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LG G7 ThinQ: Brighter, Smarter, Louder
by Seth L.
BRIGHTER, SMARTER, LOUDER

Again, notches and rounded edges seems to be the only thing smartphone makers can dream about lately. And yes, the G7 ThinQ has all of those as well, making it look like yet another cousin of a certain fruit branded smartphone. If the notch irritates you , there is an option to hide in on the G7 ThinQ.

The G7 ThinQ looks great sandwiched in a svelte metal frame with beautiful Gorilla Glass 5 back and front, and is IP68 dust and water resistant. There’s a volume rocker on the left-hand side and power button on the right-hand side of the smartphone, along with a dedicated button to launch the Google Assistant. The fingerprint sensor can be found on the back of the device, if you are not into the whole face scanning to unlock thing which the G7 ThinQ has.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and paired with an Adreno 630 GPU, the G7 ThinQ comes into the flagship game well-prepared. There are two choices for RAM and storage – 4GB RAM+64GB storage and 6GB RAM+128GB storage. Both options comes with a microSD slot, if you ever want to bump the space up even more. In the battery department, the G7 ThinQ comes in a little bit thinner than its predecessors, packing only a 3000mAh but the device does have wireless charging and QuickCharge 3.0 so that might help with battery life somewhat.

There are several color options for the G7 ThinQ - New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose, and New Aurora Black.

The G7 ThinQ display is a 6.1-inch Quad HD+ (3120×1440) FullVision “Super Bright Display” with an extra-tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Why is it called a “Super Bright Display”? It’s because the engineers at LG were crazy enough to put in a retina-burning 1000 nit peak capacity display on the G7 ThinQ, as compared to the usual 500 to 600 nits displays. Reading the screen under bright sunlight will be no problem on this device but it’s still not an OLED ... :(

Camera-wise, the G7 ThinQ comes with vertically-aligned dual 13MP rear shooters. The standard-angle snapper rocks a 71-degree field-of-view and a f/1.6 aperture, and the wide-angle one comes with a 107-degree field-of-view and a f/1.9 aperture. The cameras takes advantage of LG’s AI technology, with up to 19 shooting modes which allows them to recognise objects, provides photo suggestions and automatically optimise image quality by controlling settings like brightness, contrast and even filter suggestions. Pretty slick we should say but it could get irritating after a while. Just like that friend of yours that likes to look over your shoulders, giving suggestions and passing judgement on your photography skills. Fortunately, the AI can be switched off, not sure about your friend though...

The audio experience of the G7 ThinQ is where LG is making a lot of noise about. The G7 ThinQ has a ‘Boombox Speaker’ effect, where the phone uses its inner space as a resonance chamber to ‘amp up the bass and deliver a premium, loud and room-filling audio experience’ The G7 ThinQ will also come with 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC with 7.1 channel DTS:X 3D Surround Sound. This is the first time DTS:X is incorporated into a smartphone and you will need a pair of wired headphones to fully utilise its object-oriented positional sound. Worry not as the G7 ThinQ does come with an audio jack. The G7 ThinQ also has far-field voice recognition, which pairs nicely with Google Assistant, so you can ‘Hey Google’ away if you are across the room.

VERDICT

With a brighter screen, smarter camera AI and exceptional audio quality, LG might just have a winner on their hands though with close competition from other flagships that has almost similar capabilities, we hope LG would make the G7 ThinQ a compelling purchase by offering it for a lower price point.

Currently the price and availability has not be confirmed yet but they said the pre-order window will be opened very soon so do check back to this page for further information!

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