Tuesday , June 5 2018

LG G7 ThinQ to launch in Australia on 7 June for $1,099

Announced after the hubbub of Mobile World Congress earlier this year, LG’s G7 ThinQ is now confirmed as launching in Australia on June 7, with an asking price of $1,099.

LG has confirmed in a press release this afternoon that its 2018 flagship smartphone will go on sale at JB Hi-Fi and Mobileciti for $1,099. The LG G7 ThinQ will be offered in a 4GB RAM / 64GB storage single model, and of course for the real data junkies, there’s the option to expand storage via MicroSD. LG’s G7 ThinQ is IP68 rated, and features Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor as well.

As Dan observed in the announcement post, LG’s G7 ThinQ features strong camera specs – dual 16MP sensors on the rear and an 8MP Wide Angle (80°) sensor with f/1.9 aperture on the front. The sensors on the rear offer different options, with the primary offering a Super Wide Angle 107° field of view with a very respectable f/1.9 aperture, while the secondary 16MP sensor has an even better f/1.7 aperture, meaning it should be shooting excellent shots in all manner of lighting conditions.

Here’s the key specs:

Key Specifications:LG G7 ThinQ
Release date
Screen size6.1-inch
Screen technologyLCD
Resolution3,120 x 1,440
PPI564
Rear camera16MP + 16MP
Front camera8MP
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Core config
RAM4GB/6GB
Storage64GB/128GB
MicroSDYes, up to 2TB
Battery3,000 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB Type-C 2.0
Headphone Port
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
Android OS
Vendor skin
Dimensions
Colours
  • New Platinum Gray
  • New Aurora Black
  • New Moroccan Blue
  • Raspberry Rose

The announcement refers only to a channel launch, via retail partners JB Hi-Fi and Mobileciti. As we know, getting mobiles on to carriers these days is getting harder and harder, with it being an uphill battle to get a carrier to accept anything for sale that seemingly isn’t from Apple or Samsung. It’s disappointing that LG wasn’t able to secure a launch carrier partner, but they’ve more than made up for this with their fairly sharp pricing.

At $1,099, the LG G7 ThinQ will thoroughly undercut Samsung’s S9 pricing (the cheapest of which starts at $1,199), and matches Huawei’s P20 Pro (which appears, from our review, to be the best smartphone on sale at the moment). With the recently-confirmed HTC U12+ heading for our shores soon, LG’s G7  ThinQ faces some tough competition after a couple of disappointing mobile launches from LG. Unlike past years, though, the LG G7 ThinQ looks impressive both in specification and in hand .. we look forward to having some time with LG’s new phone in the next week or two so we can give it a thorough Ausdroid review.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

7 comments

  1. It amazes me how these companies like LG with this flagship which is ordinary at best and the Chinese manufacturer with the P20 pro can price their phones so high. so ridiculaoualy high above a thousand dollars for these types of phones for what is essentially a cheap copy of the iPhone x especially the front of these phones is a blatant copy of the iPhone X .it is absurd they are both not even best in class the iPhone x and Samsung S9 are still way better phones than both this LG and p20 .

  2. LG cut corners on almost everything yet still have the nerve to ask these prices.

  3. Removes it as a competitor to the 1+ 6 !

  4. It looks to be a good phone , the extra loud speaker is very attractive to an older bloke with ears that have seen a lot of industry .
    A 6 gb of RAM model would have been nice though , and also a battery with a few more hours in the tank would be nice ,
    I suppose however , a bigger battery may compromise that echo chamber thing that gives us that nice loud volume ?
    There is always a compromise on a smart phone to be made somewhere 🙄.
    For my money , currently the S9+ is still the phone of the year .
    It has a decent sized battery , it has 6 GB ram , and up to 256 gb of onboard storage ,
    As well as the SD card , headphone jack , maybe not quite the top camera , but still a very good one .
    And it has nearly every feature under the sun , and can be bought anywhere .
    And though it does not have Twilight color , it is still a beautiful handset.
    And everything works with no missing features , like no ois on 4k recording .
    That’s just me though 😁.

    • In many ways you’re right Mike; the S9+ offers the best of many compromises for many users. It’s a great phone, and unlike some other handsets which get forgotten about by vendors on release or within a few months, you can rest fairly comfortably in the knowledge that Samsung will keep it updated for a good couple of years.

  5. and on the grey market 2 months later for $5-600 like the V30, G6, V20, G5 etc etc

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