LG G7 specs vs. the V30 and G6: How LG's latest phone is different

How the LG G7 ThinQ compares to other LG phones you can buy.

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For deal sniffers, one of the best parts of watching a new phone go on sale is the deal you get when previous models go on sale. So you may be wondering just how big a change the new LG G7 ThinQ is from last year's LG G6 and fall's LG V30 (there's also the V30S ThinQ that LG announced in March, but it sells in a limited number of countries).

Is it worth the upgrade, or should you buy one of the other LG phones instead?

Since I haven't fully tested the LG G7, I can't compare its actual speed, battery life or camera capabilities to any other phone. But what I can do is call out some of the key differences, and leave the specs for you to peruse below.

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LG G7 basics

  • Tall, narrow body with larger screen than G6 and V30
  • Hardware button opens Google Assistant
  • You can extend the visible screen by choosing the "notch" layout, otherwise, you'll see a black bar and no notch
  • It keeps the headphone jack
  • Water resistant, with wireless charging
  • Colors: Raspberry rose, platinum grey, aurora black, new moroccan blue

The LG G6: Size matters

The LG G7 is a slightly larger device than the LG G6, but it feels slimmer and lighter, despite weighing exactly the same.

LG slimmed down the viewing angles on the two rear cameras, but you'll see more megapixels for selfies. There's double the built-in storage, but LG shaved back the battery capacity ever so slightly. It'll be interesting to see if that makes much of a difference -- the Snapdragon 845 processor inside promises up to 30 percent more power efficiency.

Between the up-to-date Snapdragon chip and Android 8.0 software, I'm expecting the LG G7 to feel much snappier than the G6.

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The LG V30: Check the battery

These two phones have just about the same dimensions, and really, the LG G7 is just a half-step up from the V30 when you match up the specs.

The G7's camera equipment has supposedly gotten another upgrade on both the front and back, and there are those visual design changes like the notch. There's the same issue of a slightly smaller battery (3,300mAh on the V30 and 3,000mAh on the LG G6).

LG heavily emphasized the video tools tucked into the V-family since it first debuted. I haven't had a chance to test the video equipment, but I'm expecting those extras to stick with phones such as the V30.

LG G7 ThinQ vs. the LG G6 and LG V30

LG G7 ThinQ LG G6 LG V30
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch IPS LCD; 3,120 x 1,440 pixels 5.7-inch, 2,880x1,440 pixels 6-inch; 2,880x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 563ppi 565ppi 538 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6x2.8x0.31 in 5.9x2.8x0.31 in 6x3x0.29 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 153.2x71.9x7.9 mm 148.9x72.x7.9 mm 151.7x75.4x7.3 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.7 oz, 162g 5.7 oz, 162g 5.57 oz; 158g
Mobile software Android 8.0 Oreo Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Camera Dual 16-megapixel (71 degree, f/1.6 and 107 degree, f/1.9) 13-megapixel, 13-megapixel wide 16-megapixel (standard), 13-megapixel (wide)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel (f/1.9) 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 with Adreno 530 GPU Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Storage 64GB 32GB 64GB, 128GB
Expandable storage Up to 2TB Up to 2TB Up to 2TB
Battery 3,000 mAh 3,300 mAh 3,300 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back Back cover Back cover
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes
Special features Water resistant (IP68), wireless charging, DTS:X 3D Surround, Quad DAC 18:9 sceen ratio, wireless charging, IP68 Water resistant (IP68), wireless charging, wide-angle camera, Floating Bar tab, Gigabit LTE-ready
Price off-contract (USD) TBA AT&T: $720, Sprint: $708, T-Mobile: $650, Verizon: $672, U.S. Cellular: $597.60 Unlocked: $830; AT&T: $810; Verizon: $840: T-Mobile: $800; Sprint: $912
Price (GBP) TBA £649 £800
Price (AUD) TBA AU$1,008 AU$1,199