Our Opinion

The LG G7 ThinQ is a slightly better phone, but the LG G8s ThinQ is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then LG G7 ThinQ might be a slightly better choice.

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Excellence Score
49.5
47.7
Value for Money Score
46.6
51.6
Price ₹ 48,999 onwards ₹ 35,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 6.21 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3120 pixels (~ 563 pixels per inch) 1080x2248 pixels (~ 402 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
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD, Dolby Vision (HDR10 compliant), Always-on display DCI-P3 100%, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Always-on display, Palm Rejection
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 640
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 16MP 13MP + 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 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1.4um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 12MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 49mm Focal Length (Telephoto); 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, 13MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 14mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60fps; 1080p@240fps, Video HDR, 24-bit/192kHz Stereo sound rec., EIS, Graphy 2.0, Night View, Spotlight, Studio, Portrait mode, Cine Shot, Live Photo, Video Portrait, HDR10 Video Recording, Cine Effect, Time-Lapse Video
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8MP + 3D TOF Camera
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Selfie Light, Beauty Shot 8MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1.12um Pixel Size; AF, TOF 3D camera: F/1.4 Aperture, Display Flash, HDR, Story Shot, Gesture Shot, Auto Shot, Beauty Shot
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB Yes, up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 7.99 mmMedium
Weight 162 gmMedium 181 gmMedium
Width 71.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
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 3550 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 N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4.0 Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
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 Hand ID (Hand Recognition Unlock); Military Grade Compliant (MIL-STD-810G); Wireless charging; Air Motion (Hands-free Gestures); Google Assistant Key; Knock Code; DLNA; NFC; Miracast, MIDI; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DAC; DTS: X Surround Sound
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
  • Looks quite attractive from the back - features a Mirror Finish glass which gives it a striking look
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Water & dust resistant (IP68 rated)
  • Very good OLED display, overall
  • LG's custom launcher is relatively simple
  • Flagship grade performance with the speed beast Snapdragon 855 at the core - everything from daily use to complex games, is a breeze
  • Good triple rear camera setup (12MP f/1.8 standard lens, 12MP f/2.6 telephoto lens and 13MP f/2.4 136 degree ultrawide lens) - offers plenty of flexibility for shot framing, and reasonably good quality for the price bracket
  • Apart from the selfie camera in the front, you have an additional ToF camera - the kind of controls the LG G8S ThinQ offers with the front camera are insane - there is a full studio mode along with the regular portrait mode - where the studio mode goes one step beyond others is in its ability to move the light source in the photo around to suit your mood - overall the G8S ThinQ selfie experience is one of the best on any smartphone
  • Excellent stereo speakers - you get solid sound with more stereo separation than you'd think possible on a device this size - it's really very good
  • Decent battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will get a full day of use (though many competitors do better in this regard)
  • Support for fast charging, wireless charging
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
  • Super-wide notch is almost a bezel in itself, and makes the front of the phone look a bit old-school
  • The display tends to be a bit dull in strong sunlight though - so sunlight legibility is not particularly good
  • Having said that, the custom UI hasn't substantially changed in quite some time - it makes for an ok, 'nothing-special' software experience
  • The key USPs of the LG G8s Thinq - HandID (unlocking the phone by waving your palm in front of the front camera), and Air Gestures (shortcuts that work again on the same principle) don't work too well - they look like they need a lot more work before they are ready for prime time
  • Low-light performance could have been better
  • Overall, the G8s ThinQ is a decent phone, but not a very good one - it especially fails to deliver on it's key 'Air motion' USPs - in a market with many great 'budget flagships' (Redmi K20 Pro, Asus 6Z, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7T), it will find it very tough to compete
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 »
  16. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  24. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. forbes.com hands-on Read Review »
  30. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  32. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  33. recombu.com hands-on Read Review »
  34. thenextweb.com hands-on Read Review »
  35. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. Out of date
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent device for its price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A unique smartphone experience that ticks all the boxes and gives some features which others don’t have
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Could be considered for its comprehensive imaging capabilities and sleek performance....However, its dated design and small screen estate might irk some
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Doesn’t tick all the boxes perfectly, and in this competitive space, brands can’t afford to do that anymore
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. An innovative smartphone that has joined the party late...still, decent value for money
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. LG's lower-cost flagship has impressive overall performance, but its insistence on extra gimmicks doesn't do it any favours in the competitive premium phone space
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  8. Overpriced ...there are better options at this price in the Indian market
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
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