LG has finally announced the G7 ThinQ, and as you can probably guess by the name, it boasts a ton of AI integration in an otherwise slightly upgraded package. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about any of the specs, but it does look like it could be one of the more interesting phones of the year anyway.
The G7 ThinQ sports a screen that covers most of the front of the device, and, yes, there’s a notch at the top. It’s a 6.1-inch 3120 x 1440 display that’s half an inch larger than the LG G6 without making the phone any wider, continuing the trend of very tall phones that work a bit better in one hand. It’s also packing a Snapdragon 845 with either 4/6GB of RAM, so you can expect excellent performance.
The design has been changed to a polished metal finish with glass on the front and back of the device, making for a really good looking (albeit boring) smartphone. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, IP68 water and dust resistance, and yep, there’s a headphone jack. LG is touting the phone’s audio experience thanks to a powerful DAC, support for Dolby True Surround and 7.1 audio, and unique Boombox Speakers that utilize an internal resonance chamber to beef up the bass of the G7 ThinQ. Like always, if you’re looking for a phone that takes your music seriously, LG has your back.
You’ll get a 16MP superwide camera on the back of the device with an upgraded 8MP front-facing camera, and that’s where we start to dig into the AI features of the phone.
There are 19 shooting modes for the G7 ThinQ, all powered by AI that can intelligently detect what you’re taking a photo of to get you in the perfect mode for the perfect shot. It even works when taking low light photos, which LG says are up to four times brighter than typical low light shots. Lastly, there’s a portrait mode to take professional looking photos with depth-of-field effects.
The AI will also help you out with your screen by detecting movies and games and adjusting the colors and power consumption, and Google Lens is integrated to help you analyze things like locations, business cards, calendar events, and more. LG says the G7 ThinQ will be one of the first devices to get new Google Lens features in the future, too.
There’s a button on the side of the device below the volume buttons that will call up the AI features for you, with a single press launching Google Assistant and a double press launching Google Lens. No proprietary LG AI here, fortunately.
So, bad news: LG didn’t really announce availability or pricing yet despite a compelling rumor dropping yesterday. South Korea will be the first to get the phone, followed by markets in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. You can expect a pre-order period later this month and the phone to roll out soon after. It’s kind of a tease, but at least the phone looks solid.