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LG G7 ThinQ Now Official: Notch, Assistant Button, And Everything Else You Need To Know

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After months of leaks, LG finally makes its newest flagship official. The G7 ThinQ, successor to 2017's G6, touts a new design for the G series, bumped-up speakers, a brighter screen, and more.

At the top bezel of the phone is an iPhone X-style notch, but unlike on Apple's flagship, it can be hidden via software. In terms of form factor, the G7 ThinQ remains similar to its predecessor, with a few notable differences. The dual cameras are arranged vertically this time, for starters.

Camera Department

Speaking of cameras, the G7 ThinQ boasts artificial intelligence technology which the company says should allow the sensors to recognize different types of objects then promptly optimize the image through automatic contrast, saturation, and color adjustments. The device even vibrates when it recognizes an object. The Verge notes that the phone did indeed recognize flowers, but the difference in quality wasn't that notable.

Moreover, LG claims the G7 ThinQ's photos and videos are four times brighter than its predecessor, and there's even a bright mode users can toggle on under low-light conditions.

Audio Department

A big component of this phone is its audio. At a time when manufacturers largely brush off, if not completely ignore audio, LG does the opposite. As such, it's bringing over the 32-bit Quad DAC from the G6 and V series. This should provide clearer and higher-fidelity sound for wired headphones, and it's also why LG seems intent on keeping the headphone jack. The phone also supports DTS:X, marking the feature's first appearance on smartphones. It creates a virtual 7.1 channel audio.

There's more. As the rumors said, the G7 ThinQ does incorporate what LG calls as a Boombox Speaker, which lets the phone output incredibly loud sound — 39 percent louder than the G6, in fact. LG achieves this by using the inner space of the phone as an echo chamber.

Google Assistant

Like Samsung's recent flagships, the G7 ThinQ features a dedicated button that'll summon a virtual assistant. But instead of creating its own assistant as Samsung did with Bixby, LG chose instead to invoke Google's own intelligent Assistant. Unfortunately, this button cannot be reprogrammed, but LG hints that this might change depending on user feedback.

Specs At A Glance

Another notable thing about the G7 ThinQ is its screen, which LG says can go up to 1,000 nits and display 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut. Below are the other technical specs:

Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

Screen — 6.1-inch Quad HD FullVision Super Bright Display.

Memory — 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 2 TB via MicroSD card slot.

Cameras — Dual rear sensors: one 16-megapixel super wide angle (f/1.9), and one 16-megapixel standard angle (f/1.6). Front: 8-megapixel lens (f/1.9).

Battery — 3,000 mAh

Colors — New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose.

LG G7 ThinQ Pricing And Release Date

LG has yet to announce when it'll release the G7 ThinQ. By contrast, the G6 was announced in February 2017 then was released a month later. If this pattern holds, then the G7 ThinQ might hit stores June. As for pricing, LG leaves that up for carriers to decide.

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