LG G7 ThinQ appears in new render with notch – no Than-Q!

Official-looking render confirms the notch

Looking at this seemingly official render from reliable leaker Evan Blass, the notch is visible, although it does appear to be less so than other smartphones, such as the upcoming OnePlus 6, or the Huawei P20 Pro due to the faded black at the top of the screen. However, perhaps it isn’t such a good idea for the brand to make the notch so large, as the backlash towards this feature continues. 

We can also further speculate that LG will be moving the power button to the right of the handset, which supports the information from previous leaks. For some of you, this will be a welcome change from the rear power button. Although, this button could serve a different function all together, such as for the AI functionality.

Finally, as expected, it has an almost bezel-less design, particularly around the sides, and to the bottom we can see a larger bezel. At the top, you can see the usual sensors and the front camera which is located in the center. 

What do you think of this latest render? Is the LG G7 ThinQ looking good? Let us know in the comments.


Everything we know about the LG G7 ThinQ:

The LG G7 could see a price jump

ETNews also warns us that we would also likely see a significant price increase over the previous model. In Korea, at least, the LG G7 could cost 100,000 won more than the G6. That converts to around $94 or £67, so we could see the US price of the G7 hit $800. 

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The LG G6 was available in the US for $600 or $720, depending on your carrier. / © AndroidPIT

So what could we be getting for that kind of money? Well, ETNews confirms previous rumors surrounding the LG G7’s technical capabilities, such as dual rear 16MP cameras with AI integration, Snapdragon 845 SoC, and 3,000 mAh battery. Additionally, we could see a Quad-DAC audio system and an OLED display with, yes, a notch in the style of the iPhone X. But there’s another rumor that suggests it will be an M-LCD display. 

From the looks of it, LG will push a premium phone ready to compete with the top players like the Samsung Galaxy S9. And that’s not all. ETNews also reports that an LG G7 Plus, with more storage and possible more RAM, may also be released alongside the standard G7. The source states that both phones are set to be unveiled in late April to early May, and go on sale in May.

Iris scanner instead of fingerprint reader?

The fingerprint reader is no longer a novelty; on the contrary, it almost seems as if brands are looking for a way out. It will probably be a gradual development and not followed by everyone, which I suppose is a bit like removing the headphone jack. 

The alternatives to the fingerprint reader are already in circulation, one of which is the Face ID integrated on iPhone X, the other is the iris scanner adopted by Samsung on the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8. The latest rumors in the pipeline suggest that LG will also follow the latter path, but instead use a different solution to its rival.

The LG patent shows a sensor that acts as both a front camera and an iris scanner. There is no infrared LED like the one found on Samsung devices, but a single all-in-one module that can be used for both selfies and unlocking the device. A space-saving solution that we will probably also see on the G7.

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An all-in-one module to unlock the G7 with a glance. / © Gizmochina

LG could therefore totally ditch the fingerprint reader or retain both, to give users a choice.

Is that a dedicated AI button?

Leaked photos and screengrabs sent to TechRadar appear to spill the beans on the next premium offering from LG, which appears to be in its early testing phase in the US. The photos purport to be of a test device for the new 6.1-inch LG ‘G7 ThinQ’, model number LG-G710TM.

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There’s no escaping the notch this year. / © TechRadar

Although the device is contained in a testing case, the photos clearly show a phone that will come dressed in all the latest trends: a notch, near bezel-less display, power button on the right side, and…a mysterious button on the left side.

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Is that an AI button on the side? / © TechRadar

While the function of this left button is not confirmed, we can take a cue (or Q?) from the recent LG V30S ThinQ, and posit that this could be a dedicated button for AI functions.

While this conjures up images of Samsung’s much maligned Bixby button, the experience would be quite different from using a voice assistant. LG appears to be following trends when it comes to the notched display, and the new button could offer a distinctive new selling point for a brand struggling to reinvent itself.

Screengrabs leaked to TechRadar appear to confirm previously rumored spec numbers: a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage. But there’s still a chance of multiple versions with variant hardware being released.

LG G7 ThinQ US launch date confirmed, color variants leaked

The first official confirmations of LG’s new flagship have arrived. It will be called LG G7 ThinQ and will be unveiled on May 2 in New York and the next day in Seoul. This was confirmed by the brand itself, with a post on its Korean website.

The G series will therefore also adopt the ThinQ suffix, and has the same focus on artificial intelligence that was introduced with the V30 at the end of February, during the MWC in Barcelona. However, the ThinQ V30S is not yet available internationally: will the G7 beat it to our market? 

It’s hard to know for the moment but you can get an idea of the design and the colors in which the smartphone will be released. AndroidHeadlines has published the official smartphone renderings, which were received from a trustworthy source: 

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5 different colors to please the eye, though the notch is a matter of taste. / © Android Headlines

Double camera on the back, as already leaked, fingerprint reader just below, display almost devoid of bezels and the ubiquitous notch! The colors variants bear the pretentious names we’ve all come to expect from the industry: Aurora Black, Platinum Grey, Moroccan Blue, Moroccan Blue (Matte) and Raspberry Rose. The availability of the colors in different markets will likely vary, and they may not arrive all at once.

Powerful hardware to compete with the big flagships

The rumors on the alleged technical specifications of the future LG G7 come from South Korea and, more precisely, from ETNews, a generally reliable source. The G7 will probably carry the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 6GB of RAM.

The G7 will integrate an OLED panel (or M-LCD, according to another rumor) and the display will probably opt for a 18:9 format similar to the one mounted on the V30. Then there is rumored the presence of a double camera on the back and one on the front, IP68 water and dust resistance certification, wireless charging and FM radio. As far as the four cameras are concerned, one of those located on the front could actually be a dedicated iris scanner.

LG G7 rumored technical specifications

  LG G7
Display OLED or M-LCD, 6″, 19.5:9, 3210×1440 pixel
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 4/6 GB
 Internal memory 64/128 GB
Camera dual-camera 16MP f/1.6 + f/1.9 (rear) – 8MP (front)
Battery 3,000 mAh

What would you like to find on the G7? What should LG do in your opinion to make users fall in love with its future flagships?

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