"LG G7 ThinQ debuts with 6.1" notched screen

Apparently, the G7 ThinQ's "Empathic AI" - that's how LG describes its artificial intelligence, which it says is capable of human-like thinking to a certain extent - is better than its predecessors. LG G7 ThinQ comes with a host of AI features such as Vision AI for smarter image recognition.

Also like some recent phones, the G7 has a notch, a cutout at the top of the phone housing the camera and earpiece. Users who aren't fans of the notch can flip a toggle in the phone's settings, and the sides of the notch will remain entirely black aside from icons and other status bar info. On the left, you have the volume buttons and a dedicated button to invoke the Google Assistant. At the moment the AI button can not be remapped for another feature, but don't be surprised if a software update down the road changes that.

LG added that the device is the first South Korean smartphone to be equipped with the Google Lens feature, which delivers relevant information on objects in the photo, such as animals, buildings, or books. A circular fingerprint sensor can also be seen just below the dual camera modules. Sadly, the scanner doesn't double as a power button anymore. You can also top the sealed-in 3,000 mAh battery, through the Type-C port, at up to Quick Charge 3.0 rates. Instead, it has gone ahead and stuck with just a single-firing speaker at the bottom of the device. How does it do this?

LG has also pumped up the speaker here.

The 6.1-inch IPS LCD screen also offers some neat new features.

The display is extra bright, with what LG says is a 1,000-nit maximum brightness and dedicated white pixels to go along with the traditional RGB. It's pretty cool, really - you can feel the entire phone vibrate when low frequencies play, and it could make the G7 a great device for consuming media. The smartphone is IP68, and MIL-STD 810G certified, same as previous LG devices.

According to the specs details that have been leaked by VentureBeat the upcoming LG G7 ThinQ will boast of a 6.1-inch display which when compared to last year's LG G6 is much bigger.

Performance As expected from a flagship smartphone in 2018, the LG G7 ThinQ has top-of-the-line specifications such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor along with 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. The company pioneered secondary screens with the V-series back in the day, but has switched its phablets to conventional OLED panels since. Rumor has it a more expensive 256GB option is also on the table so we'll wait and see.

The LG G7 ThinQ's dual rear camera setup comprises up of a standard-angle camera, with a maximum resolution of 16MP and a 71-degree FOV and F/1.6 aperture. The former has optical image stabilization to help with shaky hands. In a move created to ape Huawei and Asus' intelligent cameras, the LG G7 can recognise objects and different types of scene on the fly and make adjustments to the camera as necessary. Up front, it has an 8MP wide-angle sensor. Of course, for those curious about portrait mode, you can toggle the option on after taking a photo to blur the background and bring the subject into focus, this option is available to both rear-facing photos and selfies. Earlier this year, LG Electronics released the LG V30S ThinQ, an updated version of the LG V30 launched in 2017.

Unfortunately, there's little we know about the pricing at the moment, but it will be released in the first week of June.

  • Carolyn Briggs