When talking about underrated phones from 2017, it’s almost impossible to not mention the LG G6. LG made a huge comeback following the disaster that was the G5, but devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 simply ate the G6 for breakfast and didn’t leave it with much of a fighting chance to stand out from the crowd.
LG needs a winner this year with the G6’s successor, and this is everything we know so far about its upcoming flagship.
April 18, 2018 — There will be a dedicated Google Assistant button
We’ve given Samsung grief countless times for its infamous Bixby button, and according to a report from CNET, LG will feature something similar on the G7 ThinQ. It’s said that the phone will come with a button dedicated to launching a virtual assistant, but instead of creating its own AI, LG’s having the button act as a shortcut for the Google Assistant.
The button is said to sit on the left side of the G7 while the power button is moved to the right, and as someone that uses Active Edge on the Pixel 2 every single day to trigger the Assistant, I’m excited to see more OEMs making it as easy as possible to access it.
April 16, 2018 — Official render leaks
We had our first great look at the LG G7 ThinQ courtesy of @evleaks. Not only does it help corroborate some earlier leaks of its general size and shape, it also gives more information on the display notch. By brightening up the image a bit, you can see that the notch is about one-third the width of the top of the display, and contains a typical-looking set of sensors, a camera and an earpiece speaker.
April 10, 2018 — LG will unveil the LG G7 ThinQ in New York on May 2
And it’s official: LG has confirmed that it will unveil its next flagship at an event in New York City on May 2. The LG G7 ThinQ will have similar AI-assisted features as the LG V30S, and will be making its debut in Seoul on May 3, a day after the unveil.
April 6, 2018 — LG’s next phone will be called the “LG G7 ThinQ” and come out this May
There’s been some debate over what LG would call its next flagship for months, but all of the rumors and speculation can finally be put to rest. TechRadar recently acquired hands-on photos of the device, and it shows the phone booting up with the name of LG G7 ThinQ. Oh brother.
This follows the same naming scheme we saw with the LG V30S ThinQ at CES this year, and it marks an — interesting — shift for LG.
The photos also show the G7 ThinQ with the long-rumored notch in its display, and specs are said to include a Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. A release is said to be scheduled for this May, meaning we may get an announcement as soon as this month.
LG’s adopting the notch, because why not?
Amidst all the announcements coming out of MWC 2018, LG gave certain attendees an early look at its upcoming flagship phone for 2018. The photos captured of the device were pretty blurry and not all that detailed, but thankfully TechnoBuffalo teamed up with designer Ben Geskin to give us a clear look at what we can expect from LG later this year.
First off, let’s get the elephant out of the room – LG’s next flagship will, unfortunately, have a notch. This is a trend a lot of Android OEMs are rushing to adopt, and it’s one I’m not a fan of seeing. LG will likely use a software trick to hide the notch with a black status bar, but even with that in place, a notch is still a notch.
The phone will have hardly any bezels surrounding said notch (save for a small chin at the bottom), and the back will be made out of glass and feature a fingerprint sensor and dual-camera setup.
While it’s not the worst-looking phone I’ve ever seen, I’m not sure playing copycat is the right move for a company whose mobile division has been losing money quarter after quarter. An original design would have played in LG’s favor considering how many other companies are also trying to mimic the iPhone X, but that doesn’t appear to be what we’re getting.
Mr. Phone also gave us an early glimpse as to what the G7 will look like thanks to a collaboration with @OnLeaks, and as you can see from the video below, it confirms most everything we’re already expecting.
We’ll get an MLCD+ display instead of an OLED one
Most all flagship phones are shipping with AMOLED or OLED displays, but after sub-par reviews of the V30 and Pixel 2 XL‘s screens, LG will be changing gears and trying its hand at a new type of panel – MLCD+.
MLCD+ is fairly new in the mobile space, but it sounds promising. Compared to traditional IPS LCD screens, MLCD+ uses 35% less power, uses the RGBW matrix, and has a max brightness of 800-nits.
The V30’s OLED panel wasn’t necessarily bad, but it also paled in comparison to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8. A new type of screen could help LG differentiate itself from the rest of the market, but a lot of this will hinge on the company’s execution of it.
The phone should be powered by the Snapdragon 845
As great as the G6 was, one of the main reasons you might have been inclined to choose the Galaxy S8 over it was because of the processor it shipped with. The G6 launched with the Snapdragon 821, and while the 821 was a perfectly fast CPU, the S8 launched just a few weeks later with the much newer 835.
This year, however, we aren’t expecting LG to make the same mistake. A report from The Investor last May said that LG would be partnering with Qualcomm to release the G7 with its Snapdragon 845 processor, and towards the end of December, a list was found showing that the G7 would launch with the 845 in February.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 is a big improvement compared to the 835, offering speed improvements, better camera performance, faster cellular speed, and a lot more. If LG can get this inside the G7, that’ll put it on a much more level playing field than what we saw with the G6 and S8 last year.
Based on the information we have and historical trends, we think this will be a close match to the G7’s final specifications:
|Operating System||Android 8.1|
|Display||6-inch MLCD+ with notch
2880 x 1440 resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
micro SD expansion (assumed)
Quick charging (either USB-PD or Qualcomm Quick Charge
Qi wireless charging (assumed)
|Audio||3.5mm headphone jack
32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC
|Rear cameras||Dual cameras, one standard lens and one wide-angle|
|Water resistance||Yes, IP68|
Updated April 18, 2018: Updated with all the latest news about the G7 ThinQ!
April 20, 2018 at 04:58AM