LG G7 ThinQ renders and other details have been leaked ahead of its launch event in New York, but the final announcement shows off a phone that is much more interesting than the little titbits of information that had been provided piecemeal.
Officially called the LG G7 ThinQ, the handset follows a familiar design that looks very much like an iPhone X, but debuts with a 6.1-inch notched screen. That’s not all as we have some other quirks on the pronounced thin-cue handset below.
In 2018 we have come across several manufacturers looking for adding a notch display, for example, Vivo V9, and the G7 ThinQ is unlikely to be another. There’s a big, colorful display wrapped around that now familiar notch and there are some impressive cameras around the back.
It also offers a fairly compelling list of features. There’s also a dedicated Google Assistant button and it can be some sort of facial recognition for unlocking. In sorts, it’s every bit the 2018 flagship smartphone, so we’ll need to see some real hands-on reviews before making some decisions about whether this could be LG‘s first real hit in a long time.
Specifications wise, as mentioned there’s a 6.1″ “FullVision” display featuring a QHD+ resolution. There’s a software toggle to hide it if that’s the approach you prefer. Like other Android phones which are coming with iPhone X-inspired notch design, this LG smartphone has a chin bezel at the bottom, unlike Apple’s smartphone.
Internal design and room have a familiar 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, also goes on sale with 6GB of RAM and a generous 128GB of storage. The 3,000mAh should prove significant when paired with Android Oreo that comes running out-of-the-box.
While it relies on LCD technology, rather than OLED, LG’s fresh new M+ panel uses an RGBW arrangement, with extra pixel intended to improve contrast and help in delivering a promised maximum brightness of 1000 nits. It is HDR 10 complaint and covered by a Gorilla Glass 5 protective layer.
Those cameras we mentioned earlier comprise a 71° 16-megapixel camera with a f/1.6 aperture alongside a 107° 16-megapixel camera with a f/1.9 aperture. You’ll get the same depth of field effects like you had with an iPhone and indeed most high-end handsets these days. There is a healthy dose of AI pushed in which will apparently allow users to take better images with settings altered depending on what the camera sees. Taking a photo of a bike? Expect the settings to reflect that, supposedly producing a better picture as a result. An 8MP, f/1.9, 90-degree camera handles selfies.
As for notch itself, LG insists it’s a “new second screen”. The company pioneered secondary screens with the V-series back in the day but has switched its phablets to conventional OLED panels since. The entire body is IP68 certified and MIL-STD-810G complaint. The glass back enables wireless charging with the G7 touting both WPC and PMA support. Qnovo battery tech is on board, to prolong the battery endurance over the years.
On the connectivity set, it including LTE-A, 3-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.16/13 (1Gbps/150Mbps) Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0 and Dual-SIM support in some markets. It rocks a Boom Box stereo speaker setup, complete with DTS-X. This system can simulate 7.1 surround sound and it’s the first time we are seeing it on a smartphone.
Complete with LG’s AI Pack 2.0, the LG G7 ThinQ will ship with Oreo, and the company also committed to releasing the Android P update once Google delivers the final version of its next release.
If you are looking to buy an LG G7 ThinQ then you have here four colors to choose from including Aurora Black, Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue, and Raspberry Rose. There’s still no release date for the US just yet, but pre-orders with carriers will kick off on May 24th. Pricing and availability will be revealed at a later point.