Review of the smartphone LG ThinQ G7: the most intelligent, or what?
LG ThinQ G7 came out with some delay: we habitually waited for the Korean flagship at MWC in 2018, but there has been shown the first ThinQ is a special version of the already familiar pattern with V30 built-in AI features. LG G7, announced in may, develops his ideas is also offering a number of practices on the use of neural network computing is in first place in the smartphone camera.
But it is also the first “true” flagship in 2018 hope you like him insignia: platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (in a slightly “clothed” version Napali), a 6.1-inch display with a resolution of 3120 × 1440 and a cutout area top edge, fresh dual camera in the corporate style (normal + ultra-wide, now both 16 megapixels), glass body with strong moisture protection (claimed already in the army standard). And this year is no discount in the manner LG G6, which was slightly weaker but also cheaper than conventional competitors. How have LG managed to undermine the position firmly settled on top of the Samsung Galaxy S9 iPhone X or Huawei P20 Pro?
|G7 LG ThinQ||LG G6||Huawei P20 Pro||Apple iPhone X||Samsung Galaxy S9|
|Display||6.1 inches, IPS, 3120 × 1440, 564 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.7 inch, IPS, 2880 × 1440, 564 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6.1 inch OLED
2240 × 1080, 408 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.8 inches, Super AMOLED, 2436 x 1125, 458 ppi, capacitive multi-touch technology TrueTone||5.8 inches, Super AMOLED, 1440 × 2960, 570 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 3; Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear panel||No information||No information||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Napali: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.5 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 970: Quad core ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz; architecture HiAI||Apple A11 Bionic six cores (2 x Moonsoon + 4 x Mistral)||Samsung Exynos 9810: eight cores (4 × M3, 2.7 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A55, 1.8 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 850 MHz||Apple GPU (3-core)||Mali-G72 MP18, 900 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB||6 GB||3 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||64 GB||64 GB||128 GB||64/256 GB||64/128/256 GB|
|Memory card support||There||There||No||No||There|
|Connectors||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||Lightning||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||One nano-SIM||One nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 800/900/1700/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat.16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 38||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (450 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 18 (1200/200 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/AC||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz|
|Bluetooth||5.0||4.2||4.2 (aptX HD)||5.0||5.0|
|NFC||There||There||There||Yes (Apple Pay)||There|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||Double module: 16 MP, ƒ/1,6 + 16 MP, ƒ/1,9, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilization (main camera)||Double module: 13 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization||Triple module 40 + 20 + 8 MP, ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/1,6 + ƒ/2,4, hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash||Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, autofocus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer, both cameras||12 MP, a variable aperture ƒ/1,5/2,4, autofocus, led flash, optical image stabilization|
|Front camera||8 MP, ƒ/1,9, fixed focus||5 MP, autofocus||24 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash||7 MP, ƒ/2.2, and fixed focus without flash||8 MP, ƒ/1.7 m, fixed focus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery by 12.54 W·h (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: of 10.26 W⋅h (2716 mAh, 3.8 V)||Non-removable battery: for 11.55 W⋅h 3000 mA * h, 3.8 V)|
|Size||153,2 × 71,9 × 7.9 mm||Of 148.9 × 71,9 × 7.9 mm||155 × 73,9 × 7.8 mm||143,6 × 70,9 × 7.7 mm||147,7 × 68,7 × 8.5 mm|
|Weight||162 grams||163 grams||180 grams||174 grams||163 grams|
|Protection case||Mean, standard IP68||Mean, standard IP68||There are, IP67||There are, IP67||Mean, standard IP68|
|Operating system||Android 8.0 Oreo, own skin LG UX||Android 7.0 Nougat, own skin LG UX||Android 8.0 Oreo, own shell EMUI||iOS 11||Android 8.0 Oreo, own shell|
|Current price||59 990 rubles||39 990 rubles||54 990 rubles||from 70 rubles to 990 81 990 rubles||51 990 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
LG for a long time went if not to the legislators of the mobile mod, at least among avid originals. G4 glittering extravagance leather back, it stands out against the background. G5 sported a controversial modular construction – repeating Koreans no one, but a medal for bravery they have earned. G6 is brought to the masses an elongated display format 18:9.
G7 LG ThinQ of this dissonant, but motley series of falls – it is created on a predetermined template of “flagship smartphone sample 2018”. Tempered glass front and rear, mandatory “unibrow” that fit into an elongated display format 19:9, the absence of any of the characteristic frills. We are accustomed to the fact that flagship smartphones are trying to draw attention to themselves, to occupy a special place on the shelf. Alas, LG G7 not one of them – its design can even be called commonplace.
Color is also modest – in addition to coal-black G7 ThinQ also shown in blue (Moroccan blue) and grey (platinum ice). Koreans are flirting with the user, trying to take their reliability and build quality. There is also a G7 and Burgundy, but in Russia it is not officially imported.
With the latter there is no problem. Tempered glass on front, rear is resistant to small scratches: for two weeks use of the smartphone without a case I found not a scratch on him is a rarity. The ribs are made of metal with an almost invisible (at least on a black background) plastic inserts for the correct operation of antennas.
The main plus case G7 LG ThinQ – it is waterproof – not just according to the standard IP68, and with a military certificate of protection (Military Standard 810G). Count on the fact that the smartphone will survive falling on asphalt from height of human growth, I wouldn’t, but dropping it in a puddle or off the table without a problem. In which case LG is committed within a year after purchase for free to replace the display G7 ThinQ.
The most important aspect of this is – mini-Jack remained in place. As you can see, the analog connector is not a hindrance even for today maximum class of moisture protection in mass smartphones. Don’t believe the marketing games.
Something unusual in the case of the G7 LG ThinQ still is. Talking about the controls. This time the Koreans did without his trademark power button on the rear panel by placing it on the standard for Android smartphones place the right edge. But the separate volume keys moved to the left, accompanied by an additional button, with which you can call up Google Assistant. Many on her are complaining – they say that too many random clicks while mostly useless functionality. With the second, in fact, do not argue, but I have random clicks were not. I just did not use this button.
Dimensions LG ThinQ G7 impressive – despite the large screen, it is not different in thickness and width of the housing from its predecessor, which, recall, has already been extended display. It is a little higher, but this does not prevent the smartphone to be very easy to handle – as it is possible for the gadget with more than a six-inch diagonal screen.
As for the fingerprint scanner, it is located in the traditional and probably the most comfortable to use location – on the rear panel, just below the camera unit. The index finger falls there naturally, to shift the smartphone in hand is not necessary. The classic scanner, capacitive, works quickly and without failures. It can be used to block not only the apparatus as a whole, but also individual apps.
Also, if you wish, you can set the standard for Android devices 8.0 Oreo unlock using facial recognition. Special sensors are not involved – it happens only due to the front camera (protection from unlocking the pictures G7 ThinQ can not provide). So this is purely a secondary option, to rely on it seriously I wouldn’t.
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Operating system in the LG ThinQ G7 is covered with a proprietary shell LG UX 6.0+. The Koreans are slowly changing their software is even an upgrade but the LG UX 6.0 that we saw in G6. Anyway, the shell is nice – looks good, works fast, not overloaded with unnecessary software. There is a possibility to “hide” a split screen with the fill status bar black or gray. Well, or several variants of the gradient – can give the smartphone frills.
I would like to note the absence in the standard version shell search string. There are shortcuts to Google, “Yandex”, but the string must be set independently.
LG promises a timely update of the Android operating system to version 9.0. will this shell updated to the latest UX 7.0 cannot say.
Display and sound
The LG ThinQ G7 uses an LCD display with IPS-matrix. This is doubly strange, considering the flagship status of the phone (when even the reactionaries from Apple switches to OLED) and the fact that LG is the leader in the manufacture of screens based on organic LEDs – however, the television. If smart phones and V-series are really equipped with OLED displays, G7 is also a flagship at its core – this advantage deprived.
Diagonal and resolution, no questions asked: 6.1 inches, the format 19:9, a resolution of 3120 × 1440 pixels – with a pixel density of 564 ppi in. If desired, the resolution can be even lower in settings that do not greatly affect the picture quality in most applications, but will have a positive impact on battery life.
But this, of course, very high-quality LCD display- with all the necessary coatings (oleophobic to the polarization), but besides that – very bright. The maximum measured in laboratory conditions, the brightness was 609 CD/m2, which is already more than good. But if you have activated the auto-brightness, this figure can jump up to 1000 CD/m2 – problems with the use of a smartphone on a Sunny day.
The contrast is between 1194:1 – LCD display figure the ordinary, but to demand from him something much greater still does not make sense, to ensure a truly deep black, he can not anyway.
The default settings are not good. In automatic mode, the average gamma is 2.28 with a rather stable behavior of the curves. But the color temperature is excessively battened: “fork” is from 8 500 To 10 500 K. the Colors will inevitably too cold. This is reflected in the average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (grayscale + wide array of color shades): of 7.48 at a rate of 3.00. Here, the effect, however, and extended color gamut similar to the DCI-P3.
In order to get a more natural picture, it makes sense to turn to the deeper settings and change display colors. As a rule, it is enough to use the provided presets – in particular, a mode “cinema”, where the colors immediately become warmer. However, in order for the screen to show the reference color, it is not enough: a gamma of 2.25, the color temperature is 7500 K to 9,000 K, the average deviation in DeltaE ColorChecker – of 5.41.
To get something as close as possible to the color, meant movie or photos, you should Tinker with the settings yourself, luckily there are all possibilities – you can manually change not only color temperature, but also the individual color scale RGB.
Particular emphasis is LG did on the sound of the smartphone. It is not only the basic set of values (3.5 mm plug, Bluetooth 5.0 standards support aptX and aptX HD), but “named” DAC – Sabre ES9218PC. He know we are still on V20 LG, and the issues it has not been, then what is not now – G7 ThinQ sound through wired headphones well: detailed, powerfully and smoothly, without undue emphasis on any frequency spectrum. It can even be used with vysokoemkie headphones – mobile needs them “rock”. But to verify this information I have not been able to.
Speaker is also not anyhow what, and with a large resonator (17 times more than, for example, at G6) – and what’s more, named self – Boombox. It allows to count on a relatively powerful smartphone sound, especially when he’s lying on a table or other hard surface – there is much to resonate. Built-in loudspeaker a single, monaural, located on the bottom face. Neither vertical nor horizontal grip it with your finger does not overlap.
LG also insists that with a smartphone it is necessary to communicate not only through touching the screen, but a voice. A large number of microphones adapted as nowhere else – the developers claim that the voice is recognized from a distance of up to five meters. Checked – true that. Even in a noisy room or from the other end of the room can be something to ask Google Assistant or “Alice” – and artificial intelligence will hear.