While some of the big guns of the smartphone industry have already launched or announced their flagships, LG has not fallen short to announce it’s the latest flagship, LG G7 ThinQ. The phone was launched in an event held in New York yesterday on 1st May.
Unlike the G6 that was a good device but got washed out in front of the likes of Pixel2 and Galaxy S8, LG G7 Thinq has been launched with all the perks included to stand out in the crowded arena of smartphones.
The company has reduced their cycle pace of releasing the new flagship as the G6 was released in Feb 2017. We have been nonetheless anxious to get our hands on the device and it is all that we expected and more. LG truly made this phone not to fade away in the glory of other phones.
Design and display
LG G7 is going to be a glass body phone in an aluminum frame and since it comes with glass body, it might well be prone to smudges, something that we all equally hate to see. But the glass body surely gives a premium look to the device.
The thing that bothers us the most is that LG is slowly deviating away from the aspects of design that made its handsets stand out from the rest of the phones. LG G7 is much like the LG V30. Although it is not the most unique looking handset still it’s a beauty to behold.
On the front, we can see a 6.1-inch display with a notch on the top and a little chin on the bottom. The notch hosts the earpiece, an 8 MP f/1.9 front camera, and the proximity sensor and ambient light sensor and can be hidden by enabling a black bar on the top in the notification area. Besides hiding the notch, you can customize it with different color gradients of your choice, something that LG calls the “New Second Screen”.
LG G7 ThinQ hosts a powerful QHD+ 1440 x 3120 IPS LCD display. Although an OLED display would have been attracted more people, LG chose to stick with LCD panel apparently only because of one reason i.e. brightness. When set to Super Bright Display mode, the screen can get to 1000 nits and can stay that bright for a maximum of three minutes.
On the back, rests the fingerprint sensor in the spine of the phone above which we have a dual camera setup with laser autofocus and flash.
As the cherry on the cake, both the front and back of the LG G7 are protected by Corning Gorillas Glass 5 which prevents the phone from getting minor scratches.
The right side of the phone houses a power button. On the left, we can see the volume rocker and a dedicated Google Assistant button. LG G7 ThinQ is the first handset to provide a dedicated google assistant button and it might change the way we interact with google assistant given its versatility in functionality.
On the top, we have our sim card tray. To our surprise, LG has decided not to exclude 3.5 mm headphone jack. Kudos to LG for that. Besides that, a single speaker grill is on the bottom and a 3.1 USB type C charging port.
When it comes to sound enhancement tweaks, almost all the companies take for granted the need of headphone jack in their flagships. LG has taken a step further by not only providing a high-quality headphone jack on the phone but also a Boombox speaker which turns the whole back of the phone into a speaker.
Powering this device is the Snapdragon 845 SoC with the Adreno 630 GPU, and either 4 or 6GB of RAM. There’s also 64 or 128GB of onboard storage, depending on how much RAM you choose.
LG has also upgraded the camera setup in G7 ThinQ, loading it with dual Sony IMX351 sensors. Specifically, you’ll find 16-megapixel, f/1.6 (OIS) main sensor and 16-megapixel f/1.9 secondary sensor on the phone’s rear. Keeping this in view, the phone should perform outstandingly in low light conditions, as the company claims.
LG has also joined the AI camera race with the G7 ThinQ. According to the company, the camera will be able to automatically detect and optimize its settings for 19 different shooting modes. These include everything from food and pets, to nature and close-up shots. So you don’t have to select the mode manually to comply with the scene, the intelligent camera will do it for you instead.
The front camera has also been upgraded from 5MP to 8MP f/1.9 on the LG G7 ThinQ.
Speaking of battery we feel a bit skeptical about the 3000 mAh battery on the G7 as it might not be enough for a 2k superbright display and a Boombox sound. Still, we have to run our real-life tests on the G7 to give our verdict on the phone.
LG isn’t making it easy for users to understand when they’ll be able to buy the phone. The phone will be released in the U.S and Canada on June 1 while we may not know the exact date of when is it going to be available globally.
A strong speculation is that LG aims to disseminate the handset globally till the start of July. We’ll keep you posted once we get hold of more information on the matter.