We’ve now lived with the pre-production LG G7 ThinQ for five days (that’s pronounced thin-kyoo, not “think,” by the way). We know a little more about how it compares to phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9, Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8 Plus. The LG G7 is up-to-date on the most crucial specs, like two rear cameras, the newest processor, Android 8.0 Oreo and water resistance. While it’s solid, it’s not particularly exciting — and .
The LG G7‘s stand out feature is a slim little button on the left side that calls up and a variety of custom commands. (Sorry, you can’t reprogram this button.)
There’s also AI software in the camera that automatically identifies scenes and applies the “best” camera settings — this is the “ThinQ” part of the G7 ThinQ name. It has a headphone jack, and you can choose whether you want to keep the notch design or replace it with a black bar.
For years, the LG “G” phone of the year has come with more moderate specs and a lower price than the Galaxy counterpart. The G7 ThinQ supports wireless charging, and has plenty of storage space and a battery capacity that meets or exceeds most other mainstream phones of its size.
We’re still not sure what the LG G7 will sell for, and we can’t make any recommendations before fully testing the phone. But on paper, the LG G7 has the makings of a competent phone that will compete against the Galaxy S9, Google’s Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8 Plus.
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LG G7 specs vs. Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2, iPhone 8 Plus
|LG G7 ThinQ||Samsung Galaxy S9||Google Pixel 2||iPhone 8 Plus|
|Display size, resolution||6.1-inch IPS LCD; 3,120 x 1,440 pixels||5.8-inch OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels||5-inch OLED; 1,920×1,080 pixels||5.5-inch LCD; 1,920×1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||563ppi||570ppi||441 ppi||401 ppi|
|Dimensions (inches)||6×2.8×0.31 in||5.81×2.70×0.33 in||5.7×2.7×0.3 in||6.24×3.07×0.30 in|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||153.2×71.9×7.9 mm||147.7×68.7×8.5 mm||145.7×69.7×7.8 mm||158.4×78.1×7.5 mm|
|Weight (ounces, grams)||5.7 oz, 162g||5.75 oz; 163g||5.04 oz; 143 g||7.13 oz; 202 g|
|Mobile software||Android (8.1?) Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8 Oreo||iOS 11|
|Camera||Dual 16-megapixel (71 degree, f/1.6 and 107 degree, f/1.9)||12-megapixel||12-megapixel||Dual 12-megapixel|
|Front-facing camera||8-megapixel (f/1.9)||8-megapixel||8-megapixel||7-megapixel|
|Processor||2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Apple A11 Bionic|
|Storage||64GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 256GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to 2TB||400GB||None||None|
|Battery||3,000mAh||3,000mAh||2,700mAh||2,675mAh (Apple doesn’t confirm this)|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back||Back||Back cover||Home button (Touch ID)|
|Special features||Water-resistant (IP68), wireless charging, DTS:X 3D Surround, Quad DAC||Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning||Google Assistant; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready||Water-resistant (IP67), wireless Qi charge-compatible|
|Price off-contract (USD)||TBA||Varies: $720-$800 (64GB)||$649 (64GB), $749 (128GB)||$799 (64GB), $949 (256GB)|
|Price (GBP)||TBA||£739||£629 (64GB), £729 (128GB)||£799 (64GB), £949 (256GB)|
|Price (AUD)||TBA||AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB)||AU$1,079 (64GB), AU$1,229 (128GB)||AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,479 (256GB)|
Article originally published May 2 at 8:00am and updated May 7 at 2:25pm PT.