Our Opinion

The LG G7 Plus ThinQ is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the LG G7 Plus ThinQ!

LG G7 Plus ThinQ  Samsung Galaxy Note 8 
LG G7 ThinQ Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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Excellence Score
61.7
55.5
Value for Money Score
66.3
47.7
Price ₹ 28,990 onwards ₹ 49,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3120 pixels (~ 563 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 522 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features IPS LCD, Dolby Vision (HDR10 compliant), FullVision Display, Always-on display Super AMOLED, HDR10 Compliant, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 8895Ranked #21 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Mali-G71 MP20
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 16MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.6 Aperture; Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 16MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 107-degree Field of view, Laser Autofocus & PDAF, AI Cam, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama, Video HDR, AI and Super Bright Mode, Live Photo, Portrait Mode, Manual Mode, Film Effect, Auto Shot, Gesture Shot, Gesture Interval Shot, Gesture View, HDR10 Video Recording, Cine Effect, Point Zoom, Steady Record 2.0, Slow Motion, Time-lapse Video, Quick Snap Wide-angle: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4 µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length, Telephoto: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0 um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording; Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Selfie Light, Beauty Shot F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22 µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Recording, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.6 mm
Weight 162 gm 195 gm
Width 71.9 mm 74.8 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 22.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes, Quick Charge 4.0 Yes, Quick Charge 2.0
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback Time (Speaker): Upto 47 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Earphones): Upto 74 hrs, Video Playback: Upto 16 hrs, Internet (WiFi): Upto 14 hrs, Internet (3G): Upto 12 hrs, Internet (4G): Upto 13 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant (Gorilla Glass 5) Back Glass; Military Grade (MIL-STD-810G compliant); Wireless charging support; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration; Boombox Speaker with DTS:X 3D Sound; Hi-Fi Quad DAC; Super Far Field Voice Recognition Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 2.0); Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Bundled AKG Headphones; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Simple, non-flashy, unibody glass design - looks fairly good in most colors, but this is not a phone that will stand-out
  • Narrow dimensions make it easy to grip
  • There’s a dedicated AI button on the left side of the phone - a single press launches Google Assistant, a double press launches you straight into Google Lens, and a long press on the key takes you straight into voice commands with Assistant - it’s a pretty intuitive system, and one that you are likely to quickly start using
  • IP68 water-resistance
  • Bright, modern, tall 6.1-inch display - the brightness maxes out at 1, 000 nits - making it ideal for outdoor use when a normal smartphone peaks at 500 or maybe 600 nits - the only comparable flagship phone is the Galaxy S9 Plus, which can reach similar brightness levels
  • LG's custom UI over Android is decent, and runs butter smooth given the hardware
  • The performance all-round is top-notch given the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 that rests inside - it compares closely to other flagship devices
  • Very good AI powered cameras on the rear and the front
  • The rear dual camera system takes wide-angle photos, recognises low-light situations to employ a 'Super Bright' mode to make photos and video four times as bright albeit at a reduced resolution, the bokeh shots come out well too - overall, the camera is not too far behind the best of the lot like the Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, or Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is pretty good too - it provides a crisp enough and adequately wide enough selfie shooter - when there is enough light, the detail is on par with the Samsung Galaxy S9 front-facing camera
  • Video recording is done well too, and the 'Super Bright' Mode is present here too
  • Another highlight is the loud 'Boombox' speaker - it’s plenty loud, and uses the entire phone to pump out rich bass - it's arguably the best speaker implementation on a flagship phone
  • The phone is also filled with some of the best audio specs, including DTS:X 3D Sound through any wired headphones, and a 32-bit HiFi Quad DAC with 50% reduced noise - you’re going to be able to hear the difference if you’re an audiophile
  • Supports fast charging, and wireless charging
  • On the whole, the LG G7 ThinQ is a largely risk-averse flagship smartphone that's meant to be smart, not flashy - to that, it's able to do justice, and is arguably LG's best phone in years - it will likely compete well in the market as a cheaper flagship alternative to the Galaxy S9 series, being one step behind it only in the camera department - although it will also face tough competition on the other end from even cheaper flagships like the OnePlus 6
  • Beautiful, attractive design that builds off the GS8 - it's tall, slim, and goes lean on bezels
  • Excellent, water-resistant build
  • Beautiful, vibrant 6.3-inch 'Infinity Display' is a joy to use
  • Samsung's new UI over Android continues to be one of the most refined, well done UIs out there
  • The top-of-the-line processor (comparable to the Snapdragon 835), along with a meaty 6GB of RAM ensures some of the best performance you can get from a smartphone
  • Samsung's first foray into dual camera setups tops Samsung's already excellent S8 and S8 Plus cameras - can create some pretty amazing depth-effect portraits, especially in good lighting - you can also adjust the blur intensity before you take the photo, and even afterwards in edit mode, which is a great feature - in addition, the Note 8 automatically saves a wide-angle version of the picture as well as the artistic portrait, so you can hop back and forth between the two
  • The photos are excellent, with sharp detail and strong color reproduction - low-light and night shots also come out fairly good
  • OIS on both rear lenses helps keeps videos smoother than they otherwise would be when you're walking, jogging and driving a car
  • Camera-wise, this is right up there with the best of the lot, including the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Pretty good loudspeaker
  • Good battery life - keeps enough charge to get through a day, even with the very heavy use
  • Wireless charging support is there too
  • The S Pen Stylus comes with a boatload of stylus tricks, and it gives some real efficiencies that you don't get on any other phone - the top of that list of course is the ability to quickly jot down notes anywhere
  • Expandable storage is useful, and something missing on many other flagships
  • On the whole, this is the most feature-rich Android phone you can buy, and retakes the throne as the ultimate Android phone for now
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Face unlock is a little on the sluggish side
  • Battery capacity is decent (will last the day with moderate use), but could have been better, considering the competition
  • This is of course a big phone, and the tall size makes reaching certain spots difficult
  • The awkwardly placed, off-center, fingerprint reader repeats what was the Galaxy S8's most important design flaw
  • The Notes app that goes along with the stylus could do with a refresh, and can be more intuitive - it isn't always easy to figure out how to do exactly what you want, including how to get in and out of tools
  • With Samsung stuffing a ton of new tools into the camera app, filters and menus can be sometimes harder to find
  • Battery life is good, but not outstanding, like some other competing flagships
  • On the whole, while its the most feature-rich Android phone out there, for most people the Note 8 will tend to have more features than they need - and outside of the stylus, and the dual camera setup, it will provide little reason to upgrade from the already excellent Galaxy S8 or S8+
Expert Reviews
  1. Deserves a solid recommendation
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A flagship phone worth owning
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Does everything right except excite you
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. LG’s best flagship smartphone in years if all you care about are the basics
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. From a pure value point of view, the G7+ Thinq is hard to beat
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Challenges the conventional thinking that a premium flagship has to come with a premium price tag
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. In particular, the LG G7+ ThinQ will appeal to users who are looking for better audio on their smartphones
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. A worthy contender, among flagships
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Comes very close to being a great phone
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Close to greatness in parts, the LG G7 feels like it needed a bit more time on the drawing board
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Probably the most sensible product from LG in a long time
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The G7+ Thinq will not blow you away, but is a solid alternative to the OnePlus 6
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A feature packed alternative to the OnePlus 6
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Unless you’re specifically looking for the phone with the best sound, I probably wouldn’t recommend the LG G7 Thinq as your first option
    pcworld.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Definitely worth considering over other pricey devices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  35. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. independent.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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  13. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
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  16. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. indiatoday.intoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  21. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  26. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
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