7.9 Awesome

The G7 ThinQ has so many features to cherish and love. A 1000 nits brightness can put you out your misery in broad daylight while its Boombox loudspeakers can make you feel like dance at home. The AI camera is a good initiative as well but its competitors have far more to offer. The TechSeer will rate it a 7.9 out of a solid 10.

  • Design 8.3
  • Display 8.5
  • Performance and Hardware 8.2
  • Battery Life 7.5
  • Value for Money 7

The LG G7 ThinQ is the latest flagship offering from LG. It is a valuable upgrade over the last year’s G6 with Al capabilities, super bright display, Boombox speakers, and a notch. Announced on 2nd of May 2018, LG G7 ThinQ is now available at a price of US $750 in the USA and $969 AUD in Australia and expected to bring tough competition to dominating flagships of 2018 such as Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro, and iPhone X.

LG G7 ThinQ Review

Pros

  • Boombox Loud Speakers
  • Dedicated Google Assistant Button
  • Al Cameras
  • Display up to 1000 nits

Cons

  • Shorter Battery Life
  • High Price
  • LCD screen

Why ThinQ in the name?

You might be wondering what is ThinQ and why does it come in the name of the smartphone? It’s LG’s latest initiative to bring Artificial Intelligence (Al) capabilities to its devices and appliances. The Korean giant has now brought the latest Al capabilities to its flagship phone LG G7 ThinQ.

The Design

  • Beautifully crafted
  • 3.5mm headphone jack with USB-C
  • IP69 for dust and waterproofing

LG G7 ThinQ looks solid and has a comfortable grip when holding unlike shiny-back smartphones like Huawei Honor 10. The back and front panels are made of glass. The corners are round and the glass comes in a plain design with no texture. Design-wise it also has great looks. LG G7 ThinQ comes in four fantastic colors ranging from platinum Gray, Moroccan Blue, Aurora Black and Raspberry Rose. It depends on your region and country, not all regions have all the colors available.

LG G7 ThinQ colorsWith dimensions of 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm, LG G7 ThinQ weighs only 162g. On its bottom, you will find a USB Type C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a bottom firing speaker. It’s good news you can still use your old school wired headphones on LG G7 ThinQ. The power button is back on the right while on the left you will find volume rockers and a dedicated Al button. Pressing it once will open Google Assistant and twice will open Google Lens which can now identify pet breed as well. A long press will take you to the voice commands with the assistant. You can also turn off this button from the settings as it needs time getting used to. There is a dual camera setup and a reliable fingerprint sensor under the camera which cannot be used for sleep/wake button now as it used to cause disturbance when holding the phone. LG G7 ThinQ is rated under IP69 for dust and waterproofing but given its glass design, you may have to be careful.

The Display

  • 6.1-inch Superbright LCD
  • A notch
  • Brightness: up to 1000 nits

LG G7 ThinQ comes with a tall 6.1-inch screen, a notch and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. You can hide the notch from settings. Despite not being OLED screen, the colors are accurate and vibrant. Yes, you must be surprised to know that unlike all the latest flagships; LG has opted to use LCD instead of curved OLED like the one used in Samsung Galaxy S9. One of the main highlights of the screen is the brightness boost which can be increased up to 1000 nits. Honor 10 can go up to 500 nits. This allows easy viewing in the sunlight. LG G7 ThinQ has proven its Super Bright Display keeping it 30% more energy efficiency whereas many screens struggle readability in daylight like Nokia 7 plus which can go up to a maximum of 476 nits. This mode usually lasts 3 minutes in daylight to avoid overheating. It is recommended not to use brightness boost indoor as it could have a negative effect on the eyes.

The Sound and Speaker

  • Boombox speaker
  • DTS.X 3D surround sound technology

For all the audiophiles out there, LG G7 ThinQ is a phone not to be missed. LG has included a bottom firing speaker aka Boombox speaker. The sound is the loudest we have heard as compared to other flagships. While playing audio, you will feel that the sound comes from the entire body of the phone. It’s a design tweaking that LG has done and you will love it. One thing: it’s not stereo like Razer Phone but the sound is very rich and crisp. And yes, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can relax. It’s also equipped with DTS.X 3D surround sound technology, so your audio experience will be more immersive.

The Cameras

  • No triple lens or True depth camera
  • AI featured cameras
  • SuperBright mode

The camera department of LG G7 ThinQ is one of the main highlights of the phone. It features Dual: 16 MP (f/1.6, OIS, laser&PDAF) + 16 MP (f/1.9), laser & phase detection autofocus. It is kind of disappointing as this latest phone lacks a triple lens camera like Huawei P20 Pro and features like True depth introduced in iPhone X. You can record videos at 2160p@30fps and 1080p@30/60fps.

Photos and videos captured from LG G7 ThinQ look detailed and nice with vibrant colors. There is the Al Cam feature that auto switches between 19 different filters for recognition, including people and different cities and then automatically adjust settings according to the situation. It can detect low light situations where its SuperBright mode comes into play which can increase the brightness up to 4x compared to its previous G6 model. Our observation is that this feature is in a beginning phase now and sometimes it does not comprehend what is actually in front of the camera but still it’s a welcome move. The front camera on LG G7 ThinQ is 8MP, and it’s much improved over its predecessors and allows video recording up to 1080p.

The Battery

  • 3000mAh Battery Capacity
  • Average Battery Life
  • Support fast and wireless charging

Battery life is an area where LG could have done better and should have provided a battery of at least 3500 mAh in LG G7 ThinQ. The G6 had 3300 mAh, while this one only has 3000 mAh. This is less than what competitors are providing and might be a bit of a compromise you have to endure by always carrying a charger with you. If you multitask a lot or use your phone heavily, then the battery significantly decreases fast despite the efficient Snapdragon 845 chipset. Increasing the audio to maximum or putting brightness to full will make your battery deplete even faster. But the good part is that there is support for fast charging on LG G7 ThinQ. It needs 15 minutes to charge up to 50%. It allows wireless charging just like its competitors.

The Software

  • Android Oreo 8.0 with UX launcher
  • Almost no bloatware

The LG G7 ThinQ comes with latest Android Oreo (8.0) along with the company’s own UX launcher and its own skin and settings which can be customized. The interface is not different from that of LG’s other phones and it’s not pure Android but does the job. You will not find any lags moving around the interface and menus. It feels smooth while using the phone. There’s not much third-party bloatware included besides a few LG apps. There are plenty of other features which you may find useful in LG G7 ThinQ. The notch can be made to hide if you don’t want it. Features such as Smart Bulletin and KnockON have received improvements. There’s also a Face Unlock feature. Overall, we found the software speedy and feature-rich.

The Performance

  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 4/6 GB RAM

The LG G7 ThinQ has the latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage which makes it capable to run the most demanding apps and games of today. One Plus 6 with similar price tag offers 6/8GB RAM. The screen response was fast and fluid and we had no problems in running and switching multiple apps and games. Games like PUBG ran very well without causing a hitch. The paused apps and games in the background can instantly be resumed without any delay. LG G7 ThinQ also comes in 6GB/128 GB version which we think would be a better option given that 4GB of RAM is still not enough if you are a heavy user.

Verdict: LG G7 ThinQ

The LG G7 ThinQ has so many features to cherish and love. A 1000 nits brightness can put you out your misery in broad daylight while its Boombox loudspeakers can make you feel like dance at home. The AI camera is a good initiative as well but its competitors have far more to offer. LG needs to lower the cost or bring something new to gain back its market share. The TechSeer will rate it a 7.9 out of a solid 10.

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