LG G7 ThinQ review: A worthy S9 rival with a notch

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When it comes to Android flagships, Samsung is king of the hill. According to a recent IDC report, Samsung is the No. 1 Android brand in the world, with Huawei and Xiaomi close behind. Nowhere on that top-five list is LG, which might seem surprising. After all, with solid feature sets and good-looking designs, the V30 and last year’s G6 aren’t too shabby. LG even had a little bit of help from Google along the way; the G6 was the first non-Pixel phone with Google Assistant, the V20 was the first new phone to ship with Nougat, and the V30S ThinQ was the first with device-specific Google Assistant commands.

The G7, then, is a sign that LG isn’t giving up. Instead, it’s doubling down, with features like a more powerful AI camera, a super-loud speaker and LG’s brightest display on a smartphone. And, like its predecessors, the G7 features a handy Google trick in the form of a dedicated Google Assistant button — a first on an Android phone. It all adds up to a pretty compelling handset that theoretically should please most Android fans — maybe even those looking for a Samsung alternative.

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