Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. LG G7 ThinQ: ThinQ size is everything?10
The Galaxy Note may have been the de facto pioneer of the “phablet” era of smartphones, but these days, as bezels shrink on devices, so too do the lines between “phablets” and regular-sized phones. Take LG’s G7 ThinQ, for example. There’s no “plus” in the name, or anything like that; it’s just a “regular” phone, right? Well, with a screen that’s only .3 inches smaller than the once relatively behemoth Galaxy Note, the G7 ThinQ might be picking a fight with a competitor out of its class. Or, perhaps, is it the other way around?
Design and Display
Galaxy Note 9. Only a few tenths of an inch separate these two in terms of body dimensions, but the Note 9 does plainly appear larger. It’s also slightly heavier, weighing in just under an ounce and half more than the G7 ThinQ.
Looking past the shape, these displays are real lookers in terms of the clarity and vibrancy. The Note 9, with its 6.4-inch, 1440 x 2960, Super AMOLED display, pulls off the rich colors and sharp details we’ve come to expect on high-end Galaxy devices. The G7 ThinQ, on the other hand, has similar color saturation, albeit slightly less punched up with its 6.1-inch, 1440 x 3120, IPS LCD. The G7 ThinQ also has a trick up its sleeve in that it can reach 1000 nits of brightness for short periods of time, making this the easiest phone to see in direct sunlight – a distinction the Note 9 can’t take away, no matter how nice and big its own screen is.
User Interface and Performance
edge here in raw power and storage, but of course benchmarks and day-to-day use may tell a slightly different story. With this setup, though, it’d be hard to fathom a scenario in which the Note 9’s performance doesn’t trump the G7 ThinQ’s, but software can make a difference.
Even Bixby may be another value proposition worth considering when weighing the G7 ThinQ versus the Galaxy Note 9. With its bolstered functionality and app partnerships with the likes of Uber, Yelp, Ticketmaster, and Spotify, when things are working well, it may be the preferred assistant over Google’s in more instances than you might initially thinQ. Either way, the Note 9 has both assistants, while the G7 only has one.
The choice seems pretty clear; if you want features, the Galaxy Note 9 is the way to go.
Software on both are quite similar in terms of their feature set; both utilize scene recognition features to optimize the shot, and, of course, both have portrait and manual camera modes for optimal creative control.
The G7 ThinQ does edge the Galaxy Note 9 out in video recording features, though. Manual controls for video capture have long been an advantage of LG devices, and support for HDR10 4K capture pushes the G7 ThinQ ahead further. These are two features that the Note 9 can’t match, though it does support super slo-mo at 960 frames per second – a trick the G7 can’t replicate.
So, does the Galaxy Note 9 distinguish itself as a true “phablet” among the wannabes? Well, size-wise you’d be right to think so, even though the G7 ThinQ’s screen is only .3 inches smaller. But alas, size isn’t everything. What do these devices do differently with that space? In the case of the G7 ThinQ, not much. While the Galaxy Note 9 offers paired app launching, Samsung DeX support, and a plethora of writing and drawing features, it’s hard to call anything else a phablet when competitors have nothing of the like to offer.
If the camera and battery life can deliver, we anticipate performance will follow, and if that is the case, then we think the choice between the LG G7 ThinQ and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is clear if you want a phablet. What do you think?