Today, on a hot day in New York City, LG announced their brand new flagship smartphone -- the LG G7 ThinQ. Just like the last two models in the G-series, the G7 ThinQ sports a vastly different design and updated specifications. Let's find out what makes the G7 ThinQ LG's latest and greatest handset.
DISPLAY, DIMENSIONS AND PROCESSOR
The LG G7 ThinQ comes equipped with a large 6.1-inch QHD+ FullVision Super Bright Display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 and 564 ppi (pixels-per-inch). LG decided to opt for a LCD IPS display instead of an OLED. It has a 19:5:9 aspect ratio and sports the controversial notch on top. Fortunately, you can hide the notch with what LG calls a "second screen," which allows the user to add color on both sides of the notch to make it blend in and appear like there is no notch.
The device is made from Gorilla Glass 5 that is held together by an aluminum frame. It weighs in at 162g and has dimensions of 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm. A new 2018 flagship deserves a powerful CPU, so needless to say, the LG G7 ThinQ will boast the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Depending on your region, you may also get the G7+ which will sport 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage. Android 8.0 Oreo will come pre-loaded out of the box.
BATTERY AND CAMERA
With the Snapdragon 845 being a more energy efficient processor, LG decided to have their new flagship powered by a 3,000 mAh battery. This battery capacity is actually smaller than previous LG flagships, so it seems that the company is really banking on the processor's ability to save up to 30% in power savings. We've seen companies do this before and it usually doesn't translate to good battery life. Additionally, the G7 supports Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 and wireless charging.
When it comes to cameras, the new trend seems to be vertically aligned dual-camera configurations and LG has jumped on board. The rear will have two 16-megapixel snappers, one will have a standard angle (71°) with a f/1.6 aperture, and the other will have a Super Wide Angle (107°) with a f/1.9. Lastly, the selfie cam will sport an 8-megapixel wide angle lens and a f/1.9 aperture.
Super Bright Display - A display mode that allows users to turn up the brightness to 1,000 nits which is nearly double that of conventional smartphones.
AI Button - A dedicated AI button, found on the left of the device, will bring up the Google Assistant when pressed. If double pressed, Google Lens (which tells you what is seen through the camera) is turned on.
Super Bright Camera - With this mode, megapixel count is dropped to 4, but the image will be more clear and brighter.
AI CAM - This mode will identify scenes and objects. For example, if you point the camera at a dog, it will know it's an animal. The AI will then adjust the settings to capture the best results possible.
Dust and Water Resistant - The LG G7 ThinQ has an IP68 rating making it dust and water resistant.
Fingerprint Sensor - With it still being the most efficient way to unlock a phone, LG placed a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the handset just below the dual-cameras. This placement allows for a more natural way to unlock a smartphone.
Headphone Jack - LG did the right thing and included the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack.
Boombox Speaker - A speaker on the bottom of the phone that provides loud, premium audio with a boost of bass. This should be noticeably louder than conventional smartphones.
PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
The LG G7 ThinQ will come in four different colors: New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, and Rasberry Rose. Pre-orders are beginning later this month in the US, with a early June release. Pricing has not yet been announced, but it is expected to be south of $800.