LG G7 ThinQ review
AI camera and Super Bright Display
Our LG G7 ThinQ review finds a smartphone that will be the ultimate choice for those looking to capture exceptional photographs and wish to enjoy a very bright display. This mobile phone is flagship all the way, so if you want the very best, then this is a top choice for you to consider.
Super Bright Display
The LG G7 ThinQ takes visibility to new levels with its Super Bright Display. This uses additional white pixels for extra brightness and clarity. When outdoors, it can produce a brightness of 1,000 nits (equivalent to 1,000 candles), making it probably the brightest display you will find on any smartphone.
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The 6.1” QHD+ FullVision Display has a 19.5:9 screen aspect ratio, giving more rows of pixels to increase the amount you can see. The display has a central notch for the camera and earpiece and you can show or hide the notch.
Comparison: QHD+ has 3120 x 1440 pixels compared to QHD that has 2560 x 1440 pixels.
When you show the notch, the on screen colours stretch to the top of the phone. When you hide the notch, the bar across the top turns black, but the notification and battery icons remain visible.
The durability of metal and glass
The LG G7 ThinQ has a metal aluminium frame, while the front and black are made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The durability of the phone is attested to by meeting military grade standards (MIL-STD 810G) and by being IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.
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You can buy the LG G7 ThinQ in Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue or Platinum Grey.
The processor is extremely fast and will handle anything that you throw at it, from gaming to streaming movies or TV. Specifically, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.8GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM.
Comparison: The Apple iPhone X has a 2.39GHz processor with 3GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
Security and getting started
The LG G7 ThinQ follows the traditional route of putting a fingerprint sensor on the back face. Inside, there is a rather healthy 64GB internal memory and you can transfer your old phone’s content over onto this. Should you need more space in the future, then there is a up to 2TB memory card slot.
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The Boombox Speaker on the LG G7 ThinQ uses the inner space as a resonance chamber. This amps up the bass to produce loud, premium and room-filling audio.
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DTS:X 3D Surround Sound creates 7.1 channel surround sound with enhanced bass, a louder and more constant volume, an expanded sound field and gives you a custom equaliser. Needless to say, this LG phone is great for listening to music on or playing movies.
The LG G7 ThinQ is powered by Android 8.0 Oreo and will receive an Android P upgrade, when it becomes available. Having the Android OS, the phone comes with the Google Assistant and LG has enhanced the experience further.
This phone has Super Far Field Voice Recognition, so that you can ask the assistant questions from far away (up to 5 metres). You can also ask questions when you are in noisy environments, such as a car or when music is playing the background.
In addition to this, the Google Assistant can be activated through the Google Assistant Key. This negates the need to make a ‘Hey Google’ verbal command. You can press the button once for the assistant or twice for Google Lens.
Google Lens recognises what your camera can see and provides you with information about what is around you. You can also use the Google Lens feature to make language translations of signs or documents.
Camera & Video
Super Bright Camera
The LG G7 ThinQ has a dual camera and this consists of a 16MP Super Wide Angle lens and a 16MP Standard Angle lens.
The Super Bright Camera uses LG’s Crystal Clear Lens to improve its low-light capabilities. In dark environments, the camera uses pixel binning to take the light from four pixels in order to make one pixel. This reduces the resolution down to 4MP but the overall result is better and much brighter.
The AI Cam uses artificial intelligence (an internet connection isn’t needed) to analyse the subject in the frame. The AI Cam then gives easy recommendations on how to improve the picture. The AI Cam knows if you are photographing a person, landscape, sunset, beach or pet and suggests the best filters to use or best shooting angles.
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The main camera has a Portrait Mode and this lets you blur the background in real time or after the photo has been captured. The 8MP wide angle selfie camera can also replicate a similar effect using software, as opposed to a dual camera lens.
Impressive usage times
The LG G7 ThinQ has a large 3,000mAh battery and this performs well. With the Always on Display activated you can get up to 100 hours of standby or up to 15.5 hours of talk time. The phone does support wireless charging and if you like the idea of this, then you will need to purchase a wireless charger.
Written by: Michael Brown