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LG G7+ ThinQ Smartphone

LG Electronics recently announced their latest flagship smartphone, the LG G7+ThinQ Smartphone in Singapore. At the official launch event here in Singapore, I had a short hands on experience with the latest LG G7+ ThinQ smartphone. This is a smartphone that has artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, clear amd super bright display screen and surround sound features.

Take a look at the YouTube video below! The famous Korean pop boy band BTS is giving the LG G7+ ThinQ smartphone a lot of attention worldwide, with their television commercial and endorsements!

There were two features that caught my attention when I was trying out the LG G7+ ThinQ smartphone at the launch event, AI Camera and the audio experience. The AI Camera is pretty impressive and you can view a short video of the LG G7+ ThinQ AI Camera feature, shot in 4K video at the official launch event using the Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera that I am reviewing recently.

Let me share some information and details of the LG G7+ ThinQ smartphone below:

Camera with Enhanced AI Capabilities

The LG G7+ThinQ comes with an 8MP front camera and 16MP rear camera in both standard and Super Wide Angle configurations. The AI features of LG’s smartphone cameras have also been enhanced since they were first introduced in the LG V30S+ThinQ. The AI CAM offers 19 shooting modes, an increase from its previous 8, for even more intelligence-optimized shots. Users can improve their photos further by selecting from three other effect options for one that truly suits their tastes.

When it comes to low light photography on the LG G7+ThinQ, its new Super Bright Camera brightens images up to four times more than typical photos shot in dim light. Through the combination of pixel binning and software processing, the AI algorithm adjusts the camera settings automatically when shooting in low light.

LG has also added new features that make photography on the LG G7+ThinQ even more enjoyable than ever. Live Photo mode records one second before and after the shutter is pressed for snippets of unexpected moments or expressions that would normally be missed. Stickers uses face recognition to generate fun 2D and 3D overlays such as sunglasses and headbands that can be viewed directly on the display.

New to the G series, Portrait Mode generates professional looking shots with out-of-focus backgrounds. This bokeh effect can be generated using either the standard or SuperWide Angle lens, giving shutterbugs even more creative options. 

Google Lens and Google Assistant Heighten Convenience for Users

LG G7+ThinQ is one of the first devices to feature the upcoming Google Lens feature, which offers a new way to search for information using the latest in AI and computer vision. Available inside Google Assistant and Google Photos, it can deliver more information on objects such as landmarks, plants, animals, books as well as identify text. Users can also visit websites, add a business card to contacts, add events to the calendar or look up an item on a restaurant menu.

Located just below the volume is a button that launches the LG G7+ThinQ’s AI functions. A single tap of this button will launch the Google Assistant while two quick taps will launch Google Lens, a first on any phone. Users can also hold down the button to start talking to the Google Assistant.

With Super Far Field Voice Recognition (SFFVR) and the smartphone’s highly sensitive microphone, Google Assistant is able to recognize voice commands up to five meters away. The smartphone’s sophisticated Voice AI technology utilizes two integrated microphones to filter out ambient noise to recognize the user’s voice. When paired with the smartphone’s Boombox Speaker feature, SFFVR turns the smartphone into a home AI speaker, and can respond to voice commands from across the living or kitchen. 

Super Bright Display for Sharp, Crisp Imagery  

The LG G7+ThinQ features a 6.1-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) display with a 19.5:9 FullVision screen ratio, and a bottom bezelwhich is almost 50 percent slimmer than the LG G6. Powered by LG’s new LCD technology, Super Bright Display, the LG G7+ThinQ can be viewed easily under direct sunlight with a brightness up to an industry-leading 1,000 nit, displaying 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut.

And depending on the type of content, the display can be set to six different viewing modes: Auto, Eco, Cinema, Sports, Game and Expert.For instance in Auto mode, the phone automatically analyzes the content of games or photosandoptimizes the display andpower consumption. The user can finetune the image even further by adjusting the screen temperature and RGB levels individually.

The LG G7+ThinQ’s New Second Screen gives users flexible options when it comes to setting up the display to fit their taste and style. The display can be fully expanded for a bezel-less look, or with a notification bar thatallows users to change the color for personalization.

An Audio Experience Characterized by Double Bass and Virtual 3D Sound

Available for the first time in the G series, LG G7+ThinQ features Boombox Speaker that utilizes the internal space of the smartphone as a resonance chamber to deliver double the bass compared to conventional smartphones. The result is a powerful “boombox” sound without the need for external speakers. When placed on a solid surface such as a table or in a box, the smartphone utilizes its resonance chamber as a woofer to amplify the bass effect even more.

The LG G7+ThinQ is also the first smartphone to offer DTS:X, capable of delivering virtual 3D sound for all content up to 7.1 channel audio with earphones. Carrying on the heritage of LG’s focus for great smartphone sounds,the LG G7+ThinQretains the popular Hi-Fi Quad DAC feature for an incredibly rich audio experience, especially when paired with high-impedance earphones.

“The launch of LG G7+ThinQ marks a new direction for LG’s smartphones,” said Mr David Yoh, Mobile Communications Business Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “Through the combination of personalized and useful AI functionalities, superbly bright display and sonorous sounds, the LG G7+ThinQwill heighten the smartphone experience.”

Pricing and Availability

Retail Price: S$1,198

Available at M1, Singtel, StarHub and other LG Authorised retailers.

For more information about the LG G7+ThinQ: http://www.lg.com/sg/mobiles

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.1-inch QHD+ 19.5:9 FullVision Super Bright Display (3120 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • Memory: LG G7+ ThinQ: 6GB LPDDR4x RAM / 128GB UFS 2.1 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:

– Rear Dual: 16MP Super Wide Angle (F1.9 / 107°) / 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°)

– Front: 8MP (F1.9)

  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Size: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 162g
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: New Platinum Gray / New Aurora Black / New Moroccan Blue
  • Others: Super Bright Display / New Second Screen / AI CAM / Super Bright Camera / Super Far Field Voice Recognition / Boombox Speaker / Google Lens / AI Haptic / Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / HDR10 / Google Assistant Key / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging / FM Radio

* Informtion and details courtesy of LG Electronics Singapore and Brand Cellar *

Tech in Asia Singapore 2018

Tech in Asia Singapore, a conference for the startups ecosystem, coming together to build and network together over two days. This conference was first conceived in 2012 and Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 was my maiden visit to this conference.

Attending Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 was a great experience for me, listening to great panel sessions across different stages over two days, visiting different companies from various industries, listening to them sharing more about their products, services etc. The areas of business interests presented at this conference are predominantly in the Business to Business (B2B) space, this suits me fine since I am moving into this B2B space, covering on technology, startups and entreprenurship.

Although it was spread over a period of two full days, I wasn’t able to cover everything inside the conference. Using Tech in Asia app and conference guide, I planned out the sessions that I wanted to attend and listen, checked out the startups/technology companies that caught my interest and attention.

Personally, it is divided into something like this

  • Blockchain, cryptocurrency, entrepreneurship/startups, fintech
  • Startups/companies related to photography, travel and hospitality industries

I would share some information on the startups/companies that I visited and had a chat with them, understanding more in-depth of their products/services.

What were some of the key highlights for me during Tech in Asia Singapore 2018?

Day 1

Main Stage

Fireside Chat with Eric Migicovsky

The ideal and perfect session to kickstart Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 after the welcome and opening address. A great sharing session by Eric, the crowds inside the main stage arena were packed, listening to the fireside chat. If you remember Pebble smartwatch, you would know about Eric Migicovsky. Nothing beats listening to the words from Eric, the startup/entrepreuneurial journey that he went through with Pebble.

Start Small, Dream Big, Fight Hard: How Martial Arts is Breaking Through, and So Can You – ONE Championship

Being a sports fan, the growth of ONE Championship was pretty phenomenal. The speaker was Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman & CEO, ONE Championship, gave a pretty rousing and motivational style presentation on ONE Championship, from their humble roots and start, to become world’s fastest growing global sports media property. They don’t just produce heroes in the Asia region, not just sporting fame and success, the impacts go beyond the sporting arena, back to the society and community.

Disruption or Fad: Is Blockchain worth its Byte?

Blockchain is one of the areas that I moving into, learning more and hopefully I can apply its capabilities soon (from a user/marketer perspective). Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 was a good platform for me to attend, listen and learn more. Listening to the panel of speakers sharing on this topic and answering the questions posed by the conference attendees inside the main stage arena, Blockchain is going to grow and the big companies are into it too.

Startup 101

I helped two multinational organisations prepare for a crisis, ask me anything

Through the years inside social media, through my photography, writing, blogging, social media sharing, I have worked with a number of public relations (PR) agencies and I also learned a small bit on their work and job scope. Yet, it’s still good to learn, know and understand more in-depth on PR agencies work for B2B clients. There were some case studies and sharing at this session!

The speaker was Yasmin Hannah Ramle from Edelman, I still remember her when I attended a B2B event that she handled some years back. Oh yes, the facilitator is Renhao, a fellow photographer friend, PR professional, tech geek and now handling content at Tech in Asia.

Day 2

Main Stage

Grab and Our Story of Fierce Optimism

Grab has been in the news recently, making headlines and getting quite a bit of attention from the ground up. I covered some Grab topics previously, I remembered meeting them at Echelon Asia Summit 2016. They had grown and expanded over the years. Cheryl Goh, Group VP of Marketing Grab was the speaker, sharing insights, stories, thoughts into Grab’s business and directions. Watching this space with great interest on Grab moving forward in the near future.

Entrepreneur DNA Decoded: What Makes a Great Founder?

Entrepreneurship and the founder, what makes them click? It’s one hell of a job, entrepreneurial, leadership, management and doing lots of work/things from the ground up. The experiences and journeys, pricless.

Beyond Cash: The E-Payments Opportunity for Singapore

Are we ready for cashless payments? Have we adapted fast enough towards E-Payments in Singapore? Some interesting and useful insights shared by the panel of speakers. My personal perspective, it’s on the move up, might take a while more before more goes on board E-Payments and beyond cash.

Blockchain Stage

Asian Blockchain Investment Trends

Blockchain is making headway into the Asian market, I reckon it’s going to be an engine of growth in the near future as well as being a disruptor.

A few companies/topics caught my interest when I visited Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 conference. As I mentioned earlier at the start of my article:

– Blockchain, cryptocurrency, entrepreneurship/startups, fintech

– Startups/companies related to photography, travel and hospitality industries

I would share in another article in the area of startups/companies related to photography, travel and hospitality industries participating at this conference in my photography/travel blog (I would update here again when the article is published)

Just to highlight and share two startups here that I had a chat with (on blockchain related industries):

Ikibook– A blockchain ecosystem for the creative industries, musicians, artists, photographers, creatives, this would interest them. Keep a lookout!

Katalyst– A blockchain platform that accelerates growth of disruptive business and communities.

Two full days at Tech in Asia Singapore 2018, definitely an eye-opener for me, especially the B2B technology sector, startups and entrpreneurship. My personal views are that these particular sectors would the new age growth and expansion in today’s economy and society. All these have been my interest and it might just be my “next port of call” together with my photography business and technology writing.

Due to the number of panel/sharing sessions and chats with some of the startups, I didn’t do “extensive homework” style, taking down notes and points over two days of conference. Nevertheless, I hope speaking and writing in short summary stories would help provide more insights into them, thus generating more interest and support for the industries, startups etc etc.

 ** I would like to thank Lewis PR for the invitation to Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 conference! **

Tired, rested and back striving forward

I was burnt out, this is not about me ranting, for me, this is to acknowledge and tell myself that such things happen from time to time. The only solution is to pick yourself up from the fall and continue striving forward in the journey that you started.

For a few days, I couldn’t get my articles/things done, it was just sitting there. I decided that taking a break for a day is needed. Not many people know about the difficulties, struggles, stress and pressure of running a business (small sole proprietorship), this doesn’t help when friends asked about you with a kind and concerned heart but using a very lousy mouth and evil tongue.

Taking photographs that is totally leisure, fun and free is a theraphy for me, I continued taking photographs with my Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera review set, this helped me to get myself back on my feet again.

After attending a networking session, I had a good chat with the people there. While walking to the MRT station, I saw a cityscape scenery that I took for granted since I stay in Singapore and I have regularly seen this whenever I passed by it.

This is like “a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”, there might be a new opportunity is coming up, I have to continue striving in this journey ahead.

While I had some down time a few days back, I received a mention in a comment on Instagram, I checked out the post and the description. Yes, I shot the photos a few months back at Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand. However, I was touched and grateful by the words shared inside this instagram post by Tiffany Yong ???and Peps Goh ???, a testimonial to my unglamorous behind the scenes work during our recent trip to Chiang Mai – https://www.instagram.com/p/BjKRa4CAJIM/

Getting my energy level up and recharged, I am going to continue striving forward in my adventure.