LG recently announced the new LG G7 ThinQ with high-end specs and a lot to offer. A phone that will rival Samsung, Google, and Apple. With the G7 coming soon, here’s what to expect and if it’s worth waiting for. We’ll go over everything we know, and how it’ll potentially compare to the Pixel 3 XL later this year.
If you’re hunting for your next smartphone LG’s G7 should be near the top of your list. Mainly because it has a few things most phones don’t. Including a dedicated Google Assistant button, a wide-angle camera lens, and a built-in Quad DAC for improved audio.
LG’s latest also delivers a big 6.1-inch Quad-HD display with almost no bezels. It’s like a mix between the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9+. Only with LG’s fine-tuning, AI smarts and other fancy features. It’ll give Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 XL a run for its money.
While there are several excellent Android phones available now or coming soon, the LG G7 arrives on June 1st. Making it one of the best options available here in 2018, and moving forward. If you don’t want a Samsung, LG and Google are two of your next best options.
We know a new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are coming soon from Google, we’re just not sure how soon. Most likely the search giant will unveil new phones in September or October. However, with the Note 9 release coming early, Google might release it’s flagship phones earlier too. Making the wait for the Pixel 3 easier for some.
So, if you don’t need a phone right this moment and will potentially wait for the G7, Note 9, or the Pixel 3, this post is for you. We’ll go over everything we know so far about Google’s upcoming phone, and all the latest Pixel 3 XL rumors. Then compare it to the LG G7 ThinQ.
LG G7 vs Pixel 3 XL: Display
When it comes to buying a smartphone, the screen size is one of the most important factors. The problem though is the Pixel 3 XL isn’t official yet and is only a rumor. Still, we have a good idea of what to expect. Everything in this post about the Pixel 3 is speculation.
With the LG G7 ThinQ you’ll get an LCD display, not an AMOLED. Coming in at 6.1-inch 3120 x 1440 Quad-HD. It’s tall and skinny like the Galaxy S9 or Pixel 2 XL. In fact, they’re very similar in overall shape.
As for the Pixel 3, we’re not sure yet. That said, expect Google to release two sizes again, with the bigger Pixel 3 XL coming in around 6-inches. We could see an even bigger screen, to better compete with the Galaxy S9+, the iPhone 10 Plus (or 9 Plus) and the rest of the competition.
I’m guessing Google will stick to 6-inches, and use a screen made by LG. If not the exact same screen as the LG G7. They used the LG V30 screen in the Pixel 2 XL in 2017.
And while we don’t know what’s going to happen yet, we do know that the LG G7 has a notch like the iPhone X. We’re not sure if Google will follow the same trend, but it’s doubtful. If you’re ok with the notch try the LG G7. If not, wait to see what the Galaxy Note 9 and Pixel 3 XL have to offer.
LG G7 vs Pixel 3 XL: Specs
Another important part of any buyers decision is the specs of a phone. Whether or not it’s fast, capable, and powerful. Being a high-end flagship device, these are likely to of the best phones of 2018.
And while the Pixel 3 isn’t official yet, we already know what Google will offer. That’s because they only have a few options in terms of specs, features, and other aspects of a smartphone. We could see a few surprises, but that’s doubtful. Here’s what you’ll get from the LG G7 ThinQ, and what you’ll likely get if you wait for the Pixel 3 XL.
LG G7 Specs
- 6.1-inch 3120 x 1440 Quad-HD Full-Vision LCD Display
- 8-Core Snapdragon 845 Processor with 4GB of RAM (same as Galaxy S9)
- 64GB storage with microSD expansion
- Android 8.0 Oreo with LG UI and AI 2.0
- 16-Megapixel f/1.6 main camera, 16 MP f/1.9 wide-angle lens
- 8-Megapixel front selfie camera
- Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Boombox Speaker, Google Assistant button, FM Radio
- 3,000 mAh battery with fast and wireless charging
- IP68 Water & dust resistant, USB Type-C
- Platinum Gray, Black, Blue, and Rasberry Rose Gold color options
Pixel 3 XL Specs (Speculation)
- 6-inch 2880 x 1440 Quad-HD OLED Display (2:1 aspect ratio)
- Snapdragon 845 Processor with 4-6GB of RAM
- 64/128GB storage options, no micro-SD slot
- Android 9.0 P
- 12.2 Megapixel Rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and OIS (Maybe dual cameras)
- 8MP front-facing camera
- Dual Front-Facing Stereo Speakers
- 3,600 mAh battery with Quick Charging
- IP68 Dust & Water-Resistance
- Google Assistant, Google Lens, more
- USB Type-C port, in-display fingerprint scanner
- No 3.5mm headphone jack, no wireless charging
Based on previous years the Pixel 3 XL will be a little better than phones from earlier in the year. We’re expecting something very similar to what’s detailed above. One thing to keep in mind is Google’s old Pixel 2 can already do more with 1 camera than most phones do with two. So Google might not even need a secondary lens to compete with the LG G7. If they do add a second camera system to the back, the phone could take even better photos.
We’re also expecting Google’s Pixel 3 XL to have more RAM, extra storage, a higher water-resistance rating and run the new Android P software.
Basically, if you want wireless charging and expandable storage, get the LG G7 and don’t wait for Google’s next phone. We seriously doubt it’ll have either.
LG G7 vs Pixel 3 XL: Cameras
Like we’ve seen for several years now, the LG G7 has three cameras. Two on the back and one front-facing camera. However, they offer a different feature than everyone else. Where Samsung and Apple are offering 2x zoom or portrait-mode photography, LG offers a wide-angle lens. Giving you the ability to capture more content in each photo. It’s something no other smartphone has.
You’ll enjoy two capable 16MP cameras on the LG G7 ThinQ. Along with an 8MP front-facing camera. LG has a fast f/1.6 aperture lens, then a second wide angle shooter. They also offer portrait photography on both the front and the back of the phone. Just like the iPhone X.
However, Google’s older Pixel 2 XL from 2017 can do all of those things and it does it with a single 12MP camera. You can’t take wide-angle shots, but it does everything else most high-end cameras do. In fact, Google’s Pixel 2 XL with a single camera received a higher review from independent tests than any other smartphone.
We don’t know what Google has planned for 2018 but expect another solid camera experience. If the camera is extremely important to you, wait for Google’s Pixel 3 XL.
LG G7 vs Pixel 3 XL: Release Date & Price
There are a lot of unknowns right now regarding Google’s next phone, but we know it’s coming. It’ll have a big screen, a great camera, lots of AI, and the Google Assistant built-in. Just like LG’s G7 has today. Whether or not you want to wait to see just how good that all is, is the question.
The LG G7 hits carrier shelves in the United States on June 1st. You’ll be able to get it from every carrier except AT&T. We’re assuming the price will be around $699, but they’ve yet to make a formal announcement. We’ll update once we know more.
Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL likely won’t get announced until September and released in October. That’s another 3-4 months away. If you can hold off throughout the summer to see what Google has planned, it’ll probably pay off. Just know that the LG G7 will cost less than anything Google delivers later this year. The Pixel 2 XL was almost $900.