LG may have sort of kinda announced the G7 ThinQ already over the course of the past couple of weeks but now the phone is all official like, and as you might have guessed the final announcement shows off a phone that is much more interesting than the little tidbits of information that had been provided piecemeal.
Officially called the LG G7 ThinQ, pronounced thin-cue, the new handset follows a familiar design that looks very much like an iPhone X.
That of course is not a particular knock against the new G7 because many, many smartphones look like the iPhone X these days. It’s something that happens year on year and 2018 is no different. Still, if you’re looking for something that stands out from the crowd, the G7 ThinkQ is unlikely to be it.
What it does do though is offer a fairly compelling list of features. There’s a big, colorful display wrapped around that now familiar notch and there are some impressive cameras around the back. There’s also a dedicated Google Assistant button and it can do some sort of facial recognition for unlocking. In short, it’s every bit the 2018 flagship smartphone, at least on paper, so we’ll need to see some real hands-on reviews before making some decisions about whether this could be LG’s first real hit in, well, a long time.
Specifications wise, there’s a 6.1-inch “FullVision” display featuring a QHD+ resolution. There’s a notch, yes, but there’s a software toggle to hide it if that’s the approach you prefer. Like many other Android phones that has this iPhone X-inspired notch design, this LG smartphone has a chin bezel at the bottom unlike Apple’s smartphone.
Inside we have the familiar 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, or 6GB of RAM and a generous 128GB of storage. The 3,000mAh should prove sufficient when paired with Android Oreo that comes running out-of-the-box.
Those cameras we mentioned earlier comprise a 71° 16-megapixel camera with an f/1.6 aperture alongside a 107° 16-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture. Between them you’ll get the same depth of field effects you will with an iPhone and indeed most high-end handsets these days, and there’s a healthy dose of AI thrown in which will apparently allow users to take better images with settings altered depending on what the camera sees. Taking a photo of a flower? Expect the settings to reflect that, supposedly producing a better picture as a result.
If you’re going to buy an LG G7 ThinQ then you have four colors to choose from including Aurora Black, Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue, and Raspberry Rose. There’s no release date for the US just yet, but pre-orders with carriers will kick off on May 24th. While LG is yet to announce a price for it, expect it to cost somewhere on the lines of last year’s LG G6.