2018 is here and it is likely to be yet another year for some boundary-pushing flagship smartphones. Samsung has been the first to the party among the big names. Its Galaxy S9 has removed most niggles from last year’s Galaxy S8. In the process, it has garnered love from critics and buyers alike. Watching its progress closely is its Korean rival named LG. Last year, LG got a raw deal in securing the latest chip for its G6 smartphone. This year, the situation is different. In 2018, LG has been able to secure the best hardware money can buy. In that sense, its 2018 flagship – the G7 (read: LG G7+ Thinq) – should make its competitors’ lives tough come August 10. But does it?
|Specifications||LG G7+ Thinq|
|Processor||Octa-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU|
|Display||IPS LCD, 6.1-inch, Quad HD+ (3120x1440p) resolution with 19.5:9 aspect ratio|
|Internal Storage||128GB (expandable up to 2TB)|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo with UX 6.0 skin|
|Rear Camera||16-megapixel + 16-megapixel|
|Battery||3000mAh with fast charging and wireless charging|
|Dimensions||153.2mm x 71.9mm x 7.9mm|
What’s new about the LG G7+ Thinq?
First off is the phone’s design. Detail-oriented folks will note the V30s’ influence in this phone’s design. Given that V30s is a good looker, the G7+ is good-looking too. However, it is no Galaxy S9-beater in this respect. The front of the phone features a big screen with a small notch up top and a thin chin at the bottom. Speaking of the display, it is a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with Quad HD+ (3120 x 1440p) resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display can hide the notch when the user activates a feature called New Second Screen.
The phone features Google Assistant and volume buttons on the right side, power button on the left side, and a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB type-C port on the bottom. This metal and glass-bodied phone houses a twin camera setup at the rear with a fingerprint scanner underneath it. LG fans will likely decry the separation of power button and fingerprint scanner, but it should make the phone easy to use when it is lying on its back. Speaking of cameras, the G7+ features two 16-megapixel lenses with one being a standard lens with f/1.6 aperture and the other being a wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture. It also gets aids like Optical Image Stabilization, PDAF, and Laser autofocus. The front camera (the one hiding under the notch) is an 8-megapixel unit.
The G7+ Thinq sports a 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with Adreno 630 GPU. It gets 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage space and it can be expanded up to 2TB by a microSD card. The phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and it has been skinned with LG’s proprietary UX 6.0 skin. The G7+ Thinq measures 153.2mm in length, 71.9mm in width, and 7.9mm in height.
A single speaker setup carries over from the G6. The phone also features Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 5.0. Among the phone’s note-worthy features are IP68 water and dust resistance, support for DTX: 3D Surround sound, and Quad DAC functionality in the 3.5mm port. A 3000mAh battery powers the LG G7+ Thinq, and it gets fast charging and wireless charging features. This device measures 153.2mm in length, 71.9mm in width, and 7.9mm in height.
Is the LG G7+ Thinq worth consideration?
In the past, LG has been inconsistent in doling out smartphones that were worth consideration. Take the G5, for instance, which was a mess. Or the G4, which was not marketed well. In that light, the G6, despite its hardware misses, was at least ten steps ahead (metaphorically) with one step back (region-specific features, anyone?). The G7+ Thinq is a step towards rectifying all those shortcomings and it is a great effort.
Gone are all the region-specific features (region-specific variants might go away altogether in 2019). The G7+ Thinq embraces all the latest trends in the smartphone industry today. There is AI in the phone, a dual rear camera setup, IP68 water and dust resistance, wireless charging, 3.5mm headphone jack with Quad DAC (double-whammy), and glass-metal construction.
Yes, it has an LCD screen when it should have an LED. However, that helps it in brightness department and those vary of screen burn-ins will prefer LCDs over LEDs. One curious decision is separate the power button and the fingerprint scanner. Though it will aid the phone’s usability, as a feature, keeping them one made LG phones stand out. This means it is not as compelling a buy (by LG’s standards) as the G6, but it is perfectly worth consideration for buyers. And that is good for the G7+ and its maker’s prospects.
LG G7+ Thinq India – Synopsis
- Prices and India launch date yet to be revealed
- Sports octa-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with Adreno 630 GPU
- Two RAM/storage variants to be made available – 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB
- Internal storage expandable up to 2TB with microSD card
- Gets a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with Quad HD+ (3120x1440p) resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- Runs Android 8.0 Oreo with LG UX 6.0 skin atop it
- Sports a notch that can be hidden by activating New Second Screen mode
- Gets a dedicated Google Assistant button and a 3.5mm headphone jack with Quad DAC as well
- Twin rear camera setup gets 16-megapixel lenses (one a standard unit and the other a wide-angle lens)
- Front camera packs an 8-megapixel lens
- Noteworthy features include Bluetooth 5.0, and IP68 water/dust resistance
- 3000mAh battery gets fast charging and wireless charging features
- Region-specific features given a miss
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor no longer doubles up as power button