- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 6.1-inch QHD+ LCD display with 3,120 x 1,440 pixels
- 4 GB of RAM/ 64 GB of expandable memory (via microSD card)
- Dual 16 MP sensor camera setup with regular and wide-angle lens
- Built-in standard audio jack and audiophile-grade Hi-Fi Quad DAC
- 3,000 mAh battery; wireless charging
- IP68 waterproof
The LG G7 ThinQ Android phone bets on deep Google Assistant integration and an AI-powered camera to set itself apart from its high-end competitors. Like its predecessors, LG’s latest range-topping device also offers an industry-leading wired audio experience.
You’ll Love the Fully Waterproof Design and the Bright Display
Exceptionally crafted from metal and glass, the G7 ThinQ has a sleek look, thanks to the iPhone X-like notch on the top of its display. Like all smartphones in its price range, the handset is fully waterproof.
The 6.1-inch display of the phone has handily the best LCD panel we’ve encountered to date, though it’s not as vibrant as the industry-leading OLED offerings. The HDR-capable screen offers an industry-leading maximum brightness of 1,000 nits, ensuring that you can use the LG G7 ThinQ even in bright sunlight.
Unsurprisingly, the screen is incredibly sharp and a joy to look at. It offers several viewing modes, which include dedicated options for gaming and watching video.
This Phone Was Made for Audiophiles
The LG G7 ThinQ audio experience with wired headphones is truly second to none. Thanks to its audiophile-grade hardware, the smartphone can power high-end headphones and let you properly enjoy your favorite lossless audio file formats on the go.
Support for DTS:X 3D Surround audio via a wired connection is also on board. The feature creates a more immersive soundstage, which is great for watching videos.
Then there’s the sole boombox speaker of the device. By utilizing the internal space of the G7 ThinQ as a resonance chamber, the speaker delivers loud and crisp audio with haptic bass delivery. The latter is particularly great for watching video and gaming, as it adds another dimension to the content.
Overall, even though we would have preferred stereo speakers, the loudspeaker of the LG G7 ThinQ is worthy of a hat tip. Single-driver setups can hardly get any better than this.
You Never Have to Be Without the Google Assistant
A dedicated hardware button for summoning the Google Assistant is one of the coolest LG G7 ThinQ features. LG has worked closely with the tech giant to add device-specific Google Assistant commands, like the option to take a selfie, among many others.
With the Google Assistant being the best virtual helper out there, it's great to see that LG has taken extra steps to integrate it into the user experience. You can perform millions of tasks with the AI-powered assistant, get answers to the most random questions, and even control your connected home appliances.
Speedy Performance and Handy Features Make It Even Easier to Use
The LG G7 ThinQ packs Qualcomm's most powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, so it’s as fast and fluid as any top-shelf Android phone. LG’s custom take on Android Oreo is packed with handy features, yet it feels light and responsive.
The device’s battery made it through a full day of use during our testing. However, cranking up the display’s maximum brightness will most likely result in more frequent trips to a charger.
The AI-Powered Dual Camera Has Social Media in Mind
The LG G7 ThinQ has a duo of 16 MP camera sensors — one with a regular one and one with a wide-angle lens. The main camera has a bright f/1.6 lens, while the wide-angle snapper features a lens with f/1.9 aperture.
The camera’s AI smarts are clearly designed to appeal to the Instagram crowd. With the press of an on-screen button, the phone can recognize the object you want to capture, optimize the camera settings, and even suggest filters.
The quality of the images captured by the phone is top-notch, though not on the same level as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Google Pixel 2. LG’s rivals have larger pixels, which result in better low-light performance, and their image processing is also better.
Our Verdict: A Solid Option in Its Class
In a time when all high-end Android phones offer a great experience, the LG G7 ThinQ packs enough interesting features to make it worth your attention. The wired audio experience in particular puts the device in a league of its own, and it's a must-have for audiophiles.
The newcomer is a great alternative to Samsung and the Google’s finest offerings. Its Google Assistant button integration is vastly more useful than the Bixby button found in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Compared to the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the G7 ThinQ offers a more powerful processor, an audio jack, and wireless charging.
The LG G7 ThinQ is available on T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and as a factory-unlocked model. Its $750 contract-free price tag is a tad steep, but it’s worth noting that carriers have attractive buy-one-get-one-free deals on the device. Also, LG offers an extra year of warranty — all you need to do is register the device within 90 days of purchasing it.
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