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The LG G7 ThinQ is basically everything we expected this flagship to be which for the most part is a good thing; slightly curved Gorilla Glass 5 covers both sides of the LG G7 phone, fit and finish is excellent, the device feels even more dense and premium than previous LG phone models and it still comes with the same durability rating and ip68 waterproofing as previous models so it should be more durable than most competitors.
Emphasis being on should I have much trouble cracking both glass panels of my similarly certified LG G6? Anyway there are a few surprises on the body of the LG G7 ThinQ.
New Buttons on LG G7 ThinQ
Starting with two new buttons — a power button on the right which LG phone’s up until now had integrated into their rear fingerprint readers and below are the volume keys. On the left there is now a button that launches the Google assistant. This is complemented by far-field microphones which should hear you comfortably up to about five meters away from the device. And while you can’t remap the button to do anything other than launch the assistant for now, you can at least turn it off if you don’t like.
Audio and Speaker Improvements
LG not only kept the headphone jack around, but also gave it a dedicated DAC like the one found in the V30 and added support for DTS X 3d for improved surround sound. If you are an audiophile, then I guess you should be pretty excited about this.
Another little surprise comes with the speaker which LG calls a boombox. Since the G7 is completely sealed for waterproofing, LG actually eases the whole inside of the device as one giant resonance chamber, making their speaker a lot louder than most competitors. You can actually feel the back of the device vibrating and put in the LG G7 on the hard surface or a box actually amplifies this effect even further.
LG G7 Front Part
Moving on to the front we get a 6.1 inch IPS screen with notches. Just like on highway phone you can make the area around the notch black which looks surprisingly good despite this being an IPS panel or alternatively you can choose from a couple of transition effects. So I guess it’s fine.
LG G7 Bottom Part
On the bottom you do get a pretty slim chin with nicely rounded corners. I really like that if the top part is turned black, the phone starts looking quite symmetrical and also quite a lot like the galaxy S9 by the way.
LG G7 ThinQ Display
The display itself is what you’d expect from an LG IPS screen. Its high resolution has good colors and gets really bright with the normal brightness topping out at around 600 to 700 nits and a built in super-bright mode that temporarily boosts brightness up to a thousand nits for excellent outdoor visibility.
Even though some Galaxy devices do boast higher net ratings than the LG G7 ThinQ, this one surprisingly looks brighter in direct sunlight. On the screen you’ll be greeted with LG’s UI which is more of an iteration on previous skins rather than a fully new experience.
It runs on top of Android 8.0 and LG opened a new software center that is dedicated to improving LG’s pretty lousy track records with software updates.
The real reason why you might want to consider buying LG G7 though is its cameras. LG is still the only company that does wide-angle cameras on phones well. And this year, with LG G7 the wide-angle and the main camera now on both used the exact same 16-megapixel sensor that the V30 had as its main sensor. So apart from optical image stabilization, the wide-angle camera finally isn’t a second-class citizen anymore which I think is the most exciting thing about this phone. The angle isn’t quite as wide as it was on the G6, but because of that, there’s now close to no fisheye distortion here at all and everything just looks quite proportional.
LG has also introduced a low light mode, which if turned on are the text dark situations and then uses pixel binning to combine four pixels into one, outputting a brighter four megapixel shot with less noise. It looks really good on paper, didn’t seem too impressive in real life.
LG G7 AI Camera Mode
And lastly the camera now also comes with an improved AI camera mode that auto detects what you are shooting and adjusts settings for you. By the way the selfie camera now on LG G7 has a new 8-megapixel sensor tube which is pretty good and much better than that terrible selfie cameras found on the LG G6 and the V30.
To wrap things up, all the standard 2018 flagship specs are onboard which is great. But the only one that might make this phone a deal-breaker for some people is the 3000 milliamp hour battery which is definitely on the smaller side for a phone this big. I have more to say about performance and battery life about this LG G7 ThinQ if I will write a full review of this phone of course but since this article is just about my first impression, I’ll leave it this way for now.
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