Photo supports rumor that follow-up to LG G6 is the LG G7 ThinQ

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  • Two photos, allegedly of the LG G7 ThinQ, give us our first look at what the upcoming flagship might look like.
  • The two most notable features of the LG G7 ThinQ are a notched display and a dedicated hardware button. Its function is unknown.
  • The alleged LG G7 ThinQ specs are good, but nothing that will blow you away.

Last week we reported on a rumor from VentureBeat writer Evan Blass that the upcoming follow-up to the LG G6 would be called the LG G7 ThinQ. Now, via some images posted at TechRadar, it’s all but confirmed that that will likely be the real name.

A month ago, LG revealed the awkwardly named LG V30S ThinQ and the LG V30S Plus ThinQ. The “ThinQ” moniker refers to the ability of the devices to detect objects in photos using artificial intelligence. Although the two devices are definitely high-powered superphones, they were both only minor upgrades from the original LG V30.

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But with this new LG G7 ThinQ as revealed in the leaked images below, it looks like LG will be upgrading a few features of last year’s LG G6. The two most significant changes are a notched display and a new hardware button on the side, which could be a dedicated AI button, like the Bixby button on Samsung phones. From the photos, we can also likely confirm that the G7 ThinQ will come with a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage.

LG G7 ThinQ
LG G7 ThinQ

While those specs are certainly current for a flagship device, they aren’t exactly revolutionary. In fact, the upcoming OnePlus 6 will have more RAM, more storage, the same processor, and likely sell for cheaper than the G7 ThinQ.

This new device comes after a shake-up at LG where the development team scrapped its then-current design to start over fresh. It seems that the new AI button is the only thing especially noteworthy about this new phone, so it’s kind of a let down that this is the result of those scrapped plans. Unless, of course, the button does something incredibly cool that we’re not expecting.

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It’s also interesting that the LG G7 ThinQ will almost certainly have a notch, as LG tried to get folks on Reddit to talk about notches last week. Spoiler alert: Redditors hate notches as much as you do.

It’s assumed that LG will bring the G7 ThinQ to market in May, so we could see an official announcement of the device sometime this month. Are you excited to find out what this new button does, or do the phone’s specs underwhelm you? Let us know in the comments!

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April 8, 2018 at 12:15PM