LG G7 ThinQ review

8.1/10 AVG.
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8.1/10
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The LG G7 ThinQ currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 67 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

If you’re looking for a bright screen or exceptional audio, the LG G7 ThinQ has you covered. Otherwise, overall value is debatable with the likes of the OnePlus 6 and the big flagships either just below or just above the phone’s price.

What's good

  • Insanely bright display
  • Good speaker
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Generous storage
  • microSD support
  • Blazing performance
  • IP68 water- and dust-resistance rating

What's bad

  • Average camera
  • Weird UI
  • Boring design
  • Inconsistent camera AI

LG is known for creating stylish devices with little bits of technical flair that help it stand out. But it still hasn’t been enough to help them take on the big names in the flagship market. With the LG G7 ThinQ, they apply their unique approach to the 2018 flagship formula. Is it enough to oust the top ranking options?

Looking at the phone, you’ll see a design similar to the rest of 2018’s biggest names. The IP68-rated metal and glass chassis with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is available in a variety of colors and -- thanks to the resolution of the display -- a long, thin affair despite the size of the screen. This makes it easy to use one-handed. There’s also a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side if you’re into voice assistants.

Perhaps the star of the show is the 6.1-inch 1440-by-3120 pixel IPS LCD panel with HDR 10 support. While it features a notch at the top like other recent big names, LG takes hiding the notch one step further. While most phones will only let you put a black bar at the top of the screen, LG offers a selection of colorful gradients that add a personalized touch to your notification bar. 

There’s also the 1000-nit boost mode for bright daylight. It only lasts for up to 3 minutes at a time but offers one of the highest numbers ever recorded for phone screen brightness. 

Otherwise, colors, viewing angles, and details were good but not exceptional. As an IPS display, the blacks are slightly milky and the colors read a touch cold. 

When it comes to performance, the phone includes the same octa-core 2.8Ghz Snapdragon 845 processor with 4 or 6GB of RAM as many of its competitors. Reviewers had no problems with performance whether they were playing games, multitasking, or recording 4K video.

You’ll find 64 or 128GB of internal storage for your apps, games, pictures, and other media. With microSD card support up to 2TB, adding extra storage space is simple if required.

While the phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo, LG’s skin wasn’t a hit with every reviewer. It takes a very iPhone approach to the user interface with a page-based app drawer. The UI itself is minimalist, with only some slight rounding to icons. Overall, reviewers felt most changes only hindered the Android experience or brought nothing particularly interesting to the table.

Cameras were also slightly lackluster. While the dual-lens 16MP rear camera mixes wide-angle and standard lenses for added flexibility and image quality is good overall, it doesn’t stand up to the rest of the flagship phones it competes with. The camera also has issues with blowing out bright areas, leaving white blocks instead of detail.

While the phone has an AI mode, reviewers found that it was hit or miss. When it worked, it worked wonderfully. But many times, it misidentified objects and left images feeling unrealistic.

The front-facing 8MP lens was simply considered good by most. It’s plenty for video chat and selfies but brings nothing new or exciting to the mix.

While the 3,000mAh battery is smaller than many similarly sized phones, reviewers had no problem pulling a full day from a single charge. While you’ll probably need to top up nightly, the USB Type-C fast charger means it’ll charge up quick.

If you love to stream music or watch media, the quad-DAC offers improved quality when using headphones and there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can use for favorite cans. The BoomBox speaker also allows you to lay your phone flat on a hard surface and use it as a sort of resonating subwoofer. While it won’t blow you away, reviewers found it rivaled punch of a smaller Bluetooth speaker and beat most laptop speakers.

Overall, reviews are positive. But some question the price. With the OnePlus 6 priced slightly cheaper, and flagships only slightly higher, it leaves the G7 ThinQ in a tough spot. Expert Reviews UK backs this up, saying, “If you buy the LG G7 now, you’ll likely be very happy with it, but if value is what you’re looking for, then you’re better off waiting a bit.” Stuff is more positive, saying, “The LG G7 ThinQ is one of the best ways to get a top-end phone that doesn’t cost so much it’ll make your bank account crumble to dust.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Authority

The LG G7 ThinQ camera is certainly not the best of its kind, but it gets close enough and can create some good images. With so many filters, shooting modes, and gimmicks, you can find a way to make every shot fun and interesting.

- Edgar Cervantes, Android Authority
DxOMark

In good conditions, the LG G7 ThinQ is capable of capturing nice images and video with pleasant color and good exposure. However, overall image quality is not quite up at the same level as the best in class. Dynamic range is a little more limited than we would expect from a high-end device, and imag...

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark
TrustedReviews

The phone excels in certain areas – the spectacular screen and fantastic audio through the headphone jack – but then disappoints in others with terrible AI features, LG’s poor Android software and a dull design. It feels like a device that could easily be the phone to buy in 2018 if LG had spent a b...

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews
Firstpost

Buy the LG G7+ ThinQ if you are looking for a great display, mind-blowing audio and solid build quality and don’t mind waiting for slower software updates. OnePlus 6 is truly an all-rounder this year, but the competition is catching up and the LG G7+ ThinQ is a worthy alternative that gets you more...

- Sheldon Pinto, Firstpost
Techaeris

While the LG G7 ThinQ doesn’t look remarkably special, it does have some great options and features, as well as decent build quality for those looking for a new smartphone. Given the crowded market and bigger name recognition of other OEMs, hopefully, users will give the LG G7 ThinQ a fair shake!

- Jason Bouwmeester, Techaeris


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Common Questions


LG released the G7 ThinQ on May 31, 2018.


The G7 ThinQ price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare LG G7 ThinQ prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG G7 ThinQ user manual here.


LG backs up the G7 ThinQ with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your G7 ThinQ has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The LG G7 ThinQ's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1440 x 3120 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1200 minutes, 591 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

G7 ThinQ Specs

Overview
Release date May 31, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 4/6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.48 W/kg
Body: 1.30 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 908 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 591 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 515 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 15.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Aurora Black, Platinum Gray, Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.32 x 7.19 x 0.79 cm (6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 162 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Pixel density 564 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Scratch resistant, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.9
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, Dual camera feature (16 MP 2nd camera, f/1.6), HDR, Voice activation, Slow motion recording, Time lapse
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/1.9
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AIFF, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (NextRadio)
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG G7+ ThinQ

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Critic Reviews


Android Authority

Does well where it matters

from Android Authority

The LG G7 ThinQ camera is certainly not the best of its kind, but it gets close enough and can create some good images. With so many filters, shooting modes, and gimmicks, you can find a way to make every shot fun and interesting.

Read full review

The LG G7 ThinQ camera is certainly not the best of its kind, but it gets close enough and can create some good images. With so many filters, shooting modes, and gimmicks, you can find a way to make every shot fun and interesting.

Read full review

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DxOMark

LG’s artificial intelligence camera

from DxOMark

In good conditions, the LG G7 ThinQ is capable of capturing nice images and video with pleasant color and good exposure. However, overall image quality is not quite up at the same level as the best in class. Dynamic range is a little more limited than we would expect from a high-end device, and i...More

In good conditions, the LG G7 ThinQ is capable of capturing nice images and video with pleasant color and good exposure. However, overall image quality is not quite up at the same level as the best in class. Dynamic range is a little more limited than we would expect from a high-end device, and image detail is only average, especially in lower light scenes. We also found the autofocus system to be a touch slower to react than for some direct rivals.

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TrustedReviews

Feels great to hold, packs high-end features and a lovely HDR display

from TrustedReviews

The phone excels in certain areas – the spectacular screen and fantastic audio through the headphone jack – but then disappoints in others with terrible AI features, LG’s poor Android software and a dull design. It feels like a device that could easily be the phone to buy in 2018 if LG had spent a bit more time finessing the product.

Read full review

The phone excels in certain areas – the spectacular screen and fantastic audio through the headphone jack – but then disappoints in others with terrible AI features, LG’s poor Android software and a dull design. It feels like a device that could easily be the phone to buy in 2018 if LG had spent a bit more time finessing the product.

Read full review

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Firstpost

A feature-packed alternative to the OnePlus 6

from Firstpost

Buy the LG G7+ ThinQ if you are looking for a great display, mind-blowing audio and solid build quality and don’t mind waiting for slower software updates. OnePlus 6 is truly an all-rounder this year, but the competition is catching up and the LG G7+ ThinQ is a worthy alternative that gets you more for your money.

Read full review

Buy the LG G7+ ThinQ if you are looking for a great display, mind-blowing audio and solid build quality and don’t mind waiting for slower software updates. OnePlus 6 is truly an all-rounder this year, but the competition is catching up and the LG G7+ ThinQ is a worthy alternative that gets you more for your money.

Read full review

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Techaeris

A sleek, narrow, well-rounded smartphone

from Techaeris

While the LG G7 ThinQ doesn’t look remarkably special, it does have some great options and features, as well as decent build quality for those looking for a new smartphone. Given the crowded market and bigger name recognition of other OEMs, hopefully, users will give the LG G7 ThinQ a fair shake!

Read full review

While the LG G7 ThinQ doesn’t look remarkably special, it does have some great options and features, as well as decent build quality for those looking for a new smartphone. Given the crowded market and bigger name recognition of other OEMs, hopefully, users will give the LG G7 ThinQ a fair shake!

Read full review

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Gizbot

Best value for money smartphone

from Gizbot

The smartphone offers the best-in-class display, premium and durable design, feature-rich camera and solid audio performance. It will come as a delight to audiophiles, gamers, and shutterbugs who are looking for a complete package in value flagship category.

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The smartphone offers the best-in-class display, premium and durable design, feature-rich camera and solid audio performance. It will come as a delight to audiophiles, gamers, and shutterbugs who are looking for a complete package in value flagship category.

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BGR

The audio-focused flagship

from BGR

LG has crafted a good smartphone this time which packs the essential hardware to attract buyers. If you want great audio, a different perspective with that super wide angle lens and don’t mind not having the stock Android interface then I would recommend the G7+ ThinQ because the device does not have any glaring problems.

Read full review

LG has crafted a good smartphone this time which packs the essential hardware to attract buyers. If you want great audio, a different perspective with that super wide angle lens and don’t mind not having the stock Android interface then I would recommend the G7+ ThinQ because the device does not have any glaring problems.

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NDTV

From a pure value point of view, it’s really hard to beat

from NDTV

The G7+ ThinQ is a solid offering from LG, and more importantly, it’s available at a very aggressive price. For all those who were on the fence about the OnePlus 6 due to its lack of some features such as weather resistance and wireless charging, the G7+ ThinQ is a very good alternative.

Read full review

The G7+ ThinQ is a solid offering from LG, and more importantly, it’s available at a very aggressive price. For all those who were on the fence about the OnePlus 6 due to its lack of some features such as weather resistance and wireless charging, the G7+ ThinQ is a very good alternative.

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Gadgets Now

The rise of the underdog

from Gadgets Now

LG this year may have managed to turn some heads towards its G7+ ThinQ as the smartphone’s spec-is-to-price-ratio will give some food for thought to users as well as to competition. Although the company might not be marketing its new smartphone as much as others, it surely has the ability to silently stir the market with this offering.

Read full review

LG this year may have managed to turn some heads towards its G7+ ThinQ as the smartphone’s spec-is-to-price-ratio will give some food for thought to users as well as to competition. Although the company might not be marketing its new smartphone as much as others, it surely has the ability to silently stir the market with this offering.

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Digit

Challenges the conventional thinking

from Digit

The LG G7+ThinQ brings HDR video, audiophile-grade hardware, IP68 rating and a body designed to withstand damage from being dropped. You get all this for a very reasonable price, and while it looks to be a very lucrative proposition, it isn’t a perfect smartphone.

Read full review

The LG G7+ThinQ brings HDR video, audiophile-grade hardware, IP68 rating and a body designed to withstand damage from being dropped. You get all this for a very reasonable price, and while it looks to be a very lucrative proposition, it isn’t a perfect smartphone.

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