iPhone X Camera Compared to LG G7 ThinQ Camera

LG recently released its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G7 ThinQ, which, like flagship smartphones from many other manufacturers, includes a high-quality dual-lens camera that enables impressive photographic capabilities.

In our latest YouTube video, we pitted the G7’s camera against the camera of the iPhone X to compare and contrast the feature set and image quality of the two devices.

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While the iPhone X has a dual-lens setup that includes a wide-angle and a telephoto lens, the G7, like the G6, takes a different approach for its camera setup, introducing both a standard ~71-degree f/1.6 wide-angle lens and an even wider f/1.9 107-degree lens, eschewing telephoto capabilities all together.

Both sensors offer an improved 16-megapixel pixel count, and the standard lens includes support for optical image stabilization and an autofocus system that includes phase detection and laser.

Apple’s iPhone X has a standard 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle lens paired with a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens, which is what Apple uses for its Portrait Mode depth effects. Both wide-angle and telephoto lenses have their purposes, and with LG’s setup, you can take wider landscape shots that fit more of the background in rather than closer portrait images designed to focus on a single subject.

LG’s device also includes a portrait mode-style effect, but the background blurring is done entirely via software rather than through lens technology. LG has included a unique “AI Cam” feature that’s designed to analyze the subjects in the photo and offer up recommendations on how to make adjustments for the best possible photo.

The native camera app on the LG G7 has an option for manual operation and several included photographic modes, while taking manual shots on the iPhone X requires you to download a third-party app.

We’ve got some comparison shots of the two cameras below, along with an Imgur album with all of the images featured in the video at a higher resolution:



The LG G7 and the iPhone X are both capable devices that take high-quality photos, so you won’t go wrong with either one of these smartphones.

We largely preferred the look of the iPhone X photos because of its tendency to capture more natural colors and accurately capture images with a lot of variation in lighting without overexposing elements of the photo, but in a lot of cases, the camera you like best is going to come down to personal taste.

What do you think of the LG G7’s camera? Let us know in the comments.

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LG Denies Copying iPhone X’s Notched Design With New G7 Smartphone

LG has denied copying the iPhone X’s notched design with its latest G7 ThinQ smartphone, unveiled on Wednesday, according to The Korea Herald.



“We planned the notch design before Apple,” said Hwang Jeong-hwan, chief of LG’s mobile division, in an interview. “The display design may look similar to that of other smartphones, but boasts differentiated features.”

LG is one of several Android smartphone makers that have unveiled iPhone X lookalikes in the months following the debut of Apple’s flagship handset, alongside the likes of Asus, Huawei, and others. One notable holdout is Samsung, with its latest Galaxy S9 devices retaining uniform top and bottom bezels.



Google introduced support for “the latest edge-to-edge screens” with a “display cutout for camera and speaker” in Android P, the next major version of its mobile operating system that will be seeded to devices like the G7 ThinQ.

Apple has previously said the iPhone X reflects the next decade of smartphones, suggesting the controversial notch will remain for the foreseeable future. However, a questionable report from Korean website ET News recently suggested that Apple may remove the notch from iPhones starting with 2019 models.

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LG has done a really terrible job keeping the G7 ThinQ under wraps. But clearly the company doesn’t mind. Building up the hype cycle is clearly more important to the handset maker than any kind of big reveal. In addition to leaked images from nearly every angle, the company has already issued several official press releases ahead of today’s big unveil in New York.

As numerous photos have already suggested, LG’s the latest company to go all in on the notch. There’s a big one up top that will no doubt evoke Apple’s new flagship for many users — though the G7’s cutout is smaller than the iPhone’s, and the curved bottom bezel is a bit larger.

In a prebrief ahead of today’s announcement, a spokesperson for the company said LG anticipates that the notch will be a fact of life on high-end handsets for the next one and a half or two years, as phone makers work to figure out the ideal solution for going full screen. A display manufacturer itself, the company floated its own flexible display tech as a potential workable solution.

LG’s settling on this as the latest iteration of the “second screen” feature found on the V20. Here, however, that refers to FullVision — essentially an optional black bar that sits on either side of the notch, creating the appearance of a flush top bezel.

Notch aside, the screen is a 6.1-inch QHD+, which works pretty well in sunlight, courtesy of a boost button. LG’s also put some effort into the phone’s speakers, which, until recently, have been one of the most overlooked pieces of most phones. These get really loud — in a demo, we were able to hear music pretty clearly played across the room.

The real centerpiece is, as the name suggests, ThinQ. That’s the AI camera the company introduced at MWC with the latest iteration of the V30S. It’s a neat feature that’s some combination of flashy gimmick and genuinely useful feature. Essentially the system utilizes AI features to identify what it’s shooting and adjust accordingly. It also shows its work in the process, flashing seemingly random words on screen as it attempts to figure out what it’s looking at.

I didn’t get to spend much time with the device this time out, but it did a pretty admirable job figuring out when people were in the room. In all, the system has 18 shooting modes — around double the amount rolled out on the V30S. New additions include:

  • Baby
  • Pet (In addition to Animal)
  • Beverage
  • Snow
  • Sky

Of note is the low-light camera, which “increases the brightness of each shot.” It’s not really on the level of Huawei’s latest offering, and does appear to still include a fair amount of noise on dark shots, however. The handset also gets a Portrait Mode, which brings a familiar approximation of the bokeh effect, introducing blur in the background to help frame the subject. Like Samsung’s offering, the effect can be adjusted after the fact.

The handset has a devoted side button, dedicated to Google Assistant. LG has no plans to let users assign different features, but will do so if enough users request it. Built-in far-field voice technology also helps Assistant hear voices in a noisy setting.

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Samsung May Remain Exclusive Supplier of OLED Displays in 2018 iPhones Due to LG’s Reported Production Issues

LG Display is widely considered to be ramping up its OLED display production capabilities in hopes of securing orders for Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup, expected to be released later this year, but mass production challenges have caused the company to fall behind schedule, according to The Wall Street Journal.



The report, citing people familiar with the matter, claims that Apple recently subjected LG to a third round of prototype production for the OLED displays, described as an extra step that most suppliers don’t go through for many components.

As a result, opinions within Apple are divided on whether LG Display will complement Samsung as a second source of OLED displays for the upcoming iPhones, according to the report. However, analysts at investment firm Susquehanna estimate that Apple will supply as much as 20 percent of OLED displays for the 2018 lineup.

By securing orders from both Samsung and LG for OLED displays, Apple could benefit from more competitive prices and increased supply. Samsung is also one of Apple’s largest rivals, so it’s easy to see why Apple is aiming for diversification.

Should LG not be in a position to supply Apple with OLED displays for the next iPhones, it’s unlikely that customers will notice much of an impact. If anything, availability of Apple’s second-generation iPhone X and rumored iPhone X Plus could be slightly tighter, but supplies are typically limited at launch regardless.

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