|Launch Date||August 10, 2018 (Official)|
|Model||G7 Plus ThinQ|
|Operating System||Android v8.0 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Platinum Grey, Aurora Black|
|Screen Size||6.1 inches (15.49 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||1440 x 3120 pixels|
|Pixel Density||563 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass v5|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||82.74 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Processor||Octa core (2.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 385 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 385)|
|Internal Memory||128 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 110 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||8 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation||yes|
|Image Resolution||4616 x 3464 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||8 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||3840x2160 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
LG has set new records in the way we define a flagship phone. G7 Plus ThinQ is a near flagship phone without a hefty price tag on its head. For Rs 40,000 the phone is packed with top-class hardware specifications that is very much a part of an expensive phone these days. This phone has the ability to beat OnePlus 6 which currently rules the market for being flagship phone in mid-range price. LG is yet to make its mark in the smartphone market like Chinese brands in India. G7 Plus ThinQ has the right potentials to win our hearts. If you are looking for a good premium experience, then this phone will impress you most of the time.
LG launched G7+ ThinQ quietly in India and it raises curiosity about its marketing goals, this is not just an entry level phone but a near flagship one with quite a drama of its own. G7+ ThinQ is available on Flipkart for a price of Rs 40,000. It is available in two colors, Black and Platinum. LG has gone completely for flagship specs, super-bright display and amazing speaker sound for G7+ ThinQ. It gives you flagship phone experience without a making a hole in your pocket unlike Samsung Galaxy S9, or Google Pixel 2XL and for that matter iPhone X. It is priced a little above OnePlus 6, but mostly justifies its price tag. G7+ ThinQ is not a perfect phone, it has its flaws, just like many others but it will hardly disappoint you for the price you pay. LG has perpetual issues with software updates, not so good OS skin and durability. G7+ ThinQ is designed to be a durable phone and this time you get near to Android experience and LG does not shove its software updates if you do not want to. LG has released quite a bunch of G7 phones and it seems it has reached a certain finesse with this handset. All the other G7 handsets have issues of their own which inhibits LG from competing fair and square with other names. G7+ ThinQ seem to outdo all its past taints and emerges as a good promise of flagship phones from LG.
LG has rooted for flagship specs for G7+ ThinQ and so, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor with Adreno 630 GPU coupled with 6GB RAM. The 128GB internal memory space is mostly enough but you have the dedicated microSD card slot option to extend the memory till 2TB if you choose to. The all-glass body is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both ends.
Also, the phone is shockproof and even if you drop, LG vouches it will remain in one piece without any disruption in performance. The body is a sleek and smooth shiny surface with no hints of streaked light. It is either a pure black or platinum color. The phone has a dimension of 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm and is an amazingly lightweight body of 162 grams. Though the phone feels big, it sits lightly on your hand and is easily operable with your thumb. The near to edge bezel has round curves, and yes, it has a notch. You can get rid of that and enable a black band which is quite black and does not feel faux on the screen even if you look closer. The glossy back has the camera lens place in the center in a vertical format with the fingerprint sensor below. The left edge of the phone has the volume button and AI button. This button helps you summon the Google Assistant, unlike Samsung’s Bixby button. You can find yourself accidentally turning on Google Assistant if you end up mistakenly pressing the left button. You have the option to disable this, which is a very good option from LG. On the right is the power button.
LG has adopted its G6 design in this phone with more curves and elegance. The phone also stands apart for having an IP68 rating, which is only available in high-end flagship phones. Also, it has got MIL-STD810G, which is the hallmark for durability to withstand height. But LG still could have packed a case because it is a glass body and if nothing else, it is oleophobic.
The phone also has NFC support. It has dual-sim option with 4G LTE and VoLTE and is compatible with any GSM service provider. It supports Wi-Fi at 2.4 and 5 GHz and Bluetooth 5.0.
LG has done some major work in ramping up the display of G7 Plus ThinQ. After taking cue from not so nice POLED display of its V30 Plus, LG has gone onto bestowing 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage, including support for Dolby Vision and HDR10. These are exclusively flagship features which comes with pricey tags but not for this handset. The specification gives you the premium benefit of streaming HDR videos into your phone.
Coming back to the display, the phone has a 6.1inch IPS LCD display with screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels at 564 pixels per inch. That is quite a number for a mid-range phone and LG truly surprises us. Yes, the display is great, super bright, sharp and beautiful with great color saturation. LG claims the display can be revved up to 1000nits, but it only happens when you are watching HDR content. When you are out during the day the display goes up to 825 lux which is necessary for ease of use in bright daylight. This goes down to 3 lux during night and when you are indoors.
The screen ratio for G7+ ThinQ is 19.5:9 and it is undoubtedly great for video watching and playing games. Watching HDR videos in this handset is a wonderful experience and the sound is loud and crisp. LG has done quite well in designing its screen experience and the won’t fail you if you are looking for premium display in sub-40K budget.
The G7 Plus ThinQ is fueled by 3,000 Li-ion mAh battery and it sounds too less for a phone of this kind. But it will surprise you. The battery is good enough to let you run through the day with single charge and with moderate use you can well get through a day and half. The handset takes a little over two hours to charge from flat when you plug it into your laptop and according to experience this is quite some time but that is just nit-picking. You can always fast charge the phone with Quick Charge 3.0 and it takes around 75 minutes to charge fully and 25 minutes to charge 50%. It is one of the best features of this phone and value for money. It has a good battery life and with extended use there is no problem of running out fast. Making and accepting calls is smooth with clear and loud voice quality. It has solid noise cancellation and having conversations in loud environments is not much of a problem.
The sound experience of this phone needs special mention and it is called Boombox Speaker. It is a tried and tested technology from LG which has the ability to turn your phone back into a woofer and the bass experience amplifies when you place it on a hollow wood surface. The sound is pretty loud with nice bass and mids and treble effects. You do not get this experience in many phones and LG definitely stands out for its Boombox Speaker.
The hardware has the ability to ensure a seamless software performance. The phone can handle basic operations including call, email, browsing, social networking, maps and messages. Graphics intensive games like PUBG, Asphalt 9, and Riptide GP2 plays really well with quality and delivers an engaging outcome with no heating issues even after playing for hours. The phone has good touch response and gyroscope. The appearance is sharp and intense as well as there is no lag time while playing these games and the phone runs smooth.
LG G7 Plus ThinQ comes with dual cameras that have standard-angle and super-wide-angle lenses. Both the lenses are endowed with 16MP resolution and the standard-angle lens offers f/1.6 aperture, while the super-wide-angle lens has f/1.9 aperture. The former lens also comes with Optical Image Stabilization. LG has hit the main points of designing a nifty camera with tons of features to explore.
The auto-mode of the camera has LG’s ThinQ AI doing its own scene selections and color corrections according to surrounding light. There are features like slow motion video, portrait mode and HDR mode. The selfie camera has 8MP lens with auto HDR mode and an artificial intelligence powered beauty mode. The rear camera too has similar options with a scene selection mode and custom lighting effects.
G7 Plus ThinQ takes amazing, punchy and beautiful shots almost in any weather conditions during day time. The bokeh effect is one of the best and there is true gradient and color saturation between foreground and background. Scene modes are selected automatically, almost every time and you have little power to alter it, but it works almost every time. The AI powered beauty mode is not tacky and does an honest job of enhancing your facial features, including eye size, complexion and tones. But sometimes the camera surprises you with mixed bag of results in Auto Mode. Even in good lighting pictures often lack clarity and the right mix of colors. Perhaps something in the camera algorithms need fixing up for this handset.
The best thing about the camera of this handset that it allows you to take RAW pictures which is something you only get in DSLR cameras. The slow-motion videos shot in 720p at 240fps, or at 120 fps are good.
Overall the camera does an excellent job most of the time when you are shooting in Pro Mode.
Software has never been LG’s strong forte but this time it pulled the show neatly. G7 Plus ThinQ comes with Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box and is likely to get an upgrade to Android Pie but LG has not talked about that yet. The Android is heavily laid with LG’s own UX and is customizable to a large extent. If you are fan of customization and love to play around with new software tweaks the overall experience of this phone will not disappoint you. LG has spent quite some years perfecting its OS since the days of V10. It has reached a favorable position now and comes with its own features. The software has a floating display of its menu which is neatly regimented into Network, Sound, Display and General. The reason being all the customization that you can do in each segment. If you are a newbie the whole thing might just overwhelm you and put you off. The simple thing is LG’s navigation system has its own grammar and you have to start from scratch if you buy this phone, or for that matter any LG phone. LG has been kind enough to make this whole navigation task easier for you with the helpful Search option at the top and also suggestions at the bottom to help you glide.
LG is rather irregular with OTA updates and we do not know if you get an upgrade to Android Pie how that is going to shake hands with LG’s UI and upgrades. But for now, the phone seems pretty good in terms of software performance and usage.