LG has revealed the G7 ThinQ, its flagship model for the first part of 2018 and the successor of the G6 from last year.
Featuring a brand-new design aesthetic for the G series, the phone has a polished metal rim complemented by Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back. The most standout design feature on the phone is the notch, which still remains a controversial design decision to this day. LG, however, has provided a software solution to hide it.
The first thing that customers will notice about the LG G7 ThinQ is most likely the new 6.1-inch QHD+ display sporting a 19.5:9 FullVision screen ratio and a bottom bezel, which is claimed to be almost 50 per cent slimmer than that of the G6. However, the screen is still not OLED – it’s an LCD panel that can go as bright as 1,000 nits – an industry-leading figure, if one goes by LG’s claim.
Powering the G7 ThinQ is the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC. The phone offers 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. It is also rated IP68 for dust and water resistance. The G7 not only retains the headphone jack but, just like the V30, also comes equipped with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for a better listening experience.
The LG G7 ThinQ has been equipped with an 8MP camera up front and 16MP on the back in both standard and LG’s signature Super Wide Angle configurations. The latter, however, is not stabilised and has a dimmer aperture as well (f/1.9 vs f/1.6).
LG has further enhanced the AI features of the camera that first debuted in the LG V30S ThinQ. AI CAM now offers 19 shooting modes, a slight increase from the previous eight. Users can improve their photos further by choosing among three other effect options, if the one recommended by AI CAM doesn’t suit their tastes
LG G7 ThinQ will be one of the first devices to get upcoming Google Lens features. Google Lens is a new way to search using the latest in AI and computer vision. Available inside the Google Assistant and Google Photos, it can deliver more information on objects such as landmarks, plants, animals, books as well as identify text. Visit websites, add a business card to contacts, add events to the calendar or look up an item on a restaurant menu – all can be done using Google Lens. More details on Google Lens will be revealed at this year’s Google I/O.
Located just below the volume is a button that launches the phone’s AI functions. A single tap of this button will launch the Google Assistant, while two quick taps will launch Google Lens – a first on any phone. Users can also hold down the button to start talking to the Google Assistant.
The G7 ThinQ should go on sale globally very soon. While the phone is India-bound, it’s difficult to ascertain when LG will launch the phone here. When launched, expect it to be priced around Rs. 45,000 – 50,000.