The G7 ThinQ is the newest smartphone to come from the tech giants LG, boasting a Super Bright LCD display that can easily be viewed in direct sunlight. The whole premise of this phone is the fact it is not a flashy device, but a smart device – so it doesn’t exactly break the boundaries in the mobile world. It packs some serious speakers, a faster chipset, Google’s Android Oreo 8.0 software, an AI-powered camera and a 6.1-inch LCD display, this is the LG G7 ThinQ.
The new G7 ThinQ will cost more than the outgoing G6, but with no confirmation on the actual price yet, LG have hinted that it will be cheaper than other flagship phones like the iPhone X. Much of the speculation regarding the price seems to give us reason to expect the new device to cost £720. With the LG V30S ThinQ now released for pre-orders costing $929, we’ll keep an eye on just how much cheaper LG can price the G7 ThinQ in comparison.
The new design is all based around the 6.1-inch LCD screen, with only a notch at the top and a tiny bezel at the bottom of the screen. Its sharp looking single body glass combined with the all-screen front make this device look far better and updated in comparison to the fractured metal look the LG G5 had. The notorious notch that is featured on this new phone has enabled the screen to be expanded to an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, in real terms this means there is space for the status icons. However, if you still don’t buy the notch look, then you can ‘hide’ it – this means the corners will be masked. And if you really want to point out you have a notch, you can highlight the corners with different colours and add gradients.
A big feature on this phone is just how bright the screen can get, with it maxing out at 1,000 nits – a normal smartphone will max out at between 500 or 600 nits. This is what LG calls Super Bright Display, and they also say that in this mode compared to the previous G6 screen, the G7 is 30% more efficient. The Super Bright Display mode does only last for three minutes, which is set to ensure that the G7 won’t overheat and saves the battery life. The cap of three minutes seems to be jsut enough time to scan through messages and other tasks you wish to fulfil while walking through direct sunlight.
After much feedback, LG decided to revert to old ways and have put the sleep/wake button to the right side of the phone. This means it now feels like a mainstream phone, and one that is easy to familiarise yourself with. The fingerprint scanner is easy to reach just below the vertically stacked dual-lens rear camera. There is also a new dedicated AI button, it allows a single press to launch Google Assistant and a long press will take you straight to voice commands with the Assistant. It is possibly one of the best AI assistant systems out there, and one many may actually become inclined to use regularly.
The LG G7 ThinQ also features a very high spec camera, which comprises of a dual-lens 16MP camera, one of which has an ultra-wide field of view. However, the most impressive tech here is the AI software that has been added – the software actually tries to understand what the camera is looking at, and learns to categorize subjects into 19 different shooting modes which tweaks colour and brightness along with it. The Super Bright Camera is more precise and automatically detects low light surroundings, and will up the brightness by four times as opposed to standard pictures. However these photos are in 4MP, and 4K is down to 1080p. The 16MP camera has an aperture of f/1.6 and the wide-angle is a f/1.9, both very fast in comparison to rival phones.
The G7 ThinQ packs the latest software and tech, as opposed to what LG did with the G6 which was launched with the already outdated Snapdragon 821 chipset whereas at the time other flagship devices were launching with the Snapdragon 835. Instead this year they have released their new flagship phone with the Snapdragon 845, and it’s coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage – all making for very decent performance. It also features MicroSD slot, which means expandable storage is accepted here. It won’t be the fastest phone on the market, but will compete with its nearest rivals very well.
LG has added what it calls a Boombox speaker, and it is remarkably loud. This speaker provides deep bass, and uses the entire phone to pump out rich bass, it reverbs for even more powerful sound when the device is laid down on a table or other similar things. The phone is packed with incredible audio capabilities, with DTS:X 3D Sound through wired headphones, and a 32-bit HiFi Quad DAC with 50% reduced noise. The one downside is the fact the phone only features a single bottom-firing speaker, which is easy to cover up whilst holding the phone.
The battery life on the G7 ThinQ will be able to endure a full day’s use, as it packs a 3,000aMh battery – it’s actually smaller than the 3,300aMh battery found in the LG V30. The G7 uses USB-C and also supports QuickCharge 3.0, along with wireless charging and is actually capable of QuickCharge 4.0 (you’ll struggle to find a charger however.)
The LG G7 ThinQ is not a groundbreaking phone, it isn’t a risky design and doesn’t pack huge specs that will blow you away, but it is certainly a more than decent phone. The design and look is sleek enough, with the now trendy notch making its way in here, the super bright LCD screen is excellent along with the AI tech used in the camera. The speaker system on the G7 is also a big selling point, and makes this phone a really good all rounder.