a different smartphone in any major way and does not offer any groundbreaking feature that helps justify the delayed launch of the smartphone. However, it does seem to be a promising flagship smartphone especially considering the fact that it gets the basic exactly like it should be in 2018.
The launch of LG G7 ThinQ was expected to happen at Mobile World Congress 2018 in February, but was reportedly delayed on orders from the mobile division chief. The reports suggested that LG was also looking for a different name for the smartphone and planned to ditch the G series branding altogether. The G7 ThinQ arrives just as demand for premium smartphones declines globally and it will compete against Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ from Samsung, Huawei P20 Pro and Apple iPhone X.
The G7 ThinQ brings the flagship specifications to a design that seems more like a refined version of last year’s V30 smartphone. On a scale of specifications and features, the G7 ThinQ is a proper flagship but the bigger question would be how much better is it from last year’s G6. So, here is a look at what has changed between the G7 ThinQ and the G6.
Design and Display
With G7 ThinQ, LG is following on the footsteps of other smartphone makers to adopt the notched display design. At the exterior, it does not seem to differ much from its predecessor and retains the metal and glass casing. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front as well as rear of the G7 ThinQ, which should make it more durable than its predecessor. The G7 ThinQ still retains the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and the power button is now on the right side of the device.
The LG G7 ThinQ also gets a new side-mounted button to active Google Assistant. This side-mounted button is identical to Bixby button on Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ and it cannot be reprogrammed to activate any other feature. There is a rear-mounted dual rear camera setup with the G7 ThinQ branding at the center and LG branding at the bottom.
At the front, there is a 6.1-inch LCD display as opposed to the P-OLED display seen on last year’s G6. LG is not offering the reason behind switching back to LCD displays but the display can now get as bright as 1000 nits. Of course, there is also a notch at the front but it is smaller than the one found on iPhone X. LG has also added a software option to disable the notch. If LG has failed in one area with this design then it is to not push the boundary and offer an edge-to-edge display similar to that of iPhone X.
Apart from the notch at the front and use of LCD panel, the G7 ThinQ does not differ much from the G6 in terms of design.
LG G6 was one of the most underrated flagship smartphone of 2017 and it was mainly due to use of an older chipset. With G7 ThinQ, LG is not repeating that mistake. The G7 ThinQ is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor as opposed to a year-old Snapdragon 821 found on the G6.
The Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm comes with its own secure enclave to store biometrics and other sensitive user information. It also comes with updated Adreno 630 GPU, which enables console quality gaming on a mobile device. In terms of storage, the G7 ThinQ comes standard with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. There is also a variant called G7+ ThinQ which offers 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
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The LG G7 ThinQ is IP68 water and dust resistant and is compliant with MIL-STD-810G standard. It now supports Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, GPS, NFC and USB Type-C port with on-the-go support. The G7 ThinQ runs Android 8.0 Oreo and comes with a smaller 3,000mAh battery.
LG G7 ThinQ is different from its predecessor mainly in the camera department. It features dual 16-megapixel rear camera setup as opposed to a combination of 16-megapixel and 13-megapixel sensors found on its predecessor. It is also the most unique dual camera system among all dual camera smartphones in the market.
The main 16-megapixel sensor is a standard wide-angle sensor with f/1.6 aperture, optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. The secondary 16-megapixel camera features f/1.9 aperture and offers 107-degree wide field of view. At the front, LG has equipped G7 ThinQ with an 8-megapixel camera supporting f/1.7 aperture and 1080p video recording.
LG has not revealed the price of G7 ThinQ just yet but has confirmed that it will be available in South Korea first followed by other major markets including North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. It will likely be priced to compete with Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro and iPhone X.