After teasing us with little glimpses into this feature and that feature, LG officially announced the LG G7 ThinQ today. This is the company’s latest flagship and while it boasts some improvements and upgrades, the phone doesn’t exactly have any real surprises up its notched sleeves.


As was expected, the LG G7 ThinQ largely sticks to the design formula that we’ve been seeing from LG in the last couple of years. Some of the most noticeable differences right off the bat are that the rear cameras are now stacked vertically, there’s a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side… oh, and the notch. Let’s not forget about the notch.

Up at the top of the 6.1-inch, 3120 x 1440 pixel IPS display (not an OLED) is a very iPhone X-esque notch. When you go into the software of the LG G7 ThinQ, you’ll find the option to “hide” the notch. This keeps the information you’d normally find up there, like your signal strength and remaining battery, but it puts a black strip across the top. Speaking of the display, there’s a “super bright” mode if you want to hit 1000 nits of peak brightness.

Oh, and if you were wondering how to pronounce ThinQ, it’s “Thin Q.” This whole time I thought it was just like “Think.” In any case, the ThinQ part of the name falls under LG’s AI umbrella. You get automatic camera modes based on what the phone thinks it sees, as well as the integration with Google Assistant via the dedicated button and far-field microphones. It’s like the Bixby button, but better, but still not remappable.

The spec sheet reads as you would expect a 2018 flagship to read. There’s a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD expansion, and Android 8.0. On the back are dual 16MP cameras (one regular, one wide angle), plus an 8MP selfie camera and 3000mAh battery. In Korea, they get an upgraded version with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.

Some other highlights include the ESS Sabre ES9218 DAC (same as the LG V30), a “boombox” bottom-firing speaker that uses the empty space in the phone as a resonance chamber, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and the return of a traditional power button on the side.

No word on pricing or availability yet, but I can’t imagine that’s far behind. For a closer look at the LG G7 ThinQ, check out this awesome hands-on video from the one and only MKBHD. Peace.

UPDATE: In Canada, the LG V7 ThinQ will launch on June 1st through Bell, Virgin Mobile, Freedom Mobile, SaskTel, Telus, Fido, and Rogers. I imagine the US release should be similar.


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