The LG G7 ThinQ (or LG G7) was originally rumoured to come out at MWC 2018, the tech event that takes place in Barcelona each year in late-February. However, the phone was delayed due to a rumoured lack-lustre design.
It has now been confirmed to be announced in New York on 2 May, but what should you expect to see on LG’s latest flagship phone? In this article, we summarise everything you need to know about the upcoming smartphone.
LG G7 vs LG G7 ThinQ: What will LG’s flagship be called?
Original rumours suggested LG would drop the ‘G’ in its naming structure. However, it seems that these rumours have come full circle, as now rumoured (by Evan Blass on Twitter) that we’ll see the LG G7 ThinQ used instead. The renowned tipster suggests the change will take place this year.
For those who aren’t aware, ThinQ is the term the South Korean manufacturer uses for its AI-based products.
*** Note : £1 = $1.42 (correct at time of post)
LG G7 ThinQ UK price: How much will the LG G7 cost?
High-end smartphones are packing ever-increasing RRPs. The LG G6 launched at £650, and Samsung Galaxy S8 at £680. Since these have dropped in price to around £370 and £520 respectively. Following on from Apple’s event on 12 September, with the iPhone 8 starting at £699, iPhone 8 Plus from £799, and iPhone X at a ridiculously high £999, smartphone prices are on a hike.
We’d take a stab at the LG G7 sitting anywhere between £600-800. We’ll update this article as more is known about the LG G7.
LG G7 ThinQ UK release date: When will the LG G7 come out?
Pushed back from a February 2018 release date due to Jo Seong-jin, Vice Chairman and CEO of LG Electronics wanting a full redesign of the phone – the smartphone’s launch was pushed back. The news came from ETNews, but now we have official confirmation from LG – the phone will be announced in New York on 2 May 2018.
^ Pictured: LG V30 display
LG G7 ThinQ connectivity rumours
The big news for the rumoured LG G7 handset – and we’re pretty sceptical about this – is that it will reportedly have 5G functionality. That’s right, the LG G7 is said to bolster 5G modems, meaning the potential for superfast data speeds should linger inside LG’s next flagship.
This report comes from Business Korea and goes as far to suggest 5G might be the unique selling point for the LG G7 when it launches. However, 5G is still very much a work in progress so this won’t mean much yet in the UK as we won’t have the infrastructure in place.
The same report also sheds light on the Samsung’s Galaxy S9. Business Korea says the Samsung Galaxy S9 will similarly pack 5G connectivity, indicating the two South Korean companies will go head-to-head in this department.
Business Korea’s claim is a little more thought out, stating that the 5G specs mean it will contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
LG G7 ThinQ camera rumours
Smartphone cameras are handy for taking high-quality snaps. A lot of competition has grown in the market for the best smartphone camera, especially after the Google Pixel (and Pixel 2) took things to another level with its post-processing capabilities.
The LG G7 is rumoured to come with dual 16 + 16-megapixel cameras that have a f/1.5 aperture. We expect a slight bump in specs over the LG V30 (below), with more pixels and a better aperture.
^ Pictured: LG V30 camera
With the improvements of the Snapdragon 845 processor, come better camera capabilities. The Spectra 280, a new image signal processor supports faster 60fps at up to 16-megapixels, which means any phone with an 845 processor should perform better under low-light conditions.
There are rumours that indicate the G7 will feature an iris sensor – a feature Samsung has included in its Galaxy S8 already. LG has yet to include any other biometric parameters other than its fingerprint sensor, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see these patents come to life in the upcoming G7.
LG G7 ThinQ performance rumours
There’s not much information regarding the LG G7’s power, but we’ve done some crawling on the web and can bring you a few predictions about the sort of processor the LG G7 will have.
We presume it’ll run on Qualcomm’s latest chip. At the time of writing that’s the recently announced Snapdragon 845. The 845 brings a faster performance, better efficiency and better graphics capabilities over the 835. We will also likely see the G7 running on Android 8 Oreo, as the new operating system was announced in mid-2017.
Given the LG V30 ships with 64GB of internal memory and a slot to expand memory to 256GB – we see the LG G7 supporting the same storage capabilities.
LG G7 ThinQ design and display rumours
Some suggest the LG G7 could be the rumoured LG folding phone whose plans have appeared online. Chances are, this late in the day, it won’t be – but people do love to speculate.
There are signs, however, that the upcoming flagship LG phone will feature an iPhone X-like notch display. This comes after the G7 was supposedly seen at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), and renders by Ben Geskin (Techno Buffalo) have appeared online, and by Mr. Phone, too. According to GSMA, the phone will have an M+ LCD that uses an RGBW, which ‘promises to cut power use by 35%’. It’s also likely to be HDR-compliant.
We’re likely to see facial recognition unlocking capabilities with its front-facing camera (or Iris scanner). Oh and that 3.5mm headphone jack is rumoured to stay, too.