It is difficult to stand out in the smartphone field and above all to overcome what these devices manage to do with electronics only a few millimeters thick, but when many revolve around the camera LG focuses on audio. Its (first?) Flagship this year, the LG G7 ThinQ has been designed to satisfy those who demand a sound of the highest quality, and finally today we have left doubts with its features.
The phones of the G line had traditionally been presented at the MWC (in February). Thus, with the “better late than never” and keeping the name ThinQ as a seal, LG is betting on a smartphone made for gourmets of audio, both by headphones and speakers.
A G series increasingly V, also on the outside
At the end the rumors have returned to exercise spoilers and confirm the new design we saw for this LG G7 ThinQ. A G with more air of V, with more curves, the rear cameras in vertical and yes, another one with notch. This phone remembers quite a lot, however, both on the front and back, with the finish, the curves and the centered fingerprint reader, although as we said that “robot look” of the cameras is finished and these are integrated in vertical.
As for the materials, we have the usual aluminum that in this case has polished something else. Metal that goes in a sandwich of Gorilla Glass 5, looking to be fashionable and that there is resistance on both sides (back and front) and having resistance certification for water and dust to IP68.
Display, by the way, with a somewhat peculiar ratio: 19.5: 9. This is also proportionally higher than the V30s and with the notch the screen manages to scratch more surface of the front, reaching 82.9% according to GSM Arena (compared to 81.2% of the V30s which is not little).
The name “Super Bright” refers to a considerably high maximum brightness of 1,000 nits, which promises to be visible without problems in any situation. The panel also shows 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and the software makes it easier to adjust the temperature of the targets, all surrounded by frames 50% thinner than the LG G6.
In addition, LG reaffirms what also characterized the V series with this dual display that we saw in the LG V10. An area that the user can customize according to its use both at the level of functions and dimensions.
The quality sound according to LG
The promise is that the user has a completely new experience and never achieved on a smartphone. How do you want to achieve this? Incorporating a Boombox speaker that promises more powerful bass, sharper treble and an improvement of the base sound level by more than 6 decibels.
But the novelties are also in the structure of the telephone: what qualifies the manufacturer as innovation is the use of the lower space of the mobile as a sounding board to amplify the sound (up to ten times more than any other smartphone, they say). In this way they want to ensure that no external loudspeaker is needed to achieve powerful audio, with the advantage that by supporting it on a smooth surface, the vibration is transmitted to it and a greater amplification of the sound is achieved.
In addition, not only have they served the users who use the loudspeaker. The LG G7 ThinQ integrates DTS technology: X 3D Surround Sound, which creates a simulation of 3D audio (surround), looking for that it is not necessary to opt for advanced (and more expensive) headphones to have a good listening experience. It also automatically detects the type of headphones and automatically adjusts the output impedance of the connector (yes, there is an audio jack).
The G7 also has 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, which has four digital-analog converters on a single sound chip. In this way, it explains the mark that reduces the total harmonic distortion (THD) rate to 0.0002%, that is to say, increases the sound accuracy.
The intelligence to see better
The manufacturers who started to include dual camera have kept their bet, there are different options in that combination, LG being one of them. In this way, we see again in this phone the pair of a standard lens with a super wide-angle, both 16 megapixels, raising the sensor of the front to 8 megapixels.
What it is repeating is the proposal of that already presented its first phone with the surname ThinQ: the incorporation of AI CAM, that is, artificial intelligence. The user will notice with the availability of up to 19 shooting modes (of the eight that already existed) and Super Bright mode for low light images, promising shots with more brightness, being able to take illuminated images even in the darkness almost completely.
This is achieved thanks to the software processing and the artificial intelligence algorithm, which adjust the camera automatically when shooting in these conditions, as well as by pixel binning (grouping four pixels in one to increase the size of these and increase the sensitivity in shots in low light). Although another novelty that is striking is that LG has finally introduced the portrait mode in its camera app, so that it can compete with itself and it rivals in this regard too.
The front camera also supports facial recognition. A function that in a matter of camera gives so that we also have here 2d and 3d masks and stickers.
The “smart” functions are not only in the camera, in fact there is a specific button for these as it was filtered. With a touch will open Google Assistant and two Google Lens, being one of the first mobile that supports this feature of Google that integrates computer vision and artificial intelligence in the search.
The G7 ThinQ also premieres a microphone with Super Far Field Voice Recognition (SFFVR), that is, with greater sensitivity, promising that it will be able to differentiate and separate the voice commands issued to Assistant from the background noise. The idea: that in addition to replacing an external loudspeaker with its audio power, it can also do so in terms of intelligent speaker functions.
All this moved with the latest Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845, with the option to accompany it with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery. This will be linked storage, having 64 GB model and 128 GB (to the combination of 6 GB and 128 GB LG has called it G7+).
Versions and availability of the LG G7 ThinQ
The LG G7 ThinQ will be available in South Korea in the coming days, this being the first market in which it will start its commercialization. After this the availability will be extended to North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.
We know that there will be two versions according to storage and RAM, the 4/64 GB and the “plus” version with 6/128 GB, and that you can choose between four colors (silver, black, blue and pink), but we are still at the expect to know the price, which according to rumors would be for the 849 euros in Europe for the most basic model.