LG G7 ThinQ
Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to make a full specifications comparison between two flagships the LG G7 Vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. So, we’ve got the flagships from Samsung and LG this year, last year Samsung did overshadow LG will they do that again this year. Well, let’s find out-
Build & Design: –
Both smartphones are quite premium however they’re not too much different compared to last year. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus looks a lot like the Galaxy S8 Plus, and the LG G7 looks a lot like the LG V30 that we have the last year. Both phones have a metal frame with glass panels. On the G&, you do have a bit of a curved back, and with the S9 Plus, you’ve got curved panels both on the front and back. The panel is also symmetrical which in my opinion make the S9 Plus look unique. Generally speaking, I think both have a great build, and design overall and I don’t think you need to be disappointed with either. Both also have the IP68 water/dust resistant.
When it comes to the size difference, the LG G7 is an entirely a bit smaller compared to the Galaxy S9 Plus regarding the height, width as well as the thickness. It also weighs quite a bit less compared to the S9 Plus. So generally speaking, the G7 is the more compact device.
Both smartphones do have a 3.5mm headphone jack this is something that’s becoming extinct on smartphones these days. The G7 ThinQ, however, does have a 32 bits Hi-Fi Quad DAC this is something that we’re used to seeing on the V series, but LG is now bringing it over on to the G series as well.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has stereo speakers tuned by AKG, and we’ve also got Dolby Atmos surround sound. With the G&, we’ve got a single bottom firing speaker. However, this is a boom box speaker. Now, the way this works is it uses the inner space in the device as a resonance chamber to amplify the bass. Now having a quick listen to this, it does get deafening especially if you have it on a hard surface because the sound is going to vibrate off that surface too. The G7 ThinQ you’ve also got DTS-3D surround sound. Both have excellent sound quality. With the G7 although it does have that fantastic bass because it’s still a down-firing you can even cover it up. The S9 Plus although the bass is going to be as powerful or as loud, you’ve got stereo speakers, so it is going to come down to your personal preference.
The LG G7 ThinQ has a slightly smaller display, the 6.1-inches versus the 6.2-inches on the Galaxy S9 Plus. Both flagships have a narrow aspect ratio, but the S9 Plus has a slightly better screen to body ratio, and that is because the G7 has a notch. Now, this is something we’re seeing so much more of these days. You can switch this off with software however and there a few different options so you can have some coloured background as well for that notch. This is going to come down to your personal preference I know a lot of people passionately hate that notch, and if that is the case, then the S9 Plus might be the better option for you.
We do have a minimal bezel overall on both devices which are great, and we have different technologies for the displays as well. The Galaxy S9 Plus has Super AMOLED panel, and the G7 ThinQ has IPS LCD. Now, generally speaking, I always favour AMOLED of LCD I prefer the colours, the blacks are more profound, but LG has improved this LCD compared to previous years, and you do have a Super-bright display which is comparable to that of the S9 Plus. Now, when I was looking at both smartphones side by side both did look very bright, and I’m not sure which one is brighter overall.
Now, regarding resolution, you’ve got slightly more pixels on the G7, and that is because of that notch and the G7 also has a slightly better pixel density, this is something that I don’t think you can notice on a day to day usage.
With the Galaxy S9 Plus, you’ve got dual 12-megapixel cameras at both optically stabilised. The primary camera is a regular angle, and it has a dual aperture, this is one of the first smartphones with the dual aperture f/1.5 and f/2.4, and it switches between these two depending on the light in your environment, and there’s also a telephoto camera which is going to give you 2X optical zoom, and this has a f/2.4 aperture. I’ve been using the S9 Plus’s camera quite a bit over the past few weeks, and it does perform a very well.
With the LG G7 ThinQ, it also has a dual camera set up both 16-megapixels. The primary camera has an average angle of view, and that has a f/1.6 aperture, and the secondary camera is a super wide-angle camera, and that has a f/1.9 aperture. Now, this is something that’s kind of unique to LG having a wide-angle camera and it’s something that I prefer compared to a telephoto camera this is going to come down to your personal preference. The LG hasn’t confirmed if either of these cameras is optically stabilised or not.
We do have a portrait mode on both devices, and this is where it’s going to blur the background artificially, it’s cool light focus on the S9 Plus, and the G7 is just called portrait mode. What’s great is that on both devices, you can adjust the blur after the effect this is something that you can’t do on all devices, so it’s nice that both of these do have that.
The LG G7 ThinQ also has AI Cam, so this is basically where the camera is going to try to detect the scene and work to enhance your images accordingly, similar to what we saw on the Huawei P20 Pro.
For videos, the Galaxy S9 Plus does have 4K up to 60 frames per second. It’s also got super slo-mo, so that’s 720p up to 960 frames per second. Here you can use the automatic motion detection where it’s going to allow you to place a square in your scene and then it’s going to look out for motion in that square as soon as it notices it, it’s going to give that bursts of slow-motion and you can get some fresh results.
Now with the G7 have not yet confirmed the frame rates I would assume 4K at 30 fps at lest and possibly 60 frames per second as well because the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 does support this, but there has been no mention of slow motion, so we are not too sure about that as yet.
Front Camera: –
The front-facing cameras, the S9 Plus has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/1.7 aperture as well as autofocus. The LG G7 also has an 8-megapixel camera, but it has a f/1.7 aperture. Now, both devices also have a portrait mode from the front-facing camera where it’s going to blur the background artificially. But with the Galaxy S9 Plus, it only takes one shot, and that’s it.
With the LG G7, you can adjust the blur after the effect as well as you can do with the rear-facing cameras. It is quite cool because it’s something that I’ve not seen from a front facing camera before.
Processor & Memory: –
We have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor powering both flagships. The Galaxy S9 Plus does come with an Exynos 9810 variant now; this is going to vary depending on your region. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus also comes with six gigs of RAM and the LG G7 comes with a base of 4 gigs of RAM, but there will be 6 gigs of RAM version available I’m not sure which markets that will be for. Now, because of this similar internals, I expect similar performance overall.
Now for storage, the Galaxy S9 Plus has a base of 64GB but there are 128GB as well as the 256GB version is available. With the LG G7, it’s going to at 64GB as well, and there is also going be a 128GB version available to specific markets, but with both phones, you do have a microSD card slot so you can’t expand that storage which is fantastic to have.
You’ve got Android Oreo 8.0 on both devices. They do come with their skin so you’ve got a Samsung skin on the S9 Plus and you’ve got LG skin on the LG G7. Now, both do come with their advantages and disadvantages it’s going to come down to your personal preference which one you like.
Biometrics & Security: –
Both of these have a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device underneath the cameras. In my testing, both work great and are super fast. You’ve also got facial recognition on both machines but the S9 Plus does also come with an Iris scanner, and that’s going to give you Intelligent scan as well which uses a combination of facial recognition as well as the Iris scanner. So you do have a few additional options here on the Galaxy S9 Plus.
Bixby Vs Google Assistant: –
Now, we do have an additional button on both devices on the left-hand side. With the S9 Plus, it is the Bixby button, and this is going to launch Samsung’s very own AI assistant. With the G7, you have a dedicated button as well, but this is going to start Google Assistant, so LG has been working closely with Google. With this button pressing it once is going to launch Google Assistant, pushing it twice it’s going to start Google Lens, pressing and holding it is going to allow Google Walkie-talkie commands without having to say ‘‘Okay’’. We have also got similar setup here with the Bixby button by pressing and holding it you can get the Bixby commands without having to say “Hey”.
If you do like Google Assistant, then this might be a useful addition, but if you don’t mind Bixby, then this might be quite useful for you as well. With Bixby, you can complete actions deep within apps this is something that you can’t do with the Google Assistant, but Bixby is not as knowledgeable as Google. One thing both of these have in common is that you cannot remap the buttons, you can switch them off, but you can’t remap them.
The Galaxy S9 Plus has a large at 3500 milliamp-hours battery compared to the LG G7 3000 milliamp-hours battery. Now, usage is going to vary with the S9 Plus I’m getting Okay battery life around 4 -5 hours of on-screen time in a day. I’m not so sure how good the G7 battery will be especially considering the smallest size. The good thing is both devices do have fast charging, you’ve also got wireless charging on both devices, but the S9 Plus does support fast wireless charging too.
Now, regarding pricing and availability the S9 Plus, of course, it is already available, and you’re looking at around $840 in the USA if you buy offline this is for the 64GB version, and in the UK starts at 128GB at 870 pounds. With the G7, it starts at 650 dollars for the base model in the USA.
So those are the key differences between the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and the LG G7 ThinQ both promising devices and I think what’s familiar about both these devices is that they try to take as many boxes as possible. We’ve got expandable storage, 3.5mm headphone jacks on both devices, these are things that we’re seeing so less of these days which do you prefer overall the LG G7 or the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus drop me your comment below and let me know your thoughts.