LG G7+ ThinQ review: High-end specs at an affordable price

LG G7+ ThinQ
LG G7+ ThinQ

When you talk about wide-angle lens on smartphones, you can never forget the company that already had a foot in it for years.

LG is the first that we know of to have a signature wide-angle lens on a number of their flagship models from the G series to the V series.

Its 2018 G series, LG G7+ ThinQ is no exception.

Besides the dual camera setup, there are still more to discuss regarding the LG G7+ ThinQ, which has been buried below recent smartphone launches.

Even after so many months since its released, we believe that it remained as one of the best smartphones in the market. Here’s why.

Look and feel

The LG G7+ ThinQ has a similar look as many of the current flagships. The key difference is that it has a smaller and a more palatable notch to the eye. You can also “hide” it by going into your New Second Screen settings to change the colour for your app corners i.e. left and right side of the notch.

Its body seemed to have inherited the same subtle curve as its predecessor, G6, which makes it incredibly nice to hold in the hands.

On the right side of the device, you will find nothing but the power button and while on the left side, besides the volume button, the LG G7+ ThinQ also has a dedicated button for the Google Assistant.

The G7+ ThinQ has a Full Vision QHD+ 6.1″ display on the front, with a 19.5:9 ratio. It’s a 564ppi, which should not give you problems looking at the screen under direct sunlight.

LG G7+ ThinQ - Back View

Hidden in its notch is an 8MP camera with an aperture of F1.9. On its back is a set of dual rear 16MP cameras where one has an aperture of F1.6 shooting at 71-degree angle and the other has an aperture of F1.9 shooting at 107-degree.

In short, that’s LG’s legendary wide-angle lens.

Camera

In this day and age, cameras are the key highlights of the smartphones. Needless to say, the same applies to the LG G7+ ThinQ but with new tricks like its AI CAM, which automatically detects the scene and optimises the best setting for the shot.

After the scene is detected, you can still adjust it with its preset complementary filters.

LG G7+ ThinQ with AI CAM
With AI CAM
LG G7+ ThinQ without AI CAM
Without AI CAM
LG G7+ ThinQ AI CAM
With AI CAM
LG G7+ ThinQ without AI CAM
Without AI CAM

Personally, I feel that the AI CAM did make the food look more delightful. As for the landscape, I prefer the one without the AI CAM, which made the shot looked more natural. In case you are wondering, it was taken with the wide-angle lens.

Here are two shots to show you how wide it gets.

Standard Lens LG G7+ ThinQ
Standard Lens LG G7+ ThinQ
Wide-angle Lens LG G7+ ThinQ
Wide-angle Lens LG G7+ ThinQ

The portrait mode has its good days and bad for the LG 2018 flagship device. But I do appreciate the accuracy of trimming out the outline of my frizzy hair and my new friend’s hat.

Portrait mode with my new friend on LG G7+ ThinQ
Portrait mode with my new friend

Low-light shots on the LG G7+ ThinQ are also boosted with its Super Bright Camera, which LG says that it brightens the dark up to four times brighter.

There’s no real way to determine this but I could see how well it worked at approximately 6.40 am, which is normally darker than this image.

Super Bright Camera with LG G7+ ThinQ
Super Bright Camera with LG G7+ ThinQ

Audio Quality

In the audio department, LG is one of the smartphone manufacturers that put in work to improve your experience listening to your music and movies.

Case in point, the LG G7+ ThinQ has:

  • a Boombox speaker for a loud and crisp entertainment experience without earphones (please don’t do that in public);
  • a DTS:X 3D Surround Sound that goes up to 7.1 channel; and
  • a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for excellent audio enjoyment on-the-go.

The Hi-Fi Quad DAC gave me additional joy in putting on my headphones every time I head out of the house. The bass and balance are on-point by default.

You can adjust it further to your liking with its custom equaliser.

Notables

The LG G7+ ThinQ has another two features that I appreciate.

https://youtu.be/LtqgJJK66AA
  1. A handy Google Assistant key where one press brings out the Assistant, two presses activate the Google Lens, and a long press lets you command your Assistant to perform a certain function. Google calls it Walkie Talkie
  2. The smartphone is water and dust-resistant with an IP reading of 68, which not a lot of smartphones have.

Conclusion

The LG G7+ ThinQ is an excellent smartphone with all the latest current specifications like Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of memory storage.

It has cameras that are comparable to many newer flagships, and it’s audio capability is something that sets it apart from the rest of the competition.

If you are in the market to get a high-end smartphone but don’t wish to splash the cash, the LG G7+ ThinQ is a gem waiting for you to discover.

You can still get yours at S$1,198.

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Mark Ko

Besides tech, I love chicken rice. Point me in the right direction and I'll go and try it. :)

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