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LG G7 ThinQ – Everything you need to know

by Nicole on May 2, 2018

LG has just launched the LG G7 ThinQ, their brand new flagship, in New York here are all the details of our favorite wide angle smartphone on the market.

Design

  • looks like an evolution of the LG V30, not the G6
  • Beautiful color choices
  • Nearly 50% thinner than the LG G6
  • Looks like yet another phone with a notch

Design wise the G7 has more in common with the V30 than it does the G6, the G6 had a flat boxy design which made it a tank. We’ve got a solid variety of color choices: Moroccan Blue, Aurora Black, Raspberry Rose, Platinum Gray.

Display

  • 6.1” LCD display with QHD+ resolution
  • Full Vision
  • Super Bright display 1000nits based on DCI-P3 Standard
  • Yet another phone with a notch
  • New Second Screen floating bar

AI is the name of the game in 2018, and the display on the G7 has gotten smarter, depending on the type of content you’re viewing, the display can be set to six different display modes: Auto, Eco, Cinema, Sports, Game and Expert. In Auto mode, your phone automatically analyzes the content – photos, videos, website, game, etc. – to optimize the display and power consumption. The user can also further refine the image by adjusting the color temperature and the individual RGB levels.

The New Second Screen displays notifications without taking up space and can be customized to your taste. The display can be fully expanded for an almost borderless look, or can be set to a more traditional style with notifications on a black background or another color to achieve a more “personal” effect.

Hardware

Michael from GadgetMatch holding the LG G7

 

  • Snapdragon 845
  • Options for 4/6GB of RAM depending on the market with 64/128GB of storage options
  • 3000mAh battery
  • IP68
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button

The Snapdragon 845 comes sporting a processing unit (SPU) that Qualcomm says offers “vault-like security” with the microprocessor, memory, crypto engine and random number generator all sitting on its own power island.

Performance and battery life will also improve, thanks to an octa-core Kryo 385 CPU with four 2.8GHz high-power cores and four 1.8GHz low power cores; the 845 is meant to be 30 percent more efficient than the 835 for gaming, video and AR/VR.

Qualcomm’s new super-fast X20 LTE modem is built-in, offering CAT 18 speeds of more than 1Gbps, as well as an enhanced Spectra 280 image signal processor. Qualcomm has bumped up video recording potential to Ultra-HD, and added in various AI improvements.

We have no word yet on what specification or color variants Germany will get as the official event is at the end of May.

LG G7 ThinQ Specifications

LG G7 ThinQ Specifications

Display

6.1-inch MLCD+/OLED panel Super Bright
QHD+ resolution (3120 x 1440, 564dpi)
18:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Snapdragon 845 with platform AI

RAM

4/6GB LPDDR4x

Storage

64/128GB UFS 2.1

MicroSD

Yes support up to 2TB

Camera

Dual 16MP super wide-angle camera (F1.9 / 107°) / 16MP OIS camera (F1.6 / 71°)

8MP wide angle (F1.9 / 80°)

IP rating

IP68/MIL-STD

Headphone jack

Yes

Battery

3,000mAh with Wireless Charging

Pay

LG Pay

Size (mm) weight (g)

153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 / 162

Audio

Hi-Fi Quad DAC/ Boombox speaker

Connections

Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (compatible with 3.1)

Other

Super Bright Display / New Second Screen / AI CAM / Super Bright Camera / Long Range Voice Recognition / Boombox Speaker / Google Lens / AI Haptic / Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / IP68 Certification for Water and Dust Weight / MIL-STD 810G Compliance (14 tests) / HDR10 / Google Assistant Key / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ Technology 3.0 / FM Radio

Bio recognition

Finger print/Face/Voice

Far field voice recognition

Software

Android 8.0 Oreo

Colors

Moroccan Blue, Aurora Black, Raspberry Rose, Platinum Gray

Quick Spec Comparison LG G6 vs G7 vs V30

LG G7 on the left, LG G6 on the right

LG G7 ThinQLG G6LG V30
Display6.1 inches (LCD)
3.120 x 1440 pixels
5.7 inch (LCD)
2880 x 1440 pixels
6 inch (AMOLED)
2880 x 1440 pixels
ChipsetSnapdragon 845Snapdragon 821Snapdragon 835
Memory4 GB OF RAM
64 GB of memory
4 GB OF RAM
32 GB of memory
4 GB OF RAM
64 GB of memory
Haupkamera16 MP (71° – f/1.6)
16 MP (107° f/1.9)
13 MP (71° – f/1.8)
13 MP (125° – f/2.4)
16 MP (71° – f/1.6)
13 MP (120° f/1.9)
Front camera8 Megapixel (80° – f/1.9)5 Megapixel (100° – f/2.2)5 Megapixel (90° – f/2.2)
Battery3,000 mAh (QI Support)3,300 mAh3,300 mAh (QI Support)
Price (MSRP)~ 800 Euro749 Euro899 Euro

Software

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Colors: Moroccan Blue, Aurora Black, Raspberry Rose, Platinum Gray

Camera

  • Dual 16MP super wide-angle camera (F1.9 / 107°) / 16MP OIS camera (F1.6 / 71°)
  • 8MP wide angle (F1.9 / 80°)
  • Ai Cam

The LG G7 has the infamous dual lens set up on the rear that allows for a standard and super wide-angle configurations, both lenses are now 16MP. On the front we have an improved 8MP Selfie Camera.

LG launching an improved Ai Cam which first debuted in the LG V30ThinQ. AI CAM now offers 19 shooting modes, compared to the initial 8 and users can still tweak their shots with one of four preset color options after the camera has identified the object or scene.

LG is using pixel binning or pixel oversampling on the G7. The camera combines the information from four neighboring pixels into a single large pixel. This helps to produce and image that has less digital noise and can perform better in low-light situations.

With this technology in mind, the G7 has a Super Bright Camera, which takes up to four times brighter images. This is thanks to a new image sensor and improved software processing, the AI algorithm automatically adjusts the camera settings for the best balance of brightness, clarity, resolution and color when shooting in low light.

LG has added a few new features to the G7. Live Photo mode records a second before and after pressing the shutter release button, it’s basically live photo from the iPhone. The Stickers feature uses facial recognition to enrich your images in real time with fun 2D and 3D stickers!

The G7 also comes with Portrait mode, the bokeh effect can be created using either the standard or super wide-angle lens. You can not zoom in while using Portrait mode, but you can adjust the level of blur after you’ve taken the photo. The wide angle lens is used to give the depth effect.

Software

  • Google Lens
  • Google Assistant has a hardware button, means you never have to say “Ok Google Again”
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Facial recognition will work on up to 5 faces

The LG G7 will be one of the first smartphones to offer Google Lens ready to use. Google Lens was developed as an object recognition tool that can identify and provide more information about places of interest, plants, animals and books, as well as recognize text.

The Google Assistant button is versatile, a single press will launch the Google wizard, two presses will activate Google Lens. Users can also press and hold the button to start talking to the Google Assistant right away.

LG has launched long-range voice recognition with the G7, it’s a highly sensitive microphone that will let you talk to Google Assistant’s when you’re up to five meters away. This feature can separate the controls from the background noise, making the LG G7 a great alternative to a home IA speaker even when the TV is on or the vacuum cleaner is running.

Sound

  • Boombox speaker
  • DTS:X gives you 7.1 audio channels
  • 32 bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC

The company has also confirmed it will feature a Boombox speaker and DTS:X 3D surround sound. It says that when placed on a solid surface the G7 will use its resonance chamber as a woofer to amplify the bass effect. To be clear, this is good sound, but it’s not stereo.

DTS:X 3D offers up to 7.1 channel performance without you needing to buy an expensive pair of headphones. The G7 once again has a HiFi Quad DAC, which builds four DACs on a single chip to lower distortion.

Battery life

  • 3000mAh battery
  • Wireless Charging
  • The Snapdragon 845 is 35% more efficient than the 835

The LG G6 & LG V30 both offered all day battery life, so we expect the same from the G7, but check back for our full review towards the end of the month.

Thanks to GadgetMatch for many of the photos!