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The LG G7 ThinQ will deliver an exceptional audio experience

LG has announced the launch event of the LG G7 ThinQ. May 2nd will be the day. Meanwhile, pictures and further details of LG's new hope have appeared. The latest news comes straight from LG, teasing details about the audio for the upcoming flagship.

Will this be the most powerful sound heard on a smartphone?

LG keep dropping details about its new smartphone, the G7 ThinQ, and this might be to settle the rumors and leaks that will begin to surface as we approach the launch.

According to the brand, the G7 ThinQ will offer an 'unrivaled' audio experience, taking advantage of the space inside the device to create a resonator that can amplify 10 times more than a traditional smartphone.

LG G7 ThinQ Boombox Speaker
According to LG, you won't need bluetooth speakers anymore!/ © LG

The Boombox speaker is able to increase the overall audio level by as much as 6dB, meaning there will be twice the amount of bass. Not only that, upon placing the smartphone on a flat surface or a box, it will use the resonance chamber as a woofer, which will amplify the bass even further.

When developing the LG G7 ThinQ , LG took into account that consumers today are
increasingly using their smartphones in the home or while doing outdoor activities to
listen to their favorite tunes.

LG has certainly not forgotten audiophiles and will include a Quad Hi-Fi DAC, capable of handling high quality and high-impedance headphones for a fantastic audio experience. The new DTS:X audio technology that delivers up to 7.1-channel 3D surround sound for both music and video or other multimedia applications is also included.

It looks like LG are pulling out all of the stops with the LG G7 ThinQ. Are you looking forward to its release? Let us know in the comments.


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Everything we know about the LG G7 ThinQ:


When will it be released?

The first official confirmations of LG's new flagship have arrived. It will be called LG G7 ThinQ and will be unveiled on May 2 in New York and the next day in Seoul. This was confirmed by the brand itself, with a post on its Korean website.

How much will the LG G7 ThinQ cost?

In 2017, LG surprised us with a pricing that was perhaps a bit too high for the bid for the market launch. Will LG continue to set the price of the LG G7 ThinQ high in 2018? If LG remains true to its previous pricing, then the LG G7 ThinQ will debut with a price of about $800. Just a few months after the market launch, prices are likely to fall sharply.

What will the LG G7 ThinQ look like?

LG previews details of "brightest and most vibrant display on the market"

LG has announced the technical details of the LG G7 ThinQ display. Among other things, LG confirms that an IPS panel will be used. It measures 6.1 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 3,120 x 1,440 pixels. This results in an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

The LG G7 should also have a particularly bright display, the brightest in the smartphone market, according to the manufacturer. LG speaks of the panel reaching a brightness of 1,000 nits. This should ensure good legibility even in daylight. Nevertheless, the display will consume up to 30 percent less energy than previous IPS panels.

In addition, LG wants to impress with its color representation. The LG G7's display supports the DCI-P3 standard and covers 100 percent of it. Users can adjust the color representation to their taste, either with several preset profiles or by setting the individual color controls according to their own wishes.

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LG previews the color display options of the LG G7. / © LG

From the numbers alone, it looks like the LG G7 ThinQ will have a solid screen, if nothing ground-breaking. But we’ll see if it measures up to LG’s claim of "the brightest and most vibrant display on the smartphone market today".

Apparently, a prototype was exhibited at the MWC, which was shown behind closed doors. This is currently the best view we have of the real-life LG G7 ThinQ.

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The LG G7 ThinQ out in real life. / © ynews

AndroidHeadlines has leaked the entire color palette of the LG G7 ThinQ:

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The LG G7 ThinQ in five colors. / © AndroidHeadlines

Official-looking renders confirm the notch

Looking at these seemingly official renders from reliable leaker Evan Blass, the notch is visible, although it does appear to be less so than other smartphones, such as the upcoming OnePlus 6, or the Huawei P20 Pro due to the faded black at the top of the screen. However, perhaps it isn't such a good idea for the brand to make the notch so large, as the backlash towards this feature continues. 

We can also further speculate that LG will be moving the power button to the right of the handset, which supports the information from previous leaks. For some of you, this will be a welcome change from the rear power button. An extra button on the left side could be for Google Assistant according to rumors. 

The metal frame will apparently be slightly larger than on the LG V30, which is certainly in line with the design trajectory that LG has pushed on the LG G6.

Finally, as expected, it has an almost bezel-less design, particularly around the sides, and to the bottom we can see a larger bezel. At the top, you can see the usual sensors and the front camera which is located in the center. 

What is surprising, however, is that a quite large frame can be seen at the lower edge. We will soon find out how this asymmetrical arrangement of edges arrives in everyday life: The announcement of the LG G7 ThinQ is due on May 2.

What does the ThinQ mean?

LG already added the term ThinQ to the refresh of the LG V30 and named the smartphone LG V30S ThinQ. Not very catchy - ThinQ is pronounced like "Think-you". But there is a reason for this: LG wants to raise customers' awareness of its networked home appliances. Whether washing machine, refrigerator or microwave: LG wants to enable networked control everywhere in the future.

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LG has chosen G7 ThinQ for the name. / © LG

The Google Assistant should be able to control various ThinQ features. After the more experimental ThinQ implementations in the LG V30S, there should be some more integration of the ThinQ platform in the LG G7 ThinQ.

The camera of the G7 ThinQ should set new standards

Good, but not very good, that's our conclusion about the cameras of the LG G6 and LG V30. The camera detects the subject and sets the appropriate image parameters. The dual camera remains separated into a normal focal length and a wide-angle lens. Behind both lenses is now a 16MP sensor that can capture images in 10-bit color depth.

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The camera section of the V30: In the G7 ThinQ it reappears in an improved form. / © AndroidPIT

Iris scanner instead of fingerprint reader?

The fingerprint reader is no longer a novelty; on the contrary, it almost seems as if brands are looking for a way out. It will probably be a gradual development and not followed by everyone, which I suppose is a bit like removing the headphone jack. 

The alternatives to the fingerprint reader are already in circulation, one of which is the Face ID integrated on iPhone X, the other is the iris scanner adopted by Samsung on the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8. The latest rumors in the pipeline suggest that LG will also follow the latter path, but instead use a different solution to its rival.

The LG patent shows a sensor that acts as both a front camera and an iris scanner. There is no infrared LED like the one found on Samsung devices, but a single all-in-one module that can be used for both selfies and unlocking the device. A space-saving solution that we will probably also see on the G7 ThinQ.

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An all-in-one module to unlock the G7 ThinQ with a glance. / © Gizmochina

LG could therefore totally ditch the fingerprint reader or retain both, to give users a choice.

LG G7 ThinQ: Rumored technical specifications

 
  LG G7 ThinQ / LG G7+ ThinQ
Display 6 inch
Resolution 19.5:9-Display, QHD+, M+LCD-Panel
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 4 / 6 GB
Storage 64 / 128 GB, MicroSD-Slot
Camera Dual camera, 2 x 16 MP
Battery 3.000 mAh
Android version Android 8.0 Oreo
Features Iris scanner, headphone jack

The data in the table are based on different rumors, and will be updated if new information comes to light.


What would you like to find on the LG G7 ThinQ? What should LG do in your opinion to make users fall in love with its future flagships?

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  • I may have to use Jump! and try this


  • If it sells.....


  • I don't like curved screens. Epic fail.


  • Why are they forcing this notch? It's unnecessary on the phone.


  • Sorin 5 months ago Link to comment

    LG must recover strongly to return to the current trend.


  • Keeping my Essential until the next Essential release to compare to iPhone.
    I now refuse to buy any device that does not have Essential or iPhone build quality and hand feel.


  • Nope! Prices get higher & higher & higher. It' just not worth it (to me anyway).
    How about something besides a rectangular slab of plastic, metal & glass? ;)
    Personally, I don't think any smartphone is "worth" 800-100 dollars. Shoot, anything
    over 500 bucks is too out of line if you ask me. But, it's not my money. You want to
    spend upwards of that? Feel free.


  • Jens L 6 months ago Link to comment

    Want to upgrade from a S7.Is this G7 worth waiting for or is the V30 a better buy? I have never owned any LG phone.


    • Brittany McGhee
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      6 months ago Link to comment

      Why are you wanting to upgrade? What is your price range? The decision depends on a lot of factors.


      • Jens L 6 months ago Link to comment

        Because the battery is getting really bad In my S7 and I also want better audio quality. A wide angle lens also seems like a pretty useful option. I have never really been getting along with my Samsung S7 so the S9 is definitely not an alternative. Plus I will never spend money on a smartphone without a headphone jack (until a valid wired replacement comes along).Water resistance is a must for me. Unfortunately that pretty much leaves the LG V30 or the coming G7 left to choose from in the flagship segment. Or is the older LG G6 perhaps a better bang for the buck ?


      • watch out for LG. your samsung may be aging, but LG build quality and quality control is sorely lacking. i went to the v30 and had all sorts of issues with it. got a replacement and had the same issues. i recommend waiting until the s9 gets the bugs ironed out and the price comes down a bit, or a good deal comes around and getting that if samsung is what you're used to. owning the v30 really got me sore with their brand. after researching the issues, i've found that it's not limited to the v30. even their televisions have QC issues.


  • RMDC 6 months ago Link to comment

    I've owned the V20, G6 and now V30. I will never buy a phone with a notch so my V30 will be my last LG phone unless they nix the notch.


  • I think if you have a choice of OLED or LCD that would be a very nice feature. But I do question having a notch. For myself, no notch is best. To me it just takes away from your viewing pleasure!


  • Another tax write-off for LG. Sad when they make one mistake after another. Say "no" to the notch!


  • Sick of this "copy anything that appears trendy" crap! No bezels, stylish & colorful, dual camera...now this silly "notch". Just another reminder that smartphone manufacturers are at a "Moore's Law" point...they have NO innovative ideas left, other than to stuff more megapixels, faster processors, smaller batteries and higher prices into these things! But, can't blame em. Goofy consumers continue to eat it up, although it does appear to be slowing down a bit, due to the inflated prices.


  • Well, that LG render looks like a Huawei with an iPhone notch (clean build overall).

    The assumed specs seemed reasonable, but a 3,000 mAh battery? Nope! That battery needs to be at least a 4,000!

    And don't forget the micro SD card slot!


  • this phone will go down in history as LG's biggest wet fart. StinQs


  • My G6 still hasn't seen an update to Oreo and nobody at LG seems to know when it'll hit the UK.

    NOT interested in the G7 due to LG's shonky update schedule.


  • Well they better come up with something good because they won't only be facing stiff competition from Samsung and Apple, but also Huawei with the 20 series, looks like they are stepping up the mark and the pro series with the 4000mah battery, plus whatever OnePlus and Google decide to unveil also, going to be a right for LG if they can't come up with something that's going to set them apart from the competition.

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