LG G7 ThinQ Review: Punchy Display, Big Audio, Smart AI

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LG G7 ThinQ: A Feature-Packed Performance Android Machine

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LG debuted the G7 ThinQ in early May and certainly turned some heads with the promise of a 1000 nits capable display, an AI-powered camera, and its Boombox Speaker features. On the surface, if you consider some of the salient features consumers are looking for in a modern smartphone, the marketing folks at LG had their ears to the ground, so to speak. The new LG G7 ThinQ checks many of the key feature boxes consumers look for in a handset, and it strikes a nice size balance as well, in a thin-bezel 6.1-inch form factor.
  
LG G7 ThinQ in hand with box back

However, what makes true smartphone success is practical usability and how some of those key features translate in terms of overall user experience. We've been living with the G7 ThinQ for the better part of a month now and we wanted to offer a sense of how it performs as a daily driver, as well as our standard analysis and benchmark setup. We'll also have the important benefit of multiple software updates that have been pushed to the phone, from its pre-production state to its full release status as of now. As such, our experiences may differ here versus some of the early reviews that have previously hit the web.

Regardless, you can dig into the specs and catch our preview video demo below as well, but further along the way, we'll try capture how the new LG G7 ThinQ holds up under mainstream use cases and what some of its standout features might offer the average mobile device consumer...

LG G7 ThinQ
Specifications & Features
Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo With Google Assistant And Google Lens
Display: 6.1-inch 19.5:9 QuadHD+ IPS Super Bright Display, 1000 nits, (3120 x 1440 / 564ppi)
Cameras: Rear Dual: 16 MP (f/1.6, OIS) + 16 MP (f/1.9 wide aspect), laser/phase autofocus
Rear Front: 8MP Wide Angle (F1.9 / 90°)
Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Plaform
Memory & Storage: RAM: 4GB LPDDR4, Storage: 64GB
Dimensions & Weight: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm (6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 in)
Colors: Platinum Gray, Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose
Media & Audio: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Single Down-Firing Speaker, DTS-X sound, Boombox Speaker
Battery: 3000 mAh Li-Po
Wireless & Location: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
Network: World-wide network/carrier compatibility
Sensors: Proximity, Ambient Light, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Fingerprint, Barometer, Hall effect, Advanced X-axis Haptics
Ports: USB-C, 3.1 Gen 1, 3.5mm Headphone jack, SIM/SDCard Slot
Materials: Machined Aluminum, IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Other: Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging
Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor
Price: $725 - $750 Off Contract - Find It On Amazon

The LG G7 ThinQ's spec list reads like a current-generation flagship Android phone feature hit list. All of the latest bells and whistles are employed here -- Snapdragon 845, 6.1-inch QuadHD+ high bright display, wireless charging, IP68 water and dust resistance, a standard headphone jack, 802.11ac WiFi, USB-C and Bluetooth 5 LE; it's all in there. Also on board are dual rear 16MP cameras, one standard aspect and one wide angle, both with laser and phase detection autofocus. You also get a portrait mode capability with slick bokeh effects and a front-facing wide angle selfie cam. LG's excellent 32-bit Quad Hi-Fi DAC makes a return in the G7 ThinQ, along with a new Boombox Speaker feature. The former delivers a notable upgrade in audio fidelity through a quality set of headphones or buds, while the latter offers more volume output over standard smartphone speakers, but we'll return to that feature shortly. 

LG G7 ThinQ Front box
Yes There's A Notch, But There's Also Notch Control

And yes, the LG G7 ThinQ's display is notched, but we got over it eventually. Frankly, we're not sure what the big deal is with the notch at this point, as long as manufacturers give you the ability to eliminate it with a standard thin bezel view. In this case, though LG calls the G7 ThinQ's notch settings the "New Second Screen," LG actually gives you a couple of different looks to rid yourself of the notch if you so choose, but not always.

More on this shortly, so let's drop in for a closer look at the LG G7 ThinQ...

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