LG G7 ThinQ
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to take a look at the LG G7 ThinQ review. This is probably one of the few times you’ll hear me say it’s full name. Otherwise, I’m just going to call it the LG G7 which is what most people are probably going to do anyway. So, for the past couple of years, LG’s been making some excellent smartphones and the LG G7 is another really great smartphone from LG but can this be the phone that gets LG out of the shadows of Samsung and Apple and give the attention it deserves or will it still just fly quietly under the radar. So, let’s start in detailing-
Design & Build: –
It’s an LG V30 but in a smaller package it’s got glass on the front and back, and a solid metal frame on the sides, and the rounded corners and curved back makes it pretty comfortable to hold. The LG G7 ThinQ is pretty much completely smooth to the touch, but it surprisingly doesn’t feel slippery. It does attract a lot of fingerprints though, but that’s just to be expected when you’re dealing with a mostly glass phone.
One of the most significant pieces of hardware here on the LG G7 is the dedicated AI key on the side, this is probably similar to the Bixby button on the Samsung phones, but the G7 uses Google assistant instead which instantly makes it that much more useful. So pressing on and launches Google Assistant even if the phone is asleep but you can also press and hold to start voice dictation and let go once you’re done talking. And if you double tap the will button will launch you straight into Google Lens. The biggest gripe that I think a lot of people are going to have with this button is that it’s not remappable, but the possibility of that changing isn’t entirely out of the window. LG said that they might change this in the future, but even if they don’t, it’s still a convenient button to have for Google Assistant.
The fingerprint sensor is still on the back which works equally as fast but it no longer doubles as a power button like it did on previous LG phones instead the power button is now in a more traditional spot on the right side, the power button being on the back was definitely one of LG’s defining features, but I don’t mind the change. It’s nice to have the power button as an option for waking up the phone again when it’s laying flat on a table or desk, but you also have double tap to wake as well if you prefer using that.
The display is going to have a lot of people talking for multiple reasons; for one, it has a notch and not everyone is going to like that after the first couple of days it didn’t really bother me all that much anymore but if you really hate it, LG software lets you turn the areas of the screen around the notch to black to make it look like a regular bezel. You can also customize these areas with different coloured gradients but I thought this was a cheap parlour trick and it makes a notch standout even more.
The good news is the notch doesn’t interfere with apps or videos, so if you are watching a YouTube video, for example, It doesn’t take the video itself and instead again turns into a regular black bezel. The notched side the screen is gorgeous, it’s an IPS panel and not OLED like the V30, but it still looks great. It’s vibrant, colourful, sharp and LG calls this is a super bright display because it’s able to go up to a thousand nits of brightness which makes it extremely easy to see in direct sunlight.
LG was able to do this by using an RGB white subpixel arrangement instead of the standard RGB, and the addition of the white subpixel is allowed the screen to be brighter, and it’s pretty easy to enable the brightness boost. All you have to do is tap on the brightness boost toggle, and it instantly jumps up to max brightness, and it’ll stay that way for a maximum of 3 minutes. I also really like a lot of the preloaded wallpapers which do a pretty solid job of showing off how great this display looks.
LG is well known for is their camera experience. Let’s start with the front-facing camera first, after sticking with 5-megapixels for so long they finally upgraded it to 8-megapixels on the G7. This not only gives you more resolution but the selfies from this new front-facing camera much sharper, more detailed and it has pretty excellent colour reproduction and skin tones. LG has also added a Portrait mode if you want that background blur and it works decently well, but it sometimes doesn’t always get the cut out quite right. It would sometimes blur out my hair or one of my ears and even blurred out my headphones. So it definitely could use some improvement.
On the rear, you’ve got LG’s traditional dual camera setup. Both cameras are 16-megapixels with the first sensor, featuring an aperture of f/1.6 and optical image stabilization and the secondary sensor is a wide-angle lens at f/1.9. The wide-angle lens has been reduced to a 107-degree field of view which is still plenty wide for capturing landscapes or group photos, and this reduction in these sensors field of view was made to help eliminate the barrel distortion that a lot of people didn’t like.
LG has also brought over the AI cam that was first introduced on the V30s. The AI cam is capable of analysing the scene, and the subjects within the scene and from there it’ll automatically apply a filter and give you a few other suggested filters to hopefully give you a better-looking photo. For the most part, it’s pretty quick at recognising what it’s looking at but I wasn’t a fan of any of the filters that applied to my photos, and I thought some of them looked worse than the pictures taken without AI. It’s a neat feature if you like having the camera do most of the work, but if you want to have control of your photos from start to finish, you probably won’t find it all that useful.
Generally, speaking photos from the LG G7 ThinQ’s cameras are pretty solid with pleasant looking colours, crisp and sharp details, and pretty good dynamic range.
For low-light shots, LG has added a super bright camera mode which uses pixel binning to flood in more light, but I didn’t like that the images are lower resolution and the results were muddy in comparison to regular low-light shot. You’ll get the best low-light performance with the main sensor which produces sharper details, better colours and significantly less noisy when compared to the wide-angle. That isn’t all too surprising those since the wide-angle has a narrower aperture and doesn’t have OIS.
This is a high-end 2018 flagship so it’s got all the specs that you would want out of a high-end phone. There’s a Snapdragon 845 inside with 4 or 6 gigabytes of RAM depending on the storage model. It’s IP68 dust, and water resistant has a micro SD card slot for extra storage, and it even supports wireless charging standards if you like wireless charging.
Performance on the G7 is exactly what you might expect, it’s extremely fast with fluid animations, touch response is excellent, apps are quick to launch, and it plays all the latest and greatest game titles that you’ll find on Google Play with smooth frame rates and graphics. It’ll pretty much handle anything you throw at it without ever slowing down.
The software is a reasonably standard LG experience and if you use an LG phone before you instantly feel right at home. It’s running on top of Android 8.0 Oreo with all the typical LG features that you might expect like the always-on display, smart bulletin, gaming tools and the floating bar that replaced the second screen the LG used to use in the V series.
There’s a couple of things that LG has become pretty synonymous forward with their smartphones over the last few years one of those things is Audio. For starters, it still has a headphone jack which is excellent news, and secondly, the G7 has the same superior Quad DAC that delivers fantastic sound especially if you own a pair of high impedance headphones. The significant improvement here this time though is the addition of DTS X virtual surround sound which is supposed to give you a more immersive audio experience but this is really just a future-proofing feature at this point because the content needs to support DTS X in order for you to get the full effect and there isn’t much of that available just yet.
The other improvement that LG has made is with the single bottom firing speaker. Usually, most bottom firing speakers aren’t worth talking about but what makes this one unique is that it uses the space inside the phone as resonance and you can feel the sound move through the phone. Putting the phone down in the hollow container or even just an ordinary hard surface like a table or desk will make the speaker sound even louder, and I was pretty blown away by how much louder it seems.
As far as the battery life is concerned, it isn’t the best. It’s a 3000 milliamp-hours battery which is smaller than a lot of competing flagships and even smaller than last year’s LG G6. I get around 4 to 4 and ½ hours of screen on time at most which are excellent for light usage, but if you play a lot of games throughout the day and watch a lot of YouTube on your phone, it’s not going to get through the day without recharging at least once.
The LG G7 ThinQ will be available on all major US carriers starting June 1st except At&T and supposedly going to Ballpark at around $650 which will be pretty competitive to Samsung and Apple if that is indeed true. Like many of LG’s previous flagships, this phone has what it takes to compete well with other major smartphones. But the questions remains if the LG G7 ThinQ will give LG the recognition they deserve only time will tell. But if you’re considering getting an LG phone for the first time, the LG G7 wouldn’t be a wrong place to start.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|LG G7 ThinQ||Coming Soon||Rs 54,990|
|The American Buyers|
|LG G7 ThinQ||Coming Soon||$ 650.00|
|LG G7 ThinQ||Coming Soon||Tk. 64,499|
|LG G7 ThinQ||Coming Soon||PKR 87,000|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Hybrid SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1440 x 3120p, 19.5:9 Ratio (564 PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (16-MP, f/1.6, OIS + 16-MP, f/1.9), Laser & PDAF, LED Flash|
|Front||8-MP, f/1.9, 1080p|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|CPU||Octa-Core up to 2.8GHz|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB RAM / 128GB, 6GB RAM|
|External||Up to 400GB (micro SD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Proximity, Compass, Gyro, Accelerometer, Barometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, WiFi direct, Hotspot, DLNA|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0|
|Others||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, NFC & Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3000 mAh|