LG is back with their latest flagship phone for 2018, the LG G7 ThinQ (G7 ThinQ). The latest smartphones from LG and superheroes from comic books have some similarities.
LG G7 ThinQ
- Great software
- Brilliant speakers
- Display screen is extremely bright
- Overall design could have been better
- Low light performance of the camera is not great
- AI cam is not very impressive
Every latest release from LG has some type of superpower, a peculiarity which makes them unique, distinct, and even unusual in some cases.
With the new G7 ThinQ, the brand offers enhanced convenience with the help of deep artificial intelligence integration. Apart from its AI abilities, the phone features a beautiful display screen which is extremely bright, wide-angle dual cameras, and an extremely loud speaker.
With all these bells and whistles, the new smartphone from LG is indeed a superhero. But what really is its superpower? Read this in-depth review to find out the answer:
LG G7 ThinQ Design:
While the phone comes with a host of features that make it an excellent flagship smartphone for 2018, the design could have been a notch better. Even though the phone has a premium look and feel to it. It would have been better if LG had also experimented with the design of the phone.
Nevertheless, the front and back of the phone are fully protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 as well as a metal frame which securely wraps the entire perimeter of the phone.
The phone has an IP68 rating so it’s waterproof and dustproof, it’s comfortable to carry and easy to handle with one hand.
The dual cameras, which bulge slightly, are located at the back of the phone. The fingerprint scanner, which is extremely fast and responsive is located below the dual cameras.
However, unlike the G6, you cannot use the fingerprint scanner as the power button. Instead, the power button is now on the right side of the phone and you can press it twice to launch the camera.
The G7 ThinQ is available in four different colors- blue, rose, gray and black. However, not all the colors are available in every market.
All the colors have the same metallic finish which has a tendency to collect lots of fingerprints. This might be the reason why the phone comes with a small cleaning cloth.
Overall, the phone checks all the right boxes for being a powerful flagship phone. The design is not bad, however, the G7 ThinQ looks a bit similar to that of its predecessor. LG could have been more innovative with the design.
The G7 ThinQ has a 6.1-inches IPS LCD display screen which has a resolution of 1440 x 3120p. The display screen is extremely attractive and this is one of the main selling points for this phone.
If you look at all the G-series phones from LG, the G7 ThinQ is the largest of all with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Even with its secondary display screen and buttons on the screen, there is still adequate space for your content and apps.
The colors that the display screen exhibits do not look 100% accurate, they are a bit saturated and bold but very much likable. The brightness is the best attributes of the display.
LG has added a sub-white pixel to the standard red, green and blue to offer a brightness of 1000-nits, making it one of the brightest smartphones on the market.
However, this brightness comes with a few drawbacks. For instance, the brightness of 1000-nits cannot be used for a long period of time because it consumes more battery and it generates heat.
The colors tend to lose their integrity at such high brightness. However, legibility is what the users desire when they are outdoors and the G7 ThinQ excels in this department.
One innovative feature of the G7 ThinQ is its second screen which is known as ‘The Notch’. It’s an amazing design feature which allows the phone to squeeze more area for the display screen without increasing the size of the phone.
The cutout is home to the front camera, earpiece, and other sensors. While the Notch hosts your notification icons, status information, and clock.
Let’s talk about the camera specs, the G7 ThinQ features a dual camera setup; one camera is your standard camera while the other camera is a wide-angle camera.
The standard camera has a resolution of 16MP, fixed aperture of F/16 and OIS (optical image stabilization). The wide-angle camera has a viewing angle of 107-degrees. Both cameras use the same 1.0-micron pixels sensor.
Just like the G6, the camera app in the G7 ThinQ comes with a host of features and functionalities that smartphone users will appreciate. You get manual controls for the videos and photos as well as added support for 4K videos.
There are a few drawbacks, the camera app is slow while taking photos. It’s also a bit slow when you try to switch between modes.
You do not have the ability to switch between the standard camera and the wide-angle camera when shooting videos.
Overall, the dual camera setup of the phone has great potential but the hardware and software limitations may hold you back. The phone excels when it comes to taking pictures and videos in the day but struggles in low-lighting conditions.
Details and color accuracy tends to suffer when taking photos in low light conditions. There are other smartphones on the market such as the Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus which deliver amazing results during the day as well as night.
On the front, the phone features an 8MP camera with a wide viewing angle. Selfies taken in a well-lit setting looks great and you can also use the Portrait mode to further improve the picture quality.
However, low-light photos taken with the front-facing camera are similar to the ones taken with the dual-cameras. They are highly prone to motion blur and they have lots of noise.
Apart from the quality, one great thing about the G7 ThinQ is that you have the wide-angle camera always available.
While the viewability of the camera is narrower than the G6, it’s still a great feature to have on your phone. All-in-all, the wide-angle cam does help the phone abundantly in the camera department.