LG G7 ThinQ is official, and it’s coming to T-Mobile this spring

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Meet the LG G7 ThinQ.

LG’s newest flagship Android smartphone places a heavy focus on AI features. It’s got an AI CAM feature that promises to analyze whatever you’ve got your camera pointed at and then select the best shooting mode from the 19 available. It’ll also use an AI algorithm to automatically adjust the camera settings when you’re shooting in low light to help you get a brighter photo.

LG is also relying on Google to add some smarts to the G7 ThinQ. On the side of the phone, below the volume buttons, there’s a dedicated Google Assistant button. Press it once to launch Google Assistant or press and hold to just start talking to Google Assistant. You can also use your voice to activate Google Assistant, and LG says that its Super Far Field Voice recognition will hear you from up to five meters (16 feet) away.

The dedicated Google Assistant button can also be used to launch Google Lens. Press the button twice and you’ll get Google Lens, which lets you point your camera at objects like landmarks, pets, books, and more to get more information about them.

When it comes to hardware specs, the LG G7 ThinQ has a 6.1-inch 3120×1440 display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. LG says it can reach a brightness of 1,000 nits, which should help you view the screen in direct sunlight.

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Also of note is that the LG G7 ThinQ does have a display notch. LG calls it the “New Second Screen”, and you can customize it by expanding it to have minimal bezels or change the status bar to another color to make it more personal. If you’re not feeling the notch, you can hide it by blacking out the status bar.

LG is including some special audio features with the G7 ThinQ, like a Boombox Speaker that uses the internal space of the phone as a resonance chamber to offer double the bass of typical phones. There’s also DTS:X technology to give you virtual 3D sound for all content as well as a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for improved sound when you’re using high-impedance headphones.

The LG G7 ThinQ boasts a dual rear camera setup with one 16MP standard camera with f/1.6 aperture and one 16MP wide angle camera with f/1.9 aperture. Below those cameras is a fingerprint reader, and around front is an 8MP wide angle f/1.9 camera.

Inside the LG G7 ThinQ’s body, which is IP68-rated for dust and water resistance, there’s a Snapdragon 845 processor and 3000mAh battery. There are two versions of the G7 ThinQ, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but both include a microSD card slot. Both models also include USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

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T-Mobile has said that it’ll launch the LG G7 ThinQ “later this spring”. No other launch or pricing details have been given by T-Mo, but Sprint and U.S. Cellular have said that they’re launching the G7 ThinQ on June 1 and Verizon is opening pre-orders on May 24, so it’s possible that T-Mobile’s launch will happen around that same time.

Also of note is that T-Mobile has confirmed that the LG G7 ThinQ will include 600MHz support.

Sources: LG, T-Mobile

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  • Acdc1a

    Stupid notch…

    • Sayahh

      I concur. F the notch.

    • Gardo

      Yep, ugly as hell.

  • Bklynman

    Even those it has 4 different colors,tmo,will more than likely only offer the silver/black one like they did with the V30.

  • PiCASSiMO

    Price it right, and this phone will do well.

    MSRP should be no more than $600 for his G7.

    • g2a5b0e

      They just started pre-orders for the V30S ThinQ last week for $930 & that features last year’s processor. I agree with what you’re saying, but it won’t happen.

      • dtam

        G series is a little less expensive, but I’m expecting $799. I’m just going to wait until the middle of a production run to get a phone…unless they have a BOGO where you don’t need to open a new line and don’t need ONE

      • PiCASSiMO

        There was a time when flagship phones cost $650 unlocked.

        Then Apple introduced their plus model for $100 more, bringing the price to $750.

        Then Apple introduced the X, for $1,000.

        But these phones are not worth their $700+ asking price.

        The current V30 is selling for $700. The $930 B&H price of the V30S is insane expensive.

    • Iphart

      I think price will be $750-900 and T-Mobile will not have BOGO as nobody will be interested in that.
      They will have BOG4, and then maybe some folks will be interested.

      • SirStephenH

        They’ll have a BOGO eventually, they always do with flagships. Good luck getting BOGO without a new line now and days though.

  • KOLIO

    An easy pass:
    The US gets the shaft once again w/the lesser RAM & Storage option.
    Will likely be limited to one color option.

    In all likelyhood any unlocked/int’l models that have the added RAM/Storage options will lack some/all US Carrier bands & be bootloader unlocked.

    If LG made one unified phone & sold it in all markets,they’d have an easier sell.

    By the time they might have a G7+ or,some other ridiculous offshoot,no one will care & already be looking forward to next year’s offerings.

    • riverhorse

      Re lesser…that’s usually the case AnD what was announced… But, I’m inferring from this article that tmo carrying both sizes ?
      Otherwise you’re absolutely correct, and the price for 4/64 ain’t gonna be substantially lower
      Too bad… All Specs look absolutely perfect barring two – no IR, and possibly battery life.

      • HeatFan786

        IR isn’t going to be in most mainstream brand flagships. The feature wasn’t used so often and the companies moved it.

        • The One

          Agreed – there is never a scenario where an IR blaster on a phone makes any real sense. If you have a device that is controlled via IR, then you probably already have a remote. And that remote probably can be used instantly without turning on a screen and navigating to the controller app.

          It’s a minor novelty if wanting to change the tv station in a doctor’s waiting room, but other than that, PASS!

        • marque2

          It isn’t IR but I use my Roku remote app all the time. It somehowsworks over WiFi. I wish there was an app for the TV. I guess I didn’t buy one because I didn’t know the feature existed.

        • Aaron A.

          If you have Samsung Smart Tv you can download Smart View App you can control your Tv/play media using your smart phone. android or IOS.

      • SirStephenH

        Yeah, I hate that they removed IR from the V30 as well. It was really nice not having to worry about the dozen or so remotes around the house. Life is more frustrating without it.

        • Chloe

          First world problems… SMH

  • The One

    Another Notched iPhone X clone…

    *YAWNS then clicks on another link*

    • SirStephenH

      The LG V10 and V20 had a notch before Apple made it “cool”.

      • The One

        I would hardly call their second screen display a “notch”. The Essential phone was the first widely available phone with a notch and it was done with minimal impact to the screen real estate. Apple’s version is the worst version of a notch and every major android manufacturer is tripping over themselves to copy it in some way. It makes no sense! Every time Apple does something stupid (remove headphone jack, thin flat phones that are uncomfortable to hold, notches, etc) Android OEM’s copy it.

        • Frankenstu

          Fact failure. V10 was first.

        • MastarPete

          doesn’t matter what you call it, the V10 was still the first phone to expand on available screen space by using a non-traditional screen shape.

        • Chloe

          Clearly you dont understand Apples reasoning

  • Jay Campbell

    Is there no creativity left? Has logic failed? The phone market is saturated with expensive copycats relying on marketing to sell an “idea of a device” while they all have similar features and expensive price tags. To make it worse, US versions don’t get the better specs until 6 months later, or they give the north American market a new color and marketing scheme with an inflated price for a phone already available elsewhere and earlier.

    It takes days of research just to figure out what all the different model numbers mean, and the consumer is left confused and frustrated. What ever happened to having a low end, mid-range, flagship, and luxury line or special edition – then supporting those phones with patches and updates caring for your customer base so they keep coming back?

    Where are all the design choices? Everything looks the same, everything is made in the same place, and every company offers similar specs with their logo on it from a factory in China.

    Package up a good phone with good specs that meets the band requirements for a location, include the ability to order a nice case with the phone, get rid of the bloat ware, stop shrouding the phone in glass that breaks easy – a glass display is good enough – then spend some money on creative design so you have to spend less on marketing.

    Then when you unveil a product… start selling it!

    • SirStephenH

      There’s not that can be done but keep up with the latest technologies and improve upon what came before. What else can you do but try to cram in the best screen, processor, cameras, RAM, storage, battery you can into the smallest space possible? There’s not a whole lot of room for innovation in something people are expecting to be able to keep in their pocket and use all day.

      The G7 is their first phone to launch with ThinQ so that in itself is something.

  • Kevin

    whats up with the notches nowadays? it seems like all the phone companies are obsessed with those

  • V2THE1

    I will absolutely never ever by a phone with a notch. EVER!!!

    • Chloe

      Better baby the one you have

  • marque2

    I don’t care as much about the notch as I do their lack of quality. Three busted 5x’s and a 6g that could rarely locate GPS and noone could hear me talk with a screen that spontaneously broke. I have given up on them.

    • Chloe

      That was a long time ago

      • marque2

        My G6 is the current model until this 7 comes out. 5x was from the year before, And if you read, G4, G5 also had this issue with the boot loop So they have had consistent problems with their top end phone for 4 years now? Don’t hold your breath that G7 will be any better quality than G6.

        LG does make really good cheapo phones however. I got an Arista for $120 bucks and was incredibly impressed at the features and it never had issues with GPS/ or bootloop, or sounding bad.

  • David Davis

    I’m notch buying this phone.

  • Nionx

    If it wasn’t for the audio capabilities this phone would be completely dead to me. I hate the notch, hidden or not and nothing else on the device really peaks my interest. But at least now I’ll give it a gander because I really want to hear this resonance chamber. Compare it to me Razer Phone. Once that’s done it’ll be relegated to trash with all the other nonsensical notched devices. LG, you better not put an unnecessary notch on the next V series. Don’t mess with my favorite line. Keep the resonance chamber, add dual stereo speakers, headphone jack, 32bitbit DAC or higher, OLED panel, 120hz refresh rate, 4000mA removable battery and do what you do with the camera set-up.

  • 312 City

    Pure garbage!

  • Jerry Rich

    It’s been spring for almost 2 months, maybe spring of 2019!

  • CJNewYork

    Pretty disapponting LG. The “notch” isn’t a feature.

  • Philip

    I like this thing. Almost have this iphone thing at the top. Will give the S9 run for the money. I wonder which is better between the two.

  • Chloe

    None of those is valid points. Let us know when you develop a device