LG G7 ThinQ, G7+ ThinQ Are Official With A Display Notch, Dedicated Button For Google Assistant & More

LG recorded its highest ever earnings in 2017. The company reported a profit of $55.4 billion USD over the last year. The South Korean company's mobile division, though, has constantly been plummeting. Except for one quarter, LG's smartphone business has constantly turned losses over the last two years. The G7 ThinQ and G7+ ThinQ are LG's latest attempt at changing its fortune.

The LG G7 ThinQ and G7+ ThinQ were made official at an event in New York yesterday. The two smartphones succeed last year's G6 and boast of a 6.1" IPS LCD 19.5:9 display with a notch, Snapdragon 845, dual cameras, a dedicated (and non-remappable) button for Google Assistant, and 'boombox'.

The only difference between the G7 and G7+ is in terms of RAM and storage. The former has 4G RAM and 64GB internal storage, while the latter has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Both the models have support for storage expansion via microSD. The specifications are listed below.

Device LG G7 ThinQ / LG G7+ ThinQ
Bands 4G: LTE
FDD LTE band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/25/26/29/30/66
3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Display 6.1", 1440x3120 IPS LCD, 564ppi, 1000 nits brightness
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9
(Length x Breadth x Height)
153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight 162 g
Processor Snapdragon 845 (Quad-core 2.8GHz Kryo 350 Gold
and Quad-core 1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver),
Adreno 630 GPU
RAM 4GB (G7 ThinQ) / 6GB (G7+ ThinQ)
Storage 64GB (for G7 ThinQ) internal memory
128GB (for G7+ ThinQ) internal memory,
support for microSD up to 400GB (all models)
Rear Camera 16MP (f/1.6, 71-degree) + 16MP (f/1.9, wide angle, 107-degree),
laser autofocus, PDAF, 4K 30fps
Front Camera 8MP (f/1.9), 80-degree wide angle, 1080p 30fps
Battery 3000mAh
Charging USB-C, QuickCharge 3.0
Security Fingerprint sensor (rear)
Software Android Oreo 8.0
Headphone jack Yes, with Hi-Fi Quad DAC
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyro, barometer
Durability IP68, MIL-STD 810G
Colours New Platinum Gray / New Aurora Black / New Moroccan Blue / Raspberry Rose
Pricing To be detailed
Miscellaneous Bluetooth 5.0

The LG V30S ThinQ was the company's first smartphone to sport the 'ThinQ' branding. ThinQ is LG's umbrella name for all its products with AI features. Like the V30S, the G7 smartphones make use of artificial intelligence to help the camera take better shots. LG claims that "AI CAM" is "intelligence-optimized" to deliver great pictures in nineteen shooting modes. Basically, the software will automatically attune the camera settings according to what you are taking a photo of.

In low light, the camera will make use of software processing and pixel binning technology to yield the best results. LG didn't make it clear as to how pixel binning will work in the G7, but the same technology was used in the V30S. In the V30S, the rear 16MP camera was divided into four groups of 4MP each. In low light, each group clicked a 4MP image and the four images were then merged by software to produce a 4MP image.

The display on the G6 can get bright up to 1,000 nits. In comparison, the high brightness mode on the Galaxy S9 can deliver up to 1,130 nits with its 'High Brightness' mode.

As mentioned before, the G7 has a dedicated button for Google Assitant, just like Samsung has a button on the S9 for launching Bixby. The button on the G7 can't be reprogrammed for anything else but can be disabled in settings. A single tap of the button will trigger Assistant, a double tap will launch Google Lens and with a long press, the user can start giving commands to Assistant. LG claims that the Assistant will be able to recognize commands given from as far as five meters.

Unlike previous LG flagships, the fingerprint scanner on the G7 no longer doubles up as the power button. The fingerprint sensor is located at the back, below the camera module, and the power button is placed on the right side.

LG claims that the single bottom firing speaker on the G7 can deliver double the bass than the speaker on "conventional smartphones". LG says that because the internal casing surrounding the speaker has been removed, it acts as a resonance chamber. The resonance chamber is utilized as a woofer to amplify the bass.

The G7 will be up for sale in South Korea in the "coming days", and will soon be made available in other countries. The pricing and availability of the G7 and G7+ are yet to be revealed, and LG says it will detail the price and purchase details closer to the time of availability in each country.

[All images are courtesy of LG]

Krittin Kalra
Krittin Kalra is a 20 year old Android freak. Striving for passions, chasing down his dreams and living a life without regrets is his sole mantra. A bit moody, he also does custom ROM reviews for AndroGuider. Currently pursuing his B.Tech, he aspires to follow his heart.
LG G7 ThinQ, G7+ ThinQ Are Official With A Display Notch, Dedicated Button For Google Assistant & More LG G7 ThinQ, G7+ ThinQ Are Official With A Display Notch, Dedicated Button For Google Assistant & More Reviewed by Krittin Kalra on 5/04/2018 12:08:00 AM
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