THE LG G7 ThinQ smartphone is an upcoming flagship that’s gunning for the Samsung Galaxy S9’s Android crown.
But, as a recent leaked image indicates, the phone’s design owes more to the iPhone X than any handset running Google’s operating system.
We’ve rounded up all the details on LG’s flashy blower, including its official release date, leaked pics, and specs.
LG G7 ThinQ release date – what is it and when does it launch?
LG has announced that its next Android flagship will launch on May 2 at an event in New York City.
While, the phone is the latest instalment in the company’s flagship G-series (its predecessor was the LG G6), it owes more to the fresher LG V30S ThinQ.
Like that handset, the upcoming device doubles down on artificial intelligence.
We’ll get to that in a sec, but first let’s take in that notch.
Yes, LG has gone and done an Apple by adopting that little inset found at the top of the iPhone X.
While that means more screen, the design may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
And LG is apparently aware of that, which is why it will let you switch the notch off (according to Android Headlines).
Now, back to the “smart” part.
The ThinQ in the phone’s title refers to LG’s AI, which can also be found in its latest appliances (from fridges to washing machines) and made its phone debut on the LG V30S.
Internally, the LG G7 ThinQ’s digital smarts will overwhelmingly be felt in its camera (more on that below) and voice recognition features.
LG touts it as an “Empathetic AI”, claiming that it’s capable of human-like thinking to a certain extent.
We’ll see if it can back up the hype when the phone arrives.
LG G7 ThinQ specs and features – can it beat the Samsung Galaxy S9?
LG is keeping mum on the phone’s features, but Israeli news site YNET got a hands-on with the device at MWC.
The phone reportedly packs a high-end Qualcomm 845 chip and a sharp, 6-inch OLED display.
The device could come with either 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, or a beefier 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Meanwhile Android Headlines revealed a dual 16-megapixel camera setup at the back with a f/1.5 aperture for enhanced low-light photography.
Similar to the V30S ThinQ, the phone is expected to include LG’s AI Cam, which automatically adjusts the colour, saturation and contrast of your photos.
And of course there’s the disappearing notch up front.
Other specs include 3D and 2D camera stickers, moving Live Photos (like the ones on iPhone), and “boombox speakers”.
The phone will apparently be available in five colours: Aurora Black, Platinum Grey, Moroccan Blue, Moroccan Blue (Matte) and Raspberry Rose.
But in the absence of legit info, you should take those details with a pinch of salt.
LG G7 ThinQ price – how much will it cost?
LG hasn’t announced a price for its next flagship, so we’ll have to get our thinking caps on.