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LG G7 ThinQ: A seriously detailed look

Think you know the G7 ThinQ? Think again.

Josh Miller
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Something wonderful happens when you look at phones under a macro lens. Details that I didn't notice with the naked eye become clear. Take the LG G7 ThinQ for example.

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The LG G7 is a high-end Android phone with cutting-edge specs like a blazing-fast Snapdragon 845 processor, dual rear cameras and AI technology inside. There's even a side button that launches Google Assistant.

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Getting up close to the LG logo makes it clear that you're looking at a face. The "L" forms a nose and the "G" rounds out the rest. 

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Here's a look at the dual rear lens 16-megapixel camera and the LED flash. But keep going: We can get get even closer than this.

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LED lights are tiny. On mobile devices, they're really tiny. You can see the rings on the lenses used to disperse and direct the G7's powerful little light source. 

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I focused this shot on the LED flash, but my eye is drawn to the colorfully blurred edge of the phone. 

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Do you see the green, purple, pink and blue lens flare? Lens flare occurs when light scatters due to a brighter light source refracting off of the lens. In this case, it was my camera's flash bouncing off of the LG G7's camera lens. 

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You can see the crystalized surface of the fingerprint sensor, right? In this case, looks are deceiving. The G7's fingerprint sensor isn't rough at all -- it's as smooth as glass.

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The three speaker holes located on the bottom of the LG G7 look tiny in real life and commanding up close. They pump a lot of audio out of a small area.

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You can see some of the 24 pins on this USB-C port. Since the LG G7 has a headphone jack, you won't need a dongle adaptor to plug in your wired headphones. Phew.

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You can clearly see the gold contacts inside the headphone jack -- along with a reflexion of yours truly to the left.

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As a reference, here is the top half of the LG G7. The notch is optional and fits in the time and other notifications on either side.

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You're looking at the right edge of the notch now. It's a little more narrow than the iPhone X notch.

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We are close enough to count each and every pixel on the LG G7's 3,120x1,440-resolution screen. 

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Macro photographs aren't forgiving and this particular image shows dings in the metal edge of the LG G7. It's always good to put a case on a phone on day one, no question about it.

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What are we looking at? A fingerprint and reflection of myself shows how easily glossy phones pick up marks and reflect light -- and how challenging a macro shot can be.

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This logo comes from the phone's back. Notice the "bleed" from the background gray into the darker text.

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I photographed the LG G7 with a 100mm macro F2.8 lens, a Canon 5D Mark III camera, a Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT on camera flash and a tripod.

Hungry for more? Check out our LG G7 review and see my iPhone X macro photos.

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