LG may have missed out its opportunity to bring its latest flagship during the 2018 MWC in Barcelona Spain, it doesn’t mean that the Korean tech firm has given up on smartphone devices. Back then, they have the V30s with the company’s “ThinQ” branding all over it. A few months forward, LG finally step into the limelight to join others with its 2018 flagship the LG G7 ThinQ.
There has been rumors about LG’s change in strategy towards its mobile division and as expected, the LG G7 ThinQ is out of the first flagship from LG to make both one step forward in the game and a step back on something. Perhaps budget, research and developments plays a huge role in bringing the seventh generation of LG’s flagship in the market.
The new LG G7 ThinQ is perhaps one of LG’s revolutionary device around. Up front, you’ll have the Full Vision screen making a comeback but one would notice at first glance is the new notch at the top of the device which both seems a little awkward and unnecessary if you’d ask me. Sure many of us likes the way notch have proliferated the entire smartphone ecosystem but there are those who are not a fan of it, don’t worry though as LG has a solution on that matter.
It has a large 6.1-inch display but unlike it previous iterations, the new G7 ThinQ opt for its IPS Panel instead of the OLED displays that most flagship devices are having today. Like what we’ve mentioned earlier, LG’s new notch display can be hidden away by making the surrounding area of the notch black. LG insists that the new notch feature is what a new generation of LG’s second screen.
While LG has a solution of hiding away the dreaded notch, still they can be noticed because of the company’s choice of display panel. With IPS LCD, the screen is backlit unlike with OLED’s where each individual pixels having visible light of their own and will only becomes lit when they are being used on the screen. With back-lit panels on its IPS display, the black bar around the notch looks more likely a gray bar instead.
But every disappointments that one could possibly complain about the display, LG’s new approach with its new M+ panel technology uses RGBW arrangement which uses the extra pixel to increase the contrast of the display bringing it into a thousand nits in brightness. It is also HDR 10 compliant with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top.
For imaging, the new handset comes with a dual 16 Megapixel main sensors. One features a bright f/1.6 lens with Optical Image Stabilization, 71-degree Field of View, Phase Detection and Laser AF. It’s secondary sensor comes with an f/1.9 Aperture, no OIS and is Fixed focus. it has a wide-angle lens though at 107-degree of Field of View and its primarily used as a depth sensor making bokeh shots effectively possible.
On the front, is an 8 Megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 Aperture and a 90-degree wide-angle lens best for Selfies. The camera tech on the LG G7 ThinQ uses LG’s AI Cam with Pixel binding technology which comes handy in low-light shots.
When it comes to build and quality, the LG G7 ThinQ is where it shines. It features a rounded corner in all four sides and the handset is built with an all metal frame sandwiched between two glass plates on the front and back which results into a premium and sturdy device. This approach gives an IP68 water and dust protection with MIL-STD-810G compliance.
In addition to its sturdiness, the LG G7’s design makes a hollow internal and uses it as an amplification mechanism for its Boom Box stereo speaker setup with DTS-X technology. It simulates a 7.1 Surround sound experience which is a first from a smartphone.
The new LG G7 ThinQ is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 for its graphics. The handset will be available in two configurations: 4GB/64GB or 6GB/128GB of RAM and storage combos. It also supports microSD cards which in this case, up to 400GB in capacities.
With the chipset of choice, the LG G7 ThinQ includes LTE-A support with 3-Band carrier aggregation, , Wi-Fi ac and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth 5.0. Other connectivity features includes: NFC, a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack connected to a high-end 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC from ESS, FM Radio and USB 3.1 on USB-C port.
The LG G7 ThinQ is running on a 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charging 3.0 support and Qi Wireless Charging capabilities. In runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and is Android P ready as well. And before we forget to mention, the handset has a dedicated Google Assistant key which fires up the Google AI Assistant on the fly. The handset will be available in New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue and Raspberry Red color options.
As for the price, LG hasn’t revealed the price for the new flagship device as of yet but they should be available and ready for each market as they as launch in each country where they will become available.