LG confirms LG G7 ThinQ launch for 2 May

Alex Kidman 11 April 2018 NEWS

LG's AI-assisted flagship will be with us at the start of next month.

One of the more surprising omissions from this year's Mobile World Congress was the appearance of a genuinely new LG flagship phone, with the South Korean manufacturer instead opting to announce a "ThinQ" variant of its existing LG V30 handset, in line with its ThinQ branding and AI ambitions unveiled at CES 2018.

It has been expected for some time that the next phone in its LG G series would bear ThinQ branding and features, and LG itself has confirmed that in a media release that details its plans around the launch of what will be called the LG G7 ThinQ.

The LG G7 ThinQ will see dual launches in New York at Metropolitan West in Manhattan on 2 May 2018, and then in Seoul's Yongsan Ip Park Mall on 3 May 2018.

The focus for LG is rather firmly on its AI facilities, which for the V30 ThinQ included an expanded range of Google Assistant commands and scene detection modes for the inbuilt camera. That puts it in very similar territory to Huawei's Mate 10 and Huawei P20 phones, both of which use AI-assistance for camera modes, so it will be interesting to see what new AI tricks LG unveils for the LG G7 ThinQ.

In pure specification terms, the LG G7 ThinQ is expected to run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC. Depending on when LG Australia actually launches the LG G7 ThinQ in Australia, it may well beat Sony's already announced Sony Xperia XZ2 to market here as the first Snapdragon 845 handset available locally.

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