The LG G7 ThinQ is a powerhouse of a smartphone from the South Korean manufacturer, sporting the latest in specs in every area, and a design language that has become all too familiar in 2018. With a glass-and-metal body, sporting IP68 water and dust resistance and a 3,000mAh non-removable battery, LG's new aesthetic looks pretty similar to last year's designs. The big difference, of course, is at the top of the screen, where LG has reduced the bezels even further from the V30's incredibly small ones, but also added a notch to house the camera, earpiece, and proximity sensors. This notch is carved out of a new M+ LCD screen, one that boasts quad-HD resolution, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 6.1-inch diagonal size, and purported 1000 nits of maximum sustained brightness. LG is utilizing its M+ LCD technology from its LCD line of TVs, which feature a white pixel within the standard RGB stripe, effectively increasing brightness to our eyes without having to increase power consumption.
LG measures the power savings at 35-percent compared with the same level of brightness on other display types, including its own OLED displays found on the LG V30 and V30S ThinQ, but LG is focusing more on the brightness level rather than talking about the overall quality of this display in general; a clear sign that it's wanting to keep its premium OLED offerings on the more expensive V series. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset powers the entire experience, and 4GB of RAM is typically enough to provide a good multitasking solution without compromise. LG is, of course, launching the G7 ThinQ with Android 8.0 Oreo, as well as an updated version of its custom Android implementation, which provides simplified settings, a few additional features, and all of the new goodies that Oreo brought with it when it launched last year.
Among the many unique features of the device, LG is utilizing a new design of a waterproofing seal that allows the entire device to act as a resonating speaker, effectively boosting the volume and clarity of audio coming from the phone tenfold. To further enhance this, LG is utilizing DTS-X 7.1 virtual surround sound on the phone, which gives the user a sense of sound being all around them rather than just coming from a single bottom-firing speaker. The LG G7 ThinQ, of course, has enhanced camera components too, now boasting 16-megapixel sensors for each rear-facing camera, including an f/1.6 71-degree angle lens for the main sensor, and an f/1.9 107-degree angle lens for the secondary camera. Check out our hands-on video below to see what we think, decide what you think, and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get all of the latest content when it lands!