Update: We know everything about the LG G7, from the release date to the price, and have even tested it in full in our LG G7 ThinQ review. Here's our explainer.
The new LG G7 ThinQ and its official release date and price are no longer a mystery, as it's been announced and we now know all about the features of this AI-powered Android Oreo smartphone.
This is LG's new flagship phone for 2018, and as our exclusive reporting predicted, it has an 'optional' notch at the top of the display and takes on the AI-focused ThinQ name along with an AI button on the side.
Sure, the LG G7's launch timing is behind the competition, with the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro already launched. But that just means that LG has more to prove. That's what it's hoping to do with the phone's AI tech.
And there's more here than just AI, as the LG G7 ThinQ is a bigger overhaul than the mid-cycle LG V30S ThinQ. Its 6.1-inch bright display and equally bright camera give us something to get excited about.
Here's everything you need to know about the LG G7 ThinQ, as we prepare for the launch in the US, UK and other regions of the world.
- Hands on review: Read our in-depth hands on: LG G7 ThinQ review
Watch our hands on LG G7 ThinQ video below to see the phone in action
Cut to the chase
- What is LG G7? LG's 2018 flagship smartphone
- When is LG G7 out? May 31 for UK, June 1 for the US
- How much will LG G7 cost? It'll cost $750 / £619 / AU$1,099
LG G7 ThinQ release date and price
- Release date: May 31 (UK), June 1 (US), June 7 (Australia)
- US price: $749 from T-Mobile, Verizon; $792 on Sprint
- UK price: £619, according to O2
- AU price: AU$ $1,099 via JB Hi-Fi and Mobileciti
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Following a South Korean launch in mid-May, the UK will be the first place to get the LG G7 ThinQ, with the phone arriving on May 31.
In the US, the LG G7 ThinQ release date is June 1, and on all major carriers but AT&T, which may get an exclusive LG phone in the future (maybe LG V35 ThinQ). US LG G7 pre-orders began on May 24 and May 25.
Australia will start selling the LG G7 on June 7.
Everything is later than usual. The G7 has showed up several weeks later than when we got the G6 last year, but that does make sense. LG recently started redesigning the phone from scratch, and it really shows. In some ways, this phone feels like it's been built from the ground up.
The LG G7 price is in and it's more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S9, costing $749 through Verizon and T-Mobile. It's $100 more than the LG G6 price at launch, and Sprint started selling it for more: $792.
It's a lot cheaper in the UK at £619 through O2, and in Australia, you'll pay a reasonable AU$1,099 via JB Hi-Fi and Mobileciti.
That's a lot of cash in the US, but it's not as expensive as the the iPhone X.
LG G7 ThinQ design and display
- 6.1-inch QHD+ resolution with 'optional' top notch
- An all-screen design and glass body in five different colors
- A side-mounted power button and rear fingerprint scanner
- Waterproof IP68 and has a 3.5mm headphone jack
The LG G7 ThinQ looks like the G6 with a smaller chin and larger all-screen LCD display that measures 6.1 inches. That's a small, but pleasing upgrade from last year's 5.7-inch screen.
It has a stylish, albeit slightly plain glass body and several color options: Raspberry Rose, New Moroccan Blue, New Aurora Black, and New Platinum Gray.
The Raspberry Rose and New Moroccan Blue colors we saw on launch day look a lot better than the New Platinum Gray we toyed with for a week. The metal frame takes on the same vibrant hue as the back glass, causing a little bit of a color outline to be visible even when looking at the display.
The G7 doesn't have a fancy curved design like Samsung's phones, but its understated look does accentuate the big screen nicely. In fact, the screen really stands out thanks to a new Super Bright Display mode that amps up the brightness to 1,000 nits compared to the 500 or 600 nits from conventional smartphones.
You don't normally need 1,000 nits of brightness indoors, but outdoors this can make a big difference. You'll actually be able to read your phone while walking down the street. And LG has designed this brightness boost mode to quit after three minutes to conserve battery life and prevent overheating.
LG returns the sleep/wake button to the right side of the phone after making the rear fingerprint sensor double as a clicky power button in the previous generations of its smartphones. This makes the LG G7 ThinQ feel more like a conventional handset. There's also a new AI button on the left side.
The AI button calls up Google Assistant with a single press or Google Lens with a double press. LG, thankfully, isn't attempting to make its own AI assistant in the way that Samsung is trying to force it's work-in-progress Bixby AI onto everyone. It's relying on Google, and for good reason. It's the machine learning leader.
The LG G7 ThinQ includes an always-on screen and offers IP68 water resistance, enough to prevent dust and water damage (it's supposed to survive at up to 1.5 meters underwater for 30 minutes). And yes, it includes a 3.5mm headphone jack.
LG G7 ThinQ camera and battery
- Dual-lens 16MP rear cameras, one for wide angle photos
- AI-powered scene recognition and Super Bright mode
- Upgraded 8MP front-facing camera
- 3,000mAh battery, smaller than the G6 battery
The LG ThinQ has two vertically stacked 16MP cameras on the back, and they're both equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS) and AI scene recognition software.
The AI Camera, as LG calls it, is supposed to switch modes based on the subject it sees (think: person, animal, food, etc). It then adjusts the color filters and brightness of the camera accordingly. It's all done automatically and the interface even displays words of what it thinks it sees right on the screen (which can be unintentionally funny when it gets things very wrong).
AI is also used in the camera brightness mode, which LG calls its Super Bright Camera. This mode can make photos and video four times brighter than what we saw on the LG G6, though the max resolution drops to 4MP for photos and 1080p for video (divide the max by 4). That still may be worth it versus a darkened image.
The dual-lens camera pairs a normal lens that has a large f/1.6 aperture and a wider lens that has a 107-degree field of view meant for ultra-wide photos. That's good for capturing more of what's in front of you. The front-facing camera has also been improved in the G7 over past LG phones, now coming in at 8MP.
The LG G7 ThinQ's battery may be our biggest concern. It has a 3,000mAh capacity and is supposed to provide all-day battery life. But it's smaller than the LG V30's 3,300mAh battery. We'll have to judge the performance in our final review. Thankfully, it does have QuickCharge 3.0 and wireless charging to boot.
LG G7 ThinQ power and storage
- Powered by the Snapdragon 845 chip and Android Oreo
- 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD card slot
- Variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage exists – somewhere
The LG G7 ThinQ is rocking the newest Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 845. It also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage in its normal configuration. The microSD card slot provides expandable storage if you need more.
That's going to be plenty fast for most people, and a big step up over the G6, which included the older Snapdragon 821 chipset when other phones in its class were launching with the Snapdragon 835. LG waited to launch its new phone with flagship-level specs, and that's a good thing for everyone.
Need more? LG is also making an LG G7+ ThinQ with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but details on this souped-up version of the phone haven't been revealed yet. You may see this version internationally under the regular LG G7 ThinQ name.
Still waiting for the Android Oreo update on your phone? Well, upgrading to the LG G7 ThinQ gets you the new software right away. It's carrying Google's latest version of the operating system, and we're hoping that LG becomes quicker with issuing future updates (like it has promised), as Android P is around the corner.
Other LG G7 ThinQ features
- Powerful 'Boombox' speaker
- Far-field voice recognition
The LG G7 ThinQ has one large speaker it calls a Boombox Speaker. It's a chamber spanning the entire phone that's supposed to provide louder audio and deeper bass.
We saw (and heard) this amped up speaker in action when it was placed on a wooded table and then a hollow wooden box. It really reverberates nicely, although LG equipped its phone with a single bottom-firing speaker, so it's going to be easy to accidentally cover up the speaker grille compared to phones with stereo speakers.
There are also powerful microphones on the LG G7 ThinQ, with the company touting that its phone has far field voice recognition. That pairs nicely with the Google Assistant button and the trigger words 'Hey Google.' It's supposed to be able to hear you like a smart speaker.
- The OnePlus 6 is a fairly affordable alternative