“The G7+ ThinQ comes as one of the most value-for-money flagships from the South Korean giant’s stables”
LG has been trying to break the Samsung-Apple monopoly in the premium segment for quite some time now. While the company makes excellent flagship smartphones, such as last year’s G6 (review), which undercut the likes of the latest Galaxy smartphone and Apple’s newest iPhones by a hefty margin, its offerings rarely ever make the headlines. That being said, with the launch of the LG G7+ ThinQ in India, I feel that we just might see a mainstream, mass-adopted LG flagship in the market. To know why, read my first impressions of the same.
The LG G7+ ThinQ comes packaged in a black cardboard box, upon opening which you’ll find the smartphone, followed by a quick start guide, a Quick charge power brick, a USB Type-C cable and a pair of in-ear type headphones.
Much like most flagship smartphones launched in 2018, the G7+ ThinQ also makes use of an all-glass design. Consequently, the construction feels premium to the touch and the design of the smartphone looks tasteful, to say the least. Unfortunately, the complaints we’ve had with previous all-glass smartphones still hold true for the LG’s latest offering — the handset is quite slippery and the back of the device is prone to smudges. On the flip side, the G7+ ThinQ is possibly the only glass-back smartphone launched this year which has been designed to meet the requirements of the MIL-STD 810G tests. Furthermore, the phone comes with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass v5 on both, the front and the back of the device and also ships with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. Going by the spec sheet alone, I wonder if anyone will really miss the Moto Z3 Force this year.
There are some new buttons on the LG G7+ ThinQ. For starters, the power button has been shifted from the back towards the right-hand side of the smartphone. On the handset’s left spine, you’ll find the volume rocker along with a new AI button which invokes the Google Assistant on a single tap and the Google Lens feature on a double tap. Unfortunately, you cannot reprogram the button to use another app as of writing this article. The USB Type-C port can be found at the bottom, alongside the 3.5mm headphone jack (thank you LG) and a speaker grill. The fingerprint sensor has been positioned at the back and it’s lightning fast and extremely accurate, so no complaints there.
LG has furnished the G7+ ThinQ with a 6.1-inch, notch-toting, QHD+ IPS panel which boasts an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a pixel density of 564ppi. Unsurprisingly, the quality of the panel is excellent and the display exhibits pleasing colours and has wide viewing angles. Moreover, much like last year’s G6, the G7 ThinQ’s display is compliant with HDR 10 standards too. And lest I forget, the display on the G7+ can get as bright as 1,000 nits, so you needn’t worry about using the smartphone outdoors under direct sunlight.
Spec-wise, the LG G7+ ThinQ is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chip which works alongside 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in, user-expandable storage. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t come across any instances of lag or stutter on the smartphone during my brief stint with it. That said, I will update you on how the smartphone handles thermals after I’ve spent some more time with the device so stay tuned.
For optics, the G7+ ThinQ ships with a pair of 16MP shooters located at the back of the device, one of which is a standard lens with an aperture of f/1.6 whereas the other is a wide-angle lens with an aperture of f/1.9. The cameras make use of AI to intelligently enhance shots, and that’s also where the G7 gets the ‘ThinQ’ moniker. The company claims that the cameras on the G7+ can differentiate between 19 different scenes, and also come with a ‘Super Bright Camera’ mode which allegedly clicks photos that are four times brighter than its predecessor, the G6, in lowlight. Some other notable improvements include support for OIS and EIS on the standard 16MP shooter, along with a 10-bit HDR image sensor, which allows the smartphone to record videos in HDR. For selfies, the LG handset ships with an 8MP sensor, with f/1.9 aperture and an 80-degree field-of-view.
For more details on the smartphone’s camera setup, stay tuned for our full review of the device. But for now, feel free to browse through some sample shots (embedded above) I took with the device.
The LG G7+ ThinQ ships with a 3,000mAh battery which might not be able to power the smartphone’s high-res display the entire day off a single charge. That said, LG does give users the option to tone down the display’s resolution from within the settings to get better battery life out of the smartphone. For software, the handset runs a skin of LG UX 7.0 on top of Android Oreo 8.0. Some other notable features include a boom-box speaker and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad-DAC, which when paired with the right set of headphones should make your music library sound a lot better.
As far as the pricing of the smartphone is concerned, the LG G7+ ThinQ has been aggressively priced at Rs 39,990, making it an enticing option for buyers who want an affordable flagship. Our full review of the smartphone will be up shortly, so stay tuned for that.
Photos by Raj Rout