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||June 2018|
|Screen technology||IPS LCD|
|Resolution||3,120 x 1,440|
|Rear camera||16MP + 16MP|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Core config||4x2.8 GHz and 4x1.7 GHz|
|MicroSD||Yes, up to 2TB|
|Connector||USB Type-C 2.0|
|Android OS||Android 8.0|
|Vendor skin||LG UX|
|Dimensions||153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm|
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.