LG G7 ThinQ in the Philippines : Seven Things We Know So Far

I know I have many readers who are fans of LG so I decided to write this teaser post.

It appears that the "other" Korean giant is just about ready to unveil their 2018 flagship Android smartphone and for those who are interested about this model, here are seven things we know about it so far.

1. It will be officially called "LG G7 ThinQ"

LG will stick to its familiar chronological nomenclature for this year's top-of-the-line handset release. Hence, it will be named "LG G7", which is more or less expected. But according to reliable sources, the company will add "ThinkQ" suffix to it to highlight its AI capabilities.

2. It will have a large all-screen face.

LG G7 is said to have a 6-inch 1440 x 2880 pixels display with 18:9 aspect ratio and rounded corners. This is bigger than Samsung Galaxy S9's 5.8-inch panel but smaller than the SGS9+'s 6.2-inch screen. It seems that LG wants this phone to be "in-between" those two popular models in terms of size.

Supplementary Reading: Samsung Galaxy S9 in the Philippines

3. LG will be adopting the "notch" too.

Some people hate it, some people don't. But it seems that there's no stopping the notch's appearance on the LG G7. As you can see in the phone's leaked press photo above, LG's notch will be slimmer than Apple's version and will house the front-facing camera right smack in the middle.

For Pinoys who hate the notch, let me know why you feel that way about it via the comments section below. Let's talk.

4. LG G7 ThinQ's screen will have white pixels.

The Korean company has reportedly decided to put an M+ LCD panel on their 2018 hero release. Simply put, what's special about this display type is that it comes with white pixels on top of RGB ones to make it less taxing on the system to render a pure white panel. This will supposedly result in better energy efficiently that could translate to longer uptime.

Personally, I'm glad that LG is finally focusing on giving their Android smartphones longer battery life. Although I never owned one, LG V30 - my friends say - already has great uptime compared to its predecessors. I'm sure LG G7 ThinkQ will perform well in this department too.

5. This smartphone will be a low-light imaging beast.

Based on leaked documents, LG G7 ThinQ will have two 16 MegaPixel cameras at the back with optical image stabilization and a very wide f/1.5 aperture, which should translate to incredible low-light imaging performance. So far, we don't know yet if this Dual Camera Module was made to enable telephoto or wide-angle capability but I think it will be the latter -- just like what the LG G6 had. LG is a severely underrated cameraphone maker and I'm hoping that this model could finally give them the international recognition that they deserve.

For Filipinos who love to take selfies, this phone is rumored to have an 8 MegaPixel front-facing camera, which benefits from the company's very own skin-clearing or beautification software.

6. Its set of internal hardware will be top-notch.

It is said that the standard version of LG G7 ThinQ will run its LG-UX-customized Android 8.0 Oreo operating system with a (Kryo Gold and Kryo Silver plus Adreno 630 based) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 flagship mobile processor that's complemented by 4GB of RAM and 64GB GB of onboard storage that's easily expandable via the secondary hybrid nanoSIM slot (that can also take in a microSD card). This set of innards is more or less at par with what Samsung Galaxy S9 has.

7. There will be a Plus version.

Insider say that LG is also preparing a bigger and more powerful version of the LG G7 ThinkQ. So far, we don't know yet its exact screen size but it is said that this variant will be 6GB of RAM for smoother multitasking experience and 128GB of storage, providing more space for photos, videos, and other large content.

What about the price, you ask? Well, we haven't heard word about that yet. But I believe LG G7 ThinQ will be more affordable than Samsung Galaxy S9 -- if a bit. Last year, LG G6 launched with an SRP of £650 ($915 USD) in Europe or Php 37,990 in the Philippines while Samsung Galaxy S8 was initially priced at £680 ($960 USD) or Php 39,990 in the Philippines. SGS9 currently has a local price tag of Php 45,990. LG might be tempted to price LG G7 at around Php 43,990 -- but I'm hoping that they'd stick to the SRP of the LG G6 on this year's stellar iteration.

Alright! That's it for now. Kindly stay tuned for updates.

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