LG G7 ThinQ vs LG V30: first look
They didn't get the recipe to our standards the first time around with the G6 last year in the spring, but by the time fall came around, they managed to hit it out of the ballpark with the V30. When we first feasted our eyes on it, the V30 looked and felt significantly more refined – while also proving itself as the most versatile camera phone around for recording video. Now that the LG G7 ThinQ is here, it's really going to need come at us with an even more compelling package if it has any chance of continuing LG's streak with the V30!
Regardless of that, the two phones feel incredibly well-built, sharing the same IP68 water resistant rating, 3.5mm headphone jacks, and rear planted finger print sensor. We're a bit sad, though, that the fingerprint sensor no longer doubles as the power button on the G7 ThinQ – so it's now a dedicated button along its right edge. This seems a bit foreign and alien for us, especially considering that a rear mounted power button has always been a staple of LG's smartphones. While we do appreciate the updated looks of the G7 ThinQ, it doesn't necessarily deviate from what we saw previously with the V30.
Over on the specs side, the LG G7 ThinQ packs a 6.1-inch QHD+ (1440 x 3120) FullVision Display – while the V30 sizes up with a 6-inch QHD+ (1440 x 2880) OLED FullVision Display. Again, it's really hard to believe that the G7 is sporting the larger panel here, as the V-series has been typically the one with the larger screens. Then again, the G7 ThinQ introduces us to the notch, which does indeed occupy a little bit of space around the earpiece, but luckily it can be masked – making it appear very much like the V30.
In our quick assessment, there's a lot to like about both displays, as they're rich with details, offer wide viewing angles, and there's an abundance of iridescent colors to capture our attention. Even though we were unable to check it out for ourselves, we're told that the G7 ThinQ's peak brightness can achieve 1,000 nits, which if that's true, will make it more visible outdoors against the V30's display under direct sunlight.
Superficially, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot different in looking at their respective Android experience. Both are running Android 8.0 Oreo, complemented by LG's customizations – such the floating bar, Knock on, and mini view. Quite frankly, anyone who has handled the V30 will feel at home checking out the G7 ThinQ. Then again, the G7 ThinQ benefits largely from the artificial intelligence integration that LG has bestowed in it! So far, it's mostly related to the camera, voice integration, and home appliances.
When it comes to processing power, it appears as though the two are equipped to handle even the most intensive stuff. For the V30, it's powered by last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM – while the LG G7 ThinQ is armed with the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 4GB of RAM. Honestly, it's tough to discern any noticeable differences with their performances when it comes to basic functions. Being the newer phone with the newer hardware, it's almost guaranteed that the G7 ThinQ will surpass its sibling in the V30 in many benchmark tests, but don't think for a moment that the V30 is a slouch because it can still put up solid results when it comes to gaming. Both phones are available with 64GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by their microSD card slots.
One peculiar thing sticks out at us when looking at the back of both phones is how their dual cameras are positioned differently from one another, it's vertical with the V30 and horizontal with the G7 ThinQ. For the V30, its dual cameras break down to a 16MP main camera with an f/1.6 aperture and a 13MP 120-degree wide-angle secondary camera with an f/1.9 aperture. Meanwhile, the G7 ThinQ is treated to a pair of 16MP sensors broken down to a main 71-degree f/1.6 lens and a wide-angle 107-degree f/1.9 one. As you can tell, the V30 still achieves a wider reach, which is evident in some of the snapshots we captured.
The one distinct advantage going for the G7 ThinQ is its abilty to capture those creamy looking bokeh portrait shots that can make anyone seem like a professional in how they're able to separate the subject and background. It's the first time we're getting a real portrait mode on an LG smartphone, so we're excited about that! Moreover, it appears as though the G7 ThinQ has also inherited the V30's versatile video capture abilities, since it now features the same extensive manual controls and Cine modes. And lastly, the AI integration with the G7 ThinQ allows the camera to adjust to the scene to yield the best results.
Oddly enough, it's the V30 that's edging out its sibling in the battery department with its slightly larger 3300 mAh battery cell – versus the 3000 mAh one in the G7 ThinQ. Even though it's an advantage on paper for the V30, it's anyone's guess as to whether or not the G7 ThinQ will be able to match its sibling's longevity. At the very least, though, the two smartphones are equipped with wireless charging as an alternative to the usual wired connection with their USB Type-C ports.
What LG is doing here with the G7 ThinQ is strange. First of all, there's no longer a clear-cut line separating the distinctive advantages of each series. In the past, the G-series was known to be the smaller handset with a heavier focus on still image photography, but that's all tossed upside down with the G7 ThinQ and how it encapsulates pretty much everything we found previously with the V30. To us, the G7 ThinQ seems more like a refined V30, despite the fact that the V30 already has its own line of variants.
Knowing all that, we're really eager to discover the G7 ThinQ's pricing. In all fairness, we wouldn't be too shocked if it somehow mirrored the V30's launch price of around $800, which is pricey considering all things. Therefore, it'd be more rational to have the G7 ThinQ at a lower price point than that, especially how the trends have always treated the V-series with the higher price point. If you already own the V30, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of reason to make the switch – that's unless you want to capture those slick looking portrait shots.