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LG G7 specs vs. Galaxy S9, Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 Plus

How does LG's new phone stack up against its biggest competition?

We've now lived with the pre-production LG G7 ThinQ for five days (that's pronounced thin-kyoo, not "think," by the way). We know a little more about how it compares to phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9,  Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8 Plus. The LG G7 is up-to-date on the most crucial specs, like two rear cameras, the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, Android 8.0 Oreo and water resistance. While it's solid, it's not particularly exciting -- and that might be ok.

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The LG G7's stand out feature is a slim little button on the left side that calls up Google Assistant and a variety of custom commands. (Sorry, you can't reprogram this button.) 

There's also AI software in the camera that automatically identifies scenes and applies the "best" camera settings -- this is the "ThinQ" part of the G7 ThinQ name. It has a headphone jack, and you can choose whether you want to keep the notch design or replace it with a black bar.

For years, the LG "G" phone of the year has come with more moderate specs and a lower price than the Galaxy counterpart. The G7 ThinQ supports wireless charging, and has plenty of storage space and a battery capacity that meets or exceeds most other mainstream phones of its size.

We're still not sure what the LG G7 will sell for, and we can't make any recommendations before fully testing the phone. But on paper, the LG G7 has the makings of a competent phone that will compete against the Galaxy S9, Google's Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

Read our evolving LG G7 review for all the details.

LG G7 specs vs. Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2, iPhone 8 Plus

LG G7 ThinQ Samsung Galaxy S9 Google Pixel 2 iPhone 8 Plus
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch IPS LCD; 3,120 x 1,440 pixels 5.8-inch OLED; 2,960x1,440 pixels 5-inch OLED; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.5-inch LCD; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 563ppi 570ppi 441 ppi 401 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 6x2.8x0.31 in 5.81x2.70x0.33 in 5.7x2.7x0.3 in 6.24x3.07x0.30 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 153.2x71.9x7.9 mm 147.7x68.7x8.5 mm 145.7x69.7x7.8 mm 158.4x78.1x7.5 mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.7 oz, 162g 5.75 oz; 163g 5.04 oz; 143 g 7.13 oz; 202 g
Mobile software Android (8.1?) Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8 Oreo iOS 11
Camera Dual 16-megapixel (71 degree, f/1.6 and 107 degree, f/1.9) 12-megapixel 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel (f/1.9) 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 7-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz) Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Apple A11 Bionic
Storage 64GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 256GB
Expandable storage Up to 2TB 400GB None None
Battery 3,000mAh 3,000mAh 2,700mAh 2,675mAh (Apple doesn't confirm this)
Fingerprint sensor Back Back Back cover Home button (Touch ID)
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C Lightning
Headphone jack Yes Yes No No
Special features Water-resistant (IP68), wireless charging, DTS:X 3D Surround, Quad DAC Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning Google Assistant; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready Water-resistant (IP67), wireless Qi charge-compatible
Price off-contract (USD) TBA Varies: $720-$800 (64GB) $649 (64GB), $749 (128GB) $799 (64GB), $949 (256GB)
Price (GBP) TBA £739 £629 (64GB), £729 (128GB) £799 (64GB), £949 (256GB)
Price (AUD) TBA AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB) AU$1,079 (64GB), AU$1,229 (128GB) AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,479 (256GB)
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Article originally published May 2 at 8:00am and updated May 7 at 2:25pm PT.