The LG G7 ThinQ

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Inside the notch, you'll find an earpiece, front-facing camera, and ambient light sensor. I didn't have a lot of time to really dig in here, but I did take a look at the settings for the display notch, which allow you to black out the notch area instead of fill it in with the background.

You might also have spotted from the photograph above that there's one extra key: situated just beneath the volume buttons on the left edge is a digital assistant button, used to call Google Assistant into action. It can not be remapped. Instead of going down the proprietary road, the Korean giant made a decision to stick with Google Assistant, effectively making this the first Google Assistant hardware key to appear on a smartphone. It has a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, no headphone jack and it comes in three finishes, which look fantastic. Oh, and there's a power button on the right - LG has abandoned the rear button scheme entirely, so the fingerprint scanner is now just a fingerprint scanner, and it's well-placed and easy to reach. Interestingly, this increase will come with twice the amount of base. How does it do this?

Whether that means you can ditch the Bluetooth speaker when you're cooking up something in the kitchen remains to be seen, but it certainly feels like a considerable upgrade on puny smartphone offerings of the past.

The 6.1-inch IPS LCD screen also offers some neat new features. The device features a display that is having a maximum brightness of 100 nits making viewing under direct sunlight possible, more on that in another article. A higher figure indicates a brighter display. The smartphone is IP68, and MIL-STD 810G certified, same as previous LG devices. The LG G7 also comes with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and as a result, it becomes the first G-series flagship to come with such a chip. The phone comes in a couple of RAM and storage options- one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and the other one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. That's pretty impressive, and will definitely be an annoyance on the subway. Bring back the days of the LG V20s removable battery! This puts it at neck and neck with the LG G7 ThinQ's design, which yields support for wireless charging. It also works with Quick Charge 4.0, though you'll need to buy a separate charger that works with that standard.

First off, LG's option is nearly guaranteed to be more expensive, but can it outperform the latest OnePlus?

The LG G7 also has two cameras: a regular 16-megapixel sensor with OIS and f/1.6 aperture and a wide-angle 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture and OIS. The former has optical image stabilization to help with shaky hands.

Another new feature arriving on the G7 could be better intelligence. However, the scattergun approach suggests that it can't yet handle complex objects. The second sensor is also a 16-megapixel camera with F / 1.6 aperture, although it is still unclear whether a wide-angle lens is offered here again. And like every other smartphone on the planet, there's a portrait mode that blurs out the background. LG hasn't yet announced pricing and availability details for the United States market, but we expect carriers to start making announcements following the conclusion of LG's press conference on Wednesday.

While the specification isn't overly exciting, the launch price is tipped to be £599/680Euro which puts it well under the launch price of the Sony and Samsung flagships this year.