LG’s newest flagship phone has powerful Boombox sound, a big beautiful screen, and uses machine learning to help you take better pictures
At a Glance
1. Dual-lens intelligent camera recognizes subjects and scenes | 2. Boombox Speaker dispenses double the bass of conventional phones | 3. Super Bright Camera mode boosts low-light photography| 4. Super Bright display delivers 1,000 nit | 5. Dedicated Google Assistant button
LG’s latest flagship phone has something for everyone. Its dual-lens smart camera – which automatically recognizes subjects – will undoubtedly appeal to serious shutterbugs, while its powerful Boombox Speaker – capable of delivering twice the bass of traditional smartphone speakers – ought to gratify audiophiles. A dedicated Google Assistant button and superior voice-recognition technology are designed to please those who’ve come to rely on helpful chats with Google, and a bigger QHD+ display with industry leading brightness will charm the most discerning screen enthusiast. Add in a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor and you’ve got just about everything you might reasonably ask for in a luxury smartphone.
Hands-on with the LG G7
First Look and Hands-on with the LG G7 ThinQ
A brilliant dual lens AI camera, thumping Boombox Speakers for great sound, and quicker access to Google Assistant help put LG’s new flagship phone in a class by itself. CityNews and Breakfast Television Calgary’s technology reporter Mike Yawney was in New York covering the LG G7 ThinQ’s official launch. Check out the video for his hands-on with the device.
Better photography through artificial intelligence
Most of us aren’t brilliant photographers. Luckily for us, the G7 ThinQ’s dual-lens shooter – equipped with both a standard 80-degree lens and a 107-degree wide angle lens – makes a lot of smart decisions for us. It relies on machine learning to recognize your subject, be it a person, an animal or a plate of food, then automatically adjusts key settings to ensure you snap the best possible picture. Its genius reveals itself in low light situations, too, using LG’s Super Bright Camera technology to automatically merge pixels and create larger and more sensitive light receptors, resulting in clearer, brighter photos without the graininess. Other added features include Live Photo mode that captures a second before and after you take the shot; Stickers for adding fun 2D and 3D animated overlays; and new to the G series devices, Portrait Mode.
There’s only so much oomph you can get from a tiny speaker, but LG’s engineers have come up with an ingenious way to boost the G7 ThinQ’s sound output using the phone’s internal space as a resonance chamber, resulting in twice the bass of a standard smartphone. Better still, when placed on certain surfaces – such as a wooden table – the effect is amplified. Factor in support for DTS:X – a virtual 3D sound technology that delivers 7.1 channel surround sound when using headphones – and the G7 ThinQ’s audio package is as comprehensive as you’ll find in a phone.
A brighter screen for sunnier days
There’s little denying the G7 ThinQ’s 6.1-inch QHD+ display is a looker. A pixel density of 564 ppi means images are crystal clear. More than that, LG’s Super Bright Display technology makes sure you can see those images even on bright and sunny days, thanks to industry-leading 1,000-nit brightness, which automatically switches on in bright environments (and also switches off after a few minutes to conserve battery life and prevent overheating). And while the trendy sensor notch at the top of the display adds valuable screen real estate, if you decide there are times when you’d rather not see it, you can black out the areas to the left and right for a more traditional bezel appearance.
Access Google Assistant more easily
Realizing that even more of us are coming to rely on our digital helpers, LG’s designers placed a dedicated Google Assistant button just below the audio control on the G7 ThinQ’s side. Tap it to launch Google Assistant or hold it down and start talking. You can also access Google Assistant sans hands up to five metres away, thanks to something called Super Far Field Voice Recognition (SFFVR), an incredibly sensitive microphone capable of distinguishing your commands from background noises.
Display: 6.1-inch QHD+ (3120x1440) FullVision Super Bright Display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Rear Camera: Dual 16-MP lenses: one standard 71-degree + one 107-degree Super Wide Angle
Front Camera: 8-MP 80-degree camera
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with 64-bit 2.8 GHz octa-core processor, 4 GB of RAM
Storage: 64 GB, expandable up to 2 TB via MicroSD
Security: Face recognition plus fingerprint reader
Durability: IP68-certification (dust resistant; water resistant up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes)
Pre-orders for the LG G7 ThinQ begin May 18.
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