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Mobile Phone Jun 16, 2018 Akash Singh Chauhan
LG has finally launched the G7 ThinkQ smartphone that was in the news for a long time now. According to the company, it is the best smartphone manufactured by LG ever. The upgrade of LG G6 comes with significant changes in the design and the hardware support too. LG has also incorporated the AI support in the phone to justify the title ThinkQ. The company’s G series received mixed reactions from the users in recent years where the LG phones struggled to become a big success. Now, with the LG G7 ThinkQ, there is a small chance for the company to turn around the table in the market.
On paper the smartphone looks pretty impressive, it comes with a dual rear camera, AI button, a display with a notch and the latest chipset. However, LG has failed to amaze us even with its flagship smartphones many times in the past, so we need to review it first before coming to a final opinion about the phone.
Notch at the top
The design of the phone seems to accept the new generation look, as the users like a bigger screen. The 6.1-inch display covers the whole front part of the phone, which is kind of a futuristic design. There is only small space left at the top for notch and at the bottom for the chin. The glass unibody design of the G7 ThinkQ seems to be the best upgrade from the company ever. Yes, LG has taken notch in consideration for making the phone’s screen bigger. The left and the right side of the notch is called the ‘New second screen’ by the company. LG used the notch design for attaining the 19.5:9 aspect ratio and made the full-screen phone. However, if you are not a big fan of iPhone X design, then you can also turn off the notch screen anytime. The phone's settings enable the users to change the color of both sides of the notch along with changing the gradient color.
Read: Know if Your App is Ready for the new iPhone X?
On the back side of the phone, fingerprint sensor is placed at ‘easy to reach’ position, which is just below the vertically settled dual lens camera. The power button of the phone has been shifted to the right side after getting complaints from the users over G6. At the left side of the phone, you will find one more button that triggers the LG’s dedicated AI. While using the phone, I have wrongly pressed the button many times confusing it with the volume key. However, you can turn off the assistance anytime via settings. The button works very well, it instantly triggers the Google Assistant, and you can ask anything from it.
6.1 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
82.6% screen to body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
LG G7 ThinkQ comes with a 6.1 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that is composed of 1440 x 3120 pixels resolution. The display is excellent and it is capable of delivering high-quality media experience. The color range and the brightness of the phone are good enough to enjoy movies and play games without any issue. However, LG could have provided OLED with this price tag just like its competitors including OnePlus and HTC. Considering the other latest hardware support, the phone could have come with the FHD+ resolution. Besides, the phone has 82.6% screen to body ratio, and that is the best thing about LG G7 ThinkQ. The display of the phone is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
6GB RAM and 128GB
LG G7 ThinkQ runs on a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is the latest technology that a flagship smartphone should possess. The chipset of the smartphone is supported by an Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor. The powerful processing unit of the phone is coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Besides, there is another variant of the phone that comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage in case you want to cut off some dollars. With the hardware support of the LG G7 ThinkQ, it is clear that LG has learned from its mistakes. Last year, the company launched G6 with Snapdragon 821 chipset, where others were embedding the Snapdragon 835. The processing power of the phone is pretty fast, and it won't get slowed down while dealing with the heavy apps. The operations of the phone are pretty smooth as you won't feel any lag and LG’s UI takes care of everything else. The phone comes with Android 8.0 right out of the box, but the company is planning for an update to Android P. However, the latest Android update is still in beta, so we need to wait for a while.
The camera of LG G7 ThinkQ is the only thing that I think is worth the price. The smartphone uses a dual lens rear camera for capturing the fantastic pictures. There is 16MP + 16MP) rear camera that uses the secondary lens for the bokeh effect and low light image capturing capability. The Google AI integration from LG makes the camera even smarter, and it has 19 different shooting modes. Google AI enables the camera to recognize what's in front of you including animal, food, monument and much more. However, sometimes it's funny how the camera guesses the wrong things like confusing a plate full of noodles with a Poodle dog. But, the camera is excellent as it automatically adjusts the brightness and understands the low light situation. LG G7 ThinkQ also comes with a 3000 mAh non-removable battery that is not so powerful compared to its predecessor.
LG G7 ThinkQ does not seem to be a big deal for us after seeing HTC U12+ and OnePlus 6. The smartphone owns full-screen display with a notch that is perfect and offers a pleasant experience. However, it lacks the OLED technology which puts G7 in a weak position against its contemporary competitors. On the other hand, the Google Assistant -powered camera is excellent, but you can't count only on the camera to sell a $700 plus smartphone. The flagship smartphone may have the latest chipset, and it is blazing fast but considering the price of the phone it isn't enough to convince us. LG G7 ThinkQ being a flagship smartphone neither have classic looks like iPhone X, nor it justifies its price similar to OnePlus 6.
Where to buy: MSRP $750.00
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.
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