LG G7 ThinQ Goes Official With Snapdragon 845 SoC and AI Cameras

LG has announced its first true flagship smartphone for 2018, and it’s called the LG G7 ThinQ. That’s a weird name for a smartphone, but that’s LG giving us a hint of what its future releases will be called. Basically, the ThinQ moniker refers to AI on this smartphone and any other LG products. The device is now official after being in the leaks for more than a couple of months. The G7 ThinQ packs top-of-the-line specifications and comes with basic features which we have seen on other smartphones, but in some areas such as the display and speaker, the G7 ThinQ kills the competition. Also, LG chose to add an additional hardware button specially for activating the Google Assistant, and the company says the phone comes with 30 custom commands to make full use of the Google Assistant. LG says that it designed the smartphone keeping three things in mind: Meaningful AI, solid fundamentals, continuous upgrades.


Right out of the bat, the LG G7 ThinQ has a 6.1-inch display with QHD+ resolution and 3120 x 1440 pixels. The display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and offers an incredible 1000-nits of brightness levels, which is an industry first from the South Korean company. The display can be set to six different viewing modes: Auto, Eco, Cinema, Sports, Game and Expert. There’s a notch on top of the screen, which by now you must have figured it out after reading the aspect ratio.

The next highlight of the G7 ThinQ is the loudspeaker it packs. The smartphone comes with a Boombox speaker which delivers double the bass of conventional smartphones for powerful “boombox” sound without the need for external speakers. When placed on a solid surface or box, the smartphone utilises its resonance chamber as a woofer to amplify the bass effect even more. It is also the first smartphone with DTS:X that’s used to deliver virtual 3D sound for all content, up to 7.1 channel audio with earphones. It also packs a Hi-Fi Quad DAC.

Internally, the smartphone is powered by the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. The phone comes in a couple of RAM and storage options- one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and the other one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The high-end variant will be launched only in some markets such as South Korea and India. There’s a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 2TB.

The device boots Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with several new AI features. It measures 7.9mm in thickness and has a weight of 162grams. Another key feature of the G7 ThinQ is the cameras. The phone packs two 16MP sensors at the back with the primary one having a f/1.6 aperture and the secondary sensor having a f/1.9 aperture. The secondary sensor comes with 107° field-of-view. Up front, it has an 8MP wide-angle sensor.


The camera specs are in-line with those of LG V30 smartphone, but the camera app offers various AI features. LG’s AI Camera app now offers 19 shooting modes, up from the eight modes we saw on the earlier devices. And this time, there’s a Super Bright Mode which tweaks the images captures in low-light. Other features such as the Portrait mode, AR Stickers are also present on the smartphone.

Another change which LG made after years is the power button placement. The power button is now on the right side and it now more acts a fingerprint scanner. The biometric sensor is still on the rear. The smartphone is IP68, and MIL-STD 810G certified, same as previous LG devices.

The LG G7 ThinQ also comes preloaded with Google Lens features, which is the new way to search anything. The Google Lens is bundled inside the Google Assistant and Google Photos. LG says that Google has a lot more to share about the Lens at the upcoming Google I/O event. As mentioned, there’s a dedicated button to trigger the Google Assistant which is located on the left side below the volume rockers. A single tap of this button will launch the Google Assistant while two quick taps will launch Google Lens, which is a first on any phone. Users can also hold down the button to start talking to the Google Assistant.

The LG G7 ThinQ will be available in New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue and Raspberry Rose colours. The Indian launch of the device is unknown at the moment, but it might happen at the end of this month or early next month.

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Kaushik IMA
May 3, 2018 12:56 am 12:56 AM

Breaking news #2: Lenovo K8 Note Oreo update breaks fast charging for all devices, Lenovo forum post confirms Lenovo devices are collecting data of users without consent.

See attachment. Getting diagnostics off IMEI? He he. Turns out Lenovo is no better than any Chinese brand.

May 3, 2018 9:02 am 9:02 AM

Thanks .. this is important.

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
May 3, 2018 7:18 am 7:18 AM

Well, it is true; but with permission…
Wait I will upload a SS of my own Lenovo smartphone…

Kaushik IMA
May 3, 2018 1:56 pm 1:56 PM

No, permission is not required. In my screenshot the Lenovo executive pulled off the diagnostics using just the IMEI and nothing else.

Lenovo has a history of doing this with both it’s laptops and it’s phones. Here’s a small blast from not too far in the past (see screenshot).

Sandeep Bansal
May 4, 2018 2:25 pm 2:25 PM

That’s 50 shades of crazy….

May 3, 2018 3:28 am 3:28 AM

Lol even Moto is owned by Lenovo. What Moto lovers say now. Airtel user say that cheap Chinese crap??

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 3, 2018 2:49 pm 2:49 PM

First let them update Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5s Plus to Oreo!!!!!

Kaushik IMA
May 3, 2018 12:36 am 12:36 AM

News flash: OPPO caught cheating in benchmarks on F7 device.

Waiting for TT to cover it…..

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 3, 2018 2:50 pm 2:50 PM

What about Same P60 in some other devices!!!!! It beats Snapdragon 660 easily!!!!!

Kaushik IMA
May 3, 2018 4:27 pm 4:27 PM

Actually it’s supposed to be EQUAL to Snapdragon 660, but in Oppo F7 it BEATS the Snapdragon 660. That’s where the cheating comes in.

Oppo detects benchmark applications and turbo clocks all cores to 2 GHz during benchmark runs to get extra score….

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 3, 2018 9:03 pm 9:03 PM


May 2, 2018 9:23 pm 9:23 PM

I just saw the preview video by Tech Altar. Needless to say, if its LG it has to be damn good. I feel this may be the top model of 2018. I wanted to say “top notch” but notch is an issue with some 😉 [Apparently the notch can be fixed by setting – for those who hate the notch].

Kaushik IMA
May 3, 2018 12:40 am 12:40 AM
Actually I had used the iPhone x and OPPO f7 for a while and I must say I am not a fan of the notch. Thankfully huawei, LG and Vivo are allowing users to extend status bar to cover the notch region so it cannot be a hideous distraction on the viewing area of browser or screen. It’s so ridiculous that Apple actually modified WebKit to adjust website rendering according to the notch. It’s a nightmare for web developers. I hope this notch trend disappears in a year or two….applause to Samsung for resisting it with Samsung S9. or at… Read more »
Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
May 2, 2018 10:31 pm 10:31 PM

Yeah, even I have become indifferent to notch, since it has become a trend; the way to hide it definitely helps…