In recent years, LG has produced some incredible smartphones, but its smartphone portfolio has flown under the radar of most buyers. LG has always been the second violin of Samsung and has no marketing power to compete with Apple. This has always meant that the big players in the sector have overshadowed LG products, resulting in an unprofitable sales number that has forced LG to change its smartphone strategy. LG G7 ThinQ is the first phone of this new strategy. Can you attract the attention that LG deserves or will suffer the same fate as the previous LG flagships? Let’s find out in our LG G7 ThinQ Review.
LG G7 ThinQ – Design
The most obvious way to describe the design of the LG G7 ThinQ is the visual appearance of a smaller LG V30. I was a great fan of the LG V30 design. It was probably one of the best smartphones of 2017, and it’s nice to see LG bring that design to the G series.
ThinQ G7 is built with a standard smartphone formula. The front and rear bodies are made of glass and metal rails along the perimeter. The back is a bit curved, and the corners are rounded, that gives the phone an elegant shape of pebble which makes it comfortable to hold. There is no texture for glass or metal, but LG somehow managed to make the phone slippery. The rear glass is also very prone to fingerprints, which is expected.
The quality of LG G7 ThinQ construction is fantastic. The phone is stable, robust and its small size makes it easier to use in one hand than your older brother, the LG V30. The standard ports are all on the bottom, which includes a single speaker, USB Type-C port, and the favorite 3.5mm headphone jack.
One of the most critical design changes is the transfer of the power button. Instead of being integrated with the fingerprint sensor at the back, it is now in a more traditional position on the right side. I’m sad to see it. It was one of LG’s most iconic design features.
Another fundamental change is the addition of an AI shortcut hotkey. This button is just below the volume buttons on the left side. It’s the same as the Samsung Bixby button on Galaxy devices but calls the Google Assistant much more useful. Pressing the button will launch the Google Assistant even if the phone is idle, which is not something you can do with the link on the Google Assistant screen. The button can also be pressed as a walkie-talkie while the voice dictation lasts and is released at the end of the conversation.back to menu ↑
LG G7 ThinQ – Display
LG G7 ThinQ comes with a narrow, high aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 with thin frames and a notch. The notch houses the headset, the front camera, the proximity sensor and the ambient light sensor, but it does not do anything special. LG calls the notch area of “New Second Screen,” effectively betting on its claim as the creator of the idea of the notch, but it is a confusing choice as it does not add any extra features like secondary screens on previous LG phones.
If you’re not a fan of the notch, LG’s software allows the surrounding areas to become black, effectively camouflaging them as a standard frame. The areas around the notch can also be customized with different colors and shades. This seemed an economic trick and made the notch stand out even more. Fortunately, the level does not interfere with content such as videos or games. Instead of overlaid content like iPhone X, the ThinQ G7 slot automatically turns into a black panel, and the content does not extend beyond that area.
Despite the notch, the screen of the LG G7 ThinQ is phenomenal. The display is a 6.1-inch IPS LCD panel with a crisp, clear resolution of 3,120 x 1,440 (Quad-HD). It is not an OLED, but the screen is vibrant, colorful and pleasant to use to consume the media. Screen colors can be adjusted to your liking through the screen settings with RGB and color sliders, as well as a variety of screen modes. I found the default settings to be completely satisfactory though.
LG calls this Super Bright display. It is capable of up to 1,000 nits of brightness because LG has added a white subpixel to the standard RGB subpixel format to increase brightness. This can be activated by touching the brightness button next to the brightness slider, allowing the screen to exceed the maximum brightness.back to menu ↑
LG G7 ThinQ – Hardware
With LG G7 ThinQ, LG has continued to emphasize the audio. The LG Quad-Signature DAC is back, delivering higher quality sound, less distortion, less noise and better dynamic range, and is a feature appreciated by owners of high impedance headphones.
In addition to the quad DAC, LG has implemented 3D DTS: X surround sound or virtual surround sound. This is designed to provide a surround sound experience through stereo speakers (or headphones in the case of G7 ThinQ). At the moment, it is more a future function of the quizzes because the content you watch or listen must be compatible with DTS: X, which is not yet available. It can also provide a surround sound experience with non-DTS: X files by changing the sound environment, but it is not as impressive.
The phone is also equipped with a microSD card slot for additional storage space, in addition to IP68 dust and water resistance, for greater peace of mind if the device gets wet.back to menu ↑
LG G7 ThinQ – Software
The software experience in the ThinQ G7 will be familiar to anyone who has used an LG smartphone in recent years. LG’s software has made great strides, with less printing software, a cleaner interface, and better application design. It is relatively comfortable for the eyes, with a uniform color scheme on all elements of the user interface, smooth animations, and easy-to-read fonts.
There are a myriad of options to customize the user interface as you wish. By default, the launcher does not have an application drawer, but you can add a traditional application tray button, or you can use a sliding gesture more like Pixel. The LG themes engine allows additional customization with additional backgrounds, icon packs, user interface themes and always-on clocks.
You also have the mobile bar previously introduced in LG V30 to replace the old hardware-based secondary screen. This allows you to quickly access apps, music controls, contacts, and other quick actions, such as taking a selfie. Many of LG’s other software features, such as the Smart Bulletin, KnockON and gaming tools, are similar to other LG phones, while some of them received a slight facelift. Smart Settings have been renamed to Context Awareness, although its functions for automating tasks when certain conditions remain unchanged.
LG’s software is based on Android 8.0 Oreo, rather than on the new 8.1. Since the 8.1 update is relatively small, it’s not a big deal, but this is a new flagship, so it would have been nice to have the latest version of Android as possible. LG does not have the best record when it comes to upgrades, and if you have a carrier version, it may take a while before LG sees this update.back to menu ↑
LG G7 ThinQ – Performance
The LG G7 ThinQ comes with the most potent specification currently available for a flagship 2018 model. It includes a Snapdragon 845 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in storage or 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage space. The device had the expected performance with smooth and fast animation, excellent touch response and speedy performance when launching applications or games.
Jumping through multiple apps has no problems and can play any game you find in the Play Store with exceptional graphics and smooth gameplay. The performance of the real world indeed refers to the reference numbers, and the ThinQ G7 has not had any difficulty with the tasks I have performed.
The most significant audio amplification of LG is the exclusive ThinQ G7 bass speaker. It is generally not worth talking about individual speakers, but this uses the space inside the phone as a resonance camera. You can sense the vibrations of the sound moving on the phone while listening to music or watching a video and placing the phone inside or in a hollow container or a common hard surface will amplify the sound. It’s not comparable to the stereo speakers, but it’s a perfect trick, and I was impressed by the loudspeaker volume by placing the phone on my desk.back to menu ↑
LG G7 ThinQ – Camera
LG has finally updated its front camera. The LG G7 ThinQ now has an 8MP front camera, which is excellent news for selfie lovers. The extra resolution brings a considerable difference in detail, sharpness and offers more space to crop images. G7 ThinQ’s selfies are excellent with an excellent reproduction of the colors and natural shades of the skin.
On the back, LG G7 ThinQ uses the LG combination of standard and wide-angle lenses. Both sensors have 16 megapixels, which means that there is no loss of resolution when changing sensors. The primary sensor is still the best goal regarding quality. It has an aperture f/1.6 brighter than the f/1.9 of the wide-angle and also has OIS. The main advantage for the wide-angle lens is, of course, to adapt more to the frame: it is perfect for landscapes or group selfies. The wide-angle lens has been reduced to a field of view of 107 degrees from previous generations, but this has eliminated the distortion of the barrel at the edges of the photos. It’s still a lot of fun to use, and the reduction in the field of view is not very obvious.
LG G7 ThinQ is full of gills with camera functions. Manual checks similar to DSLR for photos and videos remain intact, with Cine-log being the only relevant missing feature. It seems to be reserved for the V series for now, but LG introduced the AI camera introduced in the ThinQ V30S.
The AI camera can analyze the scene and the subjects within the scene and automatically provide filters that produce (hopefully) a more beautiful image. The camera recognizes what it is watching most of the time, but has never appreciated the filters provided. I’ve often preferred camera results without using AI. It’s an interesting feature if you want the camera to do most of the image processing work, but if you want full control from start to finish, you probably will not find it very useful.
The photos of the primary camera are very good with soft colors that are not overly saturated and crisp details. The dynamic range is above average, retaining a fair amount of detail in the shadows and highlights. In low light conditions, the camera maintains many details and colors, keeping noise to a minimum – at least on the primary sensor. The results of the wide-angle lens tend to be more washed with excessive noise. Its narrower opening and lack of OIS means that you need to rely on higher ISOs to create a brighter image.back to menu ↑
LG G7 ThinQ – Battery Life
The performance of the battery life is good but not as impressive as the rest of the phone specifications. The 3,000 mAh battery is not small, but many of the flagships in its class have larger batteries. Last year’s G6 also had a bigger battery. Regardless of this, the ThinQ G7 can last a whole day, but only in prime time. It will not take you until late at night without reloading again unless its use is used relatively lightly.
If you’re a great mobile player or have a lot of content on your device, expect to charge G7 ThinQ at least once during the day. Fortunately, charging can be done quickly with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 or wireless charging, as the LG G7 supports both wireless charging models.back to menu ↑
LG G7 ThinQ – Specifications
|LG G7 ThinQ|
|Display||6.1-inch IPS LCD display 1440 x 3120 resolution 19.5:9 aspect ratio Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core|
|Storage||64/128 GB Micro-SD expansion up to 512 GB|
Front: 8 MP, f/1.9, 26mm
|Audio||Single Speaker (at the bottom) 3.5mm audio jack DTS: X Surround Sound|
|Battery||3,000mAh Non-removable Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0) USB Type-C 1.0 port, USB On-The-Go|
|IP rating||IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot Bluetooth 5.0 NFC|
|Software||Android 8.0 Oreo, planned upgrade to Android 9.0 (P)|
|Dimensions and weight||153 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm 155 grams|
|Colors||New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose|
LG G7 ThinQ Review – Conclusion
LG did it again this year. The LG G7 ThinQ is another fantastic smartphone. It does not do anything exceptionally innovative, but there is a lot to appreciate on this phone. It has a super-bright screen, an exceptional design, an excellent AI camera and a dedicated Google Assistant button. The audio experience we knew and loved from LG improved even further with DTS: X and the new boombox speaker.
The battery life could have been much better, and some may not like the inclusion of a notch. However, that’s not the deal breaker. If the LG G7 ThinQ can supplant its biggest rivals, it will indeed have the firepower to fight with the best available smartphones. LG deserves more recognition from consumers and, if you have not considered LG in the past, the LG G7 ThinQ is a great option.
LG G7 ThinQ comes with some very interesting features that include a SuperBright display, a dedicated Google Assistant button, DTS: X surround and an incredibly loud speaker. In addition, it comes with a notch that may not please everyone, but its powerful specifications and advanced feature set make it a worthy competitor.
- Brilliant-sounding speakers
- Speedy software
- Solid battery life
- Handy wide-angle camera
- Useful Super Bright Display
- AI Cam needs work
- Average Battery life