LG G7 ThinQ Rumors: Release Date, AI Features, Specs
LG’s G6 was a giant step forward for the electronics giant. Unfortunately for the company, the phone’s extra-wide display was quickly overshadowed by similar-looking phones with more cutting-edge features, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S8.
LG learned its lesson. The company’s long-rumored G7 didn’t take center stage at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this past February, in order to avoid direct comparisons with Samsung’s Galaxy S9. Instead, LG seems to be moving away from a strategy of annual phone updates in favor of introducing new models when there are enough noteworthy changes.
The LG G7 ThinQ may come in five colors. (Credit: Android Headlines)
The LG G7 ThinQ may come in five colors. (Credit: Android Headlines)So, what’s new with LG’s next phone? We should find out in less than a month, now that the company has confirmed a press event at which it will unveil its latest device. Rumor has it that the G7 will take design cues from Apple’s iPhone X.
New Leaked Image: We’ve gotten our best look yet at the G7 ThinQ, and it comes via serial leaker Evan Blass. The image posted on Twitter seems to confirm many of the rumors we’ve heard about LG’s next phone, including the presence of a notch at the top of the display.
What does “ThinQ” stand for?
LG is staying true to its smartphone naming system, so the G6’s successor will appropriately be called the G7. But LG is also bringing its ThinQ label to the phone, making its full name the LG G7 ThinQ. (That’s pronounced “think,” not “thin Q,” despite the questionable capitalization.)
LG uses the ThinQ brand across a range of devices, specifically its line of SmartThinQ appliances, such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers. Those appliances are app-controlled and work with digital assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant.
The AI-powered camera on LG’s V30S ThinQ (Credit:Tom’s Guide)
The AI-powered camera on LG’s V30S ThinQ (Credit:Tom’s Guide)In a statement, LG said it promises to deliver new AI features in the G7, including voice-activated tools and new camera features designed to make this flagship easier to use. The company says the LG G7 ThinQ will also work with other devices, including its own appliances and TVs.
In addition to confirming the name of its new phone via a statement, LG revealed when you can expect to see the G7 ThinQ. The company plans to take the wraps off the G7 ThinQ on May 2 at an event in New York.
The announcement is light on details about the device, but it does allude to the G7’s artificial-intelligence features. According to a translated version of the statement, the company will bring both the ThinQ branding and the AI features of the V30S ThinQ to the G7. (Announced at MWC, the LG V30S ThinQ is a variation of last year’s LG V30, with AI-powered cameras added to the mix.)
The design of Apple’s iPhone X, which features an almost-bezel-free display with a notch cutout for the front-facing camera and speaker, was roundly mocked in many circles. Now, the controversial design decision is coming to Android phones, and LG is one smartphone maker rumored to be embracing the notch.
The G6 had ultrathin bezels compared to most phones on the market when it launched last spring, but the G7’s display will reportedly be almost completely bezel-free. Not a fan of notches? LG will reportedly include a software feature to disguise the notch in an effort to appeal to both fans and haters of the look.
Software may let you hide the G7’s notch. (Credit: TechRadar)
Software may let you hide the G7’s notch. (Credit: TechRadar)The G7 will look similar to the iPhone X, if leaked photos published on TechRadar prove accurate. The device will reportedly feature a 6.1-inch display, which is larger than the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch panel.
LG G7 Render
According to renderings acquired by Android Headlines, the G7 will come in five colors: Aurora Black, Platinum Grey, a glossy Moroccan Blue, a matte Moroccan Blue and Raspberry Rose. The ultrathin bezels surrounding the display will be black.
Like LG’s G5 and G6, the G7 will sport a dual-lens camera. According to leaked specs obtained by Android Headlines, the G7 will feature a regular 16-megapixel lens and a secondary wide-angle 16-MP camera. A software-based portrait mode, which you can toggle on after taking a photo to blur the background and bring the subject into focus, will apply to both rear-facing photos and selfies.
LG is also putting artificial intelligence in the G7’s camera. The phone’s camera app will feature four enhanced filters that optimize the color, saturation and contrast depending on the scene you’re shooting. According to Android Headlines, the camera will also detect the brightness outside and either adjust the exposure automatically or advise a user to tweak the settings.
The G7’s camera smarts will extend to a “bright mode,” which will identify when a room is dark and combine pixels to form what LG calls a “superpixel.” According to the leaked specs published by Android Headlines, the G7 will shoot images that are four times brighter than the G6.
The G7 will also be able to shoot live photos similar to later-model iPhones. This feature captures the action both before and after you tap the shutter button.
LG is putting a powerful speaker in the G7. The company calls it a “boombox speaker” in leaked specs obtained by Android Headlines. Essentially, the phone will be loud and heavy on the bass. The phone also has far-field voice recognition for detecting voice commands from 17 feet away.
LG is emphasizing artificial intelligence in its 2018 lineup, starting with the V30S ThinQ, which has a voice-activated assistant and a smart camera that can detect what the subject of the photo is. Those features are expected to carry over to the G7 ThinQ.
Leaked photos of the device obtained by TechRadar clearly show a button on the left that may be dedicated to the new assistant, similar to Samsung’s Bixby button on its recent Galaxy phones.
LG G7 ThinQ Specs
The G7 ThinQ is expected to take aim at Samsung’s Galaxy S9 with competitive performance, matching the smaller S9 spec for spec: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (which is expected to be expandable with a microSD card) and a 3,000-mAh battery.
Those solid internals might not impress buyers who want more power, as the OnePlus 6, slated to arrive before June, will feature up to 8GB of RAM, according to OnePlus. The Galaxy Note 9 and Google’s Pixel 3 are also on the horizon for later this year, and both devices will presumably pack in cutting-edge components.
Leaked renderings of the G7 show a device with glass on both the front and the back, indicating that LG will support wireless charging.
It’s unclear whether LG’s new phone will rival the Galaxy S9 or iPhone X with a price closer to $1,000 than LG’s past G-series phones. The G6 was $729 at launch. Rumor has it that the G7 will cost more.