LG Electronics has officially unveiled its LG G7 ThinQ, joining other major vendors in the 2018 flagship party. The LG G7 ThinQ features an iPhone X-like notch, facial recognition, Quick Charge technology, wireless charging, AI capabilities, a Boombox speaker, and an improved camera. It appears to be a promising choice for people looking to buy a premium smartphone. However, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 could be a lot better than the G7 ThinQ. What’s more, recent reports suggest the Galaxy Note 9 could launch sooner than expected, meaning you won’t have to wait too long.
Galaxy Note 9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: A better display
The LG G7 ThinQ sports a 6.1-inch Quad HD+ FullVision Super Bright display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It offers a brightness of up to 1,000 nits and a resolution of 3120 x 1440p. The display is surrounded by incredibly slim bezels. LG Electronics has used a new M+ LCD panel on its latest flagship instead of an OLED screen. No doubt LG has pushed the limits in LCD technology with its new smartphone, but LCD panels still can’t match the capabilities of an OLED screen.
For the last several years, Samsung’s flagship phones have been winning the crown of the best smartphone display. Samsung’s extensive expertise in the OLED technology will give the Galaxy Note 9 display an edge over the G7 ThinQ. The Galaxy S9 had a peak display brightness of 1,130 nits, even higher than LG G7 ThinQ’s 1,000 nits. The Note 9 is expected to offer even better brightness and color accuracy.
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The Galaxy Note 9 would feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display. Unlike LG, Samsung won’t adopt the display notch. LG insists that the notch is a “new second screen” and that you can hide it via software. But a lot of people don’t like the notch. Samsung has been consistently reducing the size of the top and bottom bezels on its phones without opting for the cutout. The Note 9 is expected to have even slimmer bezels than the Galaxy S9.
Galaxy Note 9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: An in-display fingerprint sensor
Yes, Samsung might finally introduce the optical fingerprint solution with the Note 9. The G7 ThinQ comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Everyone who has used the rear fingerprint sensor on any phone knows that the back panel is not the best place for the fingerprint reader. The Note 9 would integrate the fingerprint sensor under the display, making it ridiculously easy to unlock the phone and authenticate payments.
Samsung owns multiple patents related to the in-display fingerprint technology. A recent patent filed by the Korean company describes a fingerprint scanning module that is placed towards the bottom of the screen. The feature relies on the AMOLED screen’s light emission capabilities to detect the fingerprint details by changing the brightness around the sensor when you touch. Samsung didn’t introduce the fingerprint scanner with the Galaxy S9 because it was slower than the traditional fingerprint readers. The company will hopefully fix the speed issue with the Note 9’s in-display fingerprint reader.
Galaxy Note 9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: A better camera
The LG G7 ThinQ sports a dual camera setup on the back. It consists of a 16MP Super Wide-Angle sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and a 107-degree wide-angle lens. The second one is a 16MP sensor with an f/1.6 aperture and a 71-degree lens. The phone sports an 8-megapixel lens on the front. LG has integrated AI Cam with the Camera app, which automatically analyzes the scene and then adjusts brightness, color and contrast to take the best picture. The G7 ThinQ is also capable of taking portrait mode images and Live Photos.
The Galaxy Note 9’s camera would be an improved version of the camera setup found on the Galaxy S9 Plus. The S9 Plus has a vertically-aligned dual camera setup. It has a 12MP wide-angle lens with variable apertures of f/1.5 and f/2.4 and OIS. The 12MP telephoto lens has a fixed aperture of f/2.4. The phone’s wide-angle lens automatically switches between the two apertures depending on the lighting conditions to take the best possible photos. The S9 Plus also gets a Super Slow-mo feature that can shoot 720p videos at 960 frames per second.
The Note 9 is rumored to borrow variable apertures as well as the super slow-mo feature from the S9 Plus. The G7 ThinQ camera hasn’t yet been tested in the real world. So, it’s difficult to assess its quality. But you are probably aware that LG isn’t known for making the best smartphone cameras. That’s the expertise of vendors such as Samsung, Apple, Google, and Huawei. We expect the Note 9 camera to be superior to the S9 Plus, which is already one of the best in the world.
Galaxy Note 9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: Stylus and multi-tasking
The G7 ThinQ lacks stylus support. In contrast, stylus and multi-tasking have been the USP of the Galaxy Note line for years. Samsung executives have indicated that the S Pen stylus would get a major upgrade with the Note 9. They did not mention how the company would improve the stylus, but we expect it to enhance the multi-tasking capabilities. The current S Pen allows users to create and send Live Messages, create original art using the Pen Up app, write on the idle screen using the Screen Off memo feature, select areas on display for screenshots, and highlight text for translation.
Among other things, the Note 9 is rumored to pack a huge 4,000mAh battery. The device was recently certified in China, indicating that it could launch sooner than usual. Earlier, Korean media had claimed that Samsung was planning to launch the Note 9 in July or August due to poor sales of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Last year’s Note 8 went on sale in September. If you are not in a hurry to upgrade your phone, you should consider waiting for the Note 9.