LG G7 ThinQ Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours


The G7 ThinQ is LG’s next flagship Android phone, and it will launch in Manhattan, New York, on 2 May. LG promises more AI integration with its ‘Empathy AI’, including features seen in the recent LG V30S ThinQ and a dedicated button for calling up the Google Assistant.
It’s also confirmed that the G7 will feature a 6.1in super-bright IPS screen that can reach 1000 nits, yet consume 30 percent less energy. Taller than previously, it will adopt a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and it will have a notch just like the iPhone X. Fortunately you’ll be able to hide it using an option in the settings, as revealed below.

LG G7 notch settings
Other specs we’ve gleaned about the upcoming LG phone, codenamed Judy, include the Snapdragon 845 (capable of 8979 points in Geekbench 4), up to 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB storage, a 16Mp dual-camera, a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, a 3000mAh battery and DTS-X surround sound.
When is the LG G7 ThinQ release date?
LG confirmed that the device will launch at events in New York on 2 May and Korea on 3 May. On sale dates are typically later with LG, though it’d be smart of the company to not make that the case this time.
How much will the LG G7 ThinQ cost?
We’re speculating on the LG G7 ThinQ price for now, since there are no credible rumours. The LG G6 cost £649 and we expect the LG G7 ThinQ price to be about the same… and then fall quickly in the months afterward.
What are the LG G7 ThinQ rumoured features and specifications?
Android 8.0 Oreo
6.1in FullVision (19.5:9) IPS display with notch, 1000 nits
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
64/128GB storage
Dual-camera: 16Mp, f/1.6, HDR
IP68 waterproofing protection
Stereo speakers, DTS-X surround sound
Wireless charging
Fingerprint scanner, rear-facing
3000mAh battery
Various press renders have surfaced for the upcoming LG G7, with the example at the top of this page from @evleaks referencing all angles. We can also see the various colour options coming our way in the below render from GSMArena:

The LG G7 appears to be another combination of metal and glass, but with a larger 6.1in MLCD+ display. This tech allows it to go brighter while consuming less power. (LG currently uses OLED on the V30 phones.) Its 19.5:9 aspect ratio is one of the tallest around. LG says the bottom bezel is 50 percent slimmer than the G6’s so this shouldn’t make the G7 significantly taller overall.
LG has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release about the display ahead of the phone’s launch. This confirms the size and resolution we already knew from rumours, and that it will have a maximum brightness of 1000 nits and have ‘Super Bright’ branding. 
That makes it the brightest IPS phone screen we’re aware of, with only Samsung’s Note 8 being brighter at around 1200 nits. To put the numbers in context, most phones top out at around 700 nits, even those considered bright, and most people set brightness to less than 200 nits for indoor use. 
It means the G7’s screen should still be easy to see outdoors in sunlight.
Like a TV, you’ll be able to choose from one of six colour modes including Eco, Sport, Cinema, Game and Expert. 
Thanks to that high brightness, the screen supports HDR 10 content, and covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 gamut, so it can display all the necessary colours.
In the Expert mode, you can fine-tune the red, green and blue levels. For the less technically inclined, an Auto mode adjusts the settings based on the content, such as video, games and photos.
The press release also had the below image, which confirms that, like the Huawei P20, you’ll be able to hide the notch in software settings:

As well as rear-facing fingerprint scanner there is expected to be an iris scanner, and a patent has been unearthed for just such a feature that will allow you to lock the phone and protect sensitive data. Although iris scanners usually work with infra-red, LG has developed a camera that can switch from IR to a regular one.
The LG G7 ThinQ will likely feature Qualcomm’s new second-gen 10nm Snapdragon 845 chip, along with 4- or 6GB of RAM and 64- or 128GB storage.
Key new features offered by the Snapdragon 845 include a secure processing unit (SPU) that Qualcomm says offers “vault-like security” with the microprocessor, memory, crypto engine and random number generator all sitting on its own power island.
Performance and battery life will also improve, thanks to an octa-core Kryo 385 CPU with four 2.8GHz high-power cores and four 1.8GHz low power cores; the 845 is 30 percent more efficient than the 835 for gaming, video and AR/VR, says Samsung.
Qualcomm’s new super-fast X20 LTE modem is built-in, offering CAT 18 speeds of more than 1Gbps, as well as an enhanced Spectra 280 image signal processor. Qualcomm has bumped up video recording potential to Ultra-HD, and added in various AI improvements. 
Here’s another image from @evleaks:

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