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LG G7 ThinQ now official with notched FullVision display, Snapdragon 845

The company’s new and refined flagship phone

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It’s finally official. The newest premium phone from LG has been unwrapped and it’s everything we knew it would be. Is there something about the LG G7 ThinQ that would excite consumers anew?

Getting straight to the point, the LG G7 ThinQ doesn’t look any different from other new (and upcoming) Android phones with its notched screen. It’s got a 6.1-inch FullVision HDR display with a QHD+ resolution. LG claims it can reach 1,000 nits of brightness thanks to its RGBW panel that covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut similar to what professionals use. The company also included some of its TV technologies with screen modes on the G7 ThinQ to make it more exciting.


LG G7 ThinQ meets the LG G6

The design of the G7 ThinQ is a refinement of the G6’s and V30’s. It’s still made mostly of glass with an aluminum frame rounded corners. It’s also water and dust resistant like before. The back is undeniably similar to the V30’s but the dual rear cameras are positioned vertically.

Speaking of, the dual camera setup is still a combination of a regular f/1.6 shooter and an ultra-wide angle with an f/1.9 aperture. Both rear cameras have 16-megapixel sensors, so either camera can shoot quality photos even in low light. For selfies, an 8-megapixel f/1.9 front-facing camera is neatly hidden in the notch.

Since it’s a ThinQ-branded phone, artificial intelligence is definitely on board. LG’s AI Cam first debuted on the V30S ThinQ and is now improved on the G7 ThinQ with the ability to identify 19 different objects and provide color filters, accordingly. Portrait mode is also available with the help of the secondary rear camera.

LG G7 ThinQ can take a dip in fresh water

The rest of the specifications of the G7 ThinQ are similar to other 2018 premium phones in the market. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. Thankfully, the G7 ThinQ is rocking the latest processor and doesn’t have the same fate of the G6 that launched with an old chipset.

The device’s 3000mAh battery might not be impressive for a large phone, but at least it supports wireless charging. A Hi-Fi Quad DAC is also present along with a new BoomBox down-firing loudspeaker for high-quality audio on the go. It’s worth noting that unlike last year, both wireless charging and Quad DAC features will be available to all regional variants.

The LG G7 ThinQ will be available in Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, Platinum Gray, and Raspberry Rose.

SEE ALSO: LG G7 ThinQ Hands-on: Ticks off all the boxes

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Redmi 7A offers a solid budget phone experience

Continuing the legacy of great value

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When we first reviewed the Redmi 5A, we dubbed it the best smartphone you could buy below US$ 100. But then the Redmi 6A happened, and it wasn’t nearly as impressive. Fast forward to the Redmi 7A, which looks to bring Xiaomi’s entry-level A-series back to its roots.

Xiaomi once again placed a capable Snapdragon chipset in its lowest-end Redmi model. This time, it’s the Snapdragon 439. With the 4000mAh battery, this phone is built to last long on a single charge.


The memory and storage options of 2GB+16GB and 3GB+32GB aren’t as impressive, especially against today’s standards, but as the previous two generations had proven. they’re sufficient for basic apps and tasks.

On the back is a single 13-megapixel camera while the front houses a standard 5-megapixel shooter. As for the display, it’s a 5.45-inch 720p LCD with no notch or hole in it. Once again, there’s no fingerprint scanner to be found.

Indeed, this is as basic as it gets for a smartphone, but like the Redmi 5A and 6A, the Redmi 7A is suitable for first-time smartphone users and those who needs an inexpensive secondary phone.

While no official pricing has been announced yet, it’s expected to retail for no more than US$ 100 like its predecessors. We’ll learn more during the Redmi K20 launch happening on May 28.

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Huawei’s phones can’t use microSD cards anymore

Another casualty of the ban

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Everyone knows what happened to Huawei. As the week winds down, the Trump ban is dismantling the Chinese company piece by piece. Most notably, Google has stopped its business dealings with Huawei. Soon after, hardware company ARM ceased support for future Huawei chips. Huawei has lost considerable support on both hardware and software sides.

Now, the company has lost another major backer. Reported by Nikkei Asian Review, the SD Association has revoked Huawei’s membership status. As the name suggests, the trade group dictates the SD and microSD standards of the industry. The Chinese company cannot use the standard for future devices anymore. Fortunately, Huawei can still use the memory cards for existing phones.


However, the latest bridge-burning has drastically changed the company’s future. Given everything, Huawei’s future does not include Google, ARM, and microSD extensions, among others. All three components are major parts of today’s phones.

Fortunately, the loss of microSD support isn’t a deadly deal. Huawei can still use other standards for memory card extension. The company also has its own proprietary standard called the Nano Memory Card. Of course, proprietary hardware is almost always a turn-off. Despite cushioning the SD Association loss, the Nano Memory Card isn’t as appealing as the universally available microSD card.

In other news, Huawei has also “temporarily” lost access to the Wi-Fi Alliance. Much like the SD Association, the Wi-Fi Alliance dictates the connectivity standards of devices. Thankfully, Huawei can still use Wi-Fi in its devices. However, the company cannot participate in any discussions to shape Wi-Fi’s future.

Likewise, Huawei has voluntarily withdrawn from JEDEC, a trade group that defines semiconductor standards. As with the Wi-Fi Alliance, the company cannot contribute to any future discussions.

Fortunately, both restrictions don’t impact the company’s future as much. However, Huawei’s future is slowly moving away from industry standards. If the company hopes to survive, Huawei must develop its own proprietary hardware or find replacements elsewhere.

SEE ALSO: Philippines: Huawei ban ‘will have a little impact’ on the country

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Philippines: Huawei ban ‘will have a little impact’ on the country

States the Philippines’ robust cybersecurity measures

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Throughout the past few days, the Huawei debacle has devastated companies and consumers across the globe. Everyone is falling for the fear. Huawei’s long-standing suppliers have cut ties with the company. Huawei’s consumers are getting rid of their favored headsets. The wave has swept the whole world.

Naturally, the Philippines isn’t immune. Recently, smartphone retailers and resellers have started refusing Huawei devices from their stores. Local Huawei users can’t easily sell their devices to the second-hand market anymore.


However, an important question still stands. How much will the Huawei ban affect the Philippines?

Of course, the ban originates from Trump’s trade war against China. Among other reasons, the American government cites the company’s inherent cybersecurity risks as the prime motivator. Supposedly, Huawei’s telecommunications hardware can transmit valuable data to the Chinese government. Given the Philippines’ proximity to China, are we also at risk?

According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Huawei’s ban “will have a little impact in the Philippine telecommunications industry.” Shared through a Facebook post, the DICT assures users of the country’s robust cybersecurity measures. As of now, the department has not reported any cybersecurity breaches coming from Huawei equipment.

Likewise, shortly after the news broke, local telcos confirmed continued support for Huawei’s devices. According to the DICT, “they will diversify in their present and future procurements of equipment to make their networks more robust and future proof.” The department is also imposing strict rules on local telcos regarding network monitoring. The statement also quickly adds the imposition of the same rules on a potential third telco.

Is the DICT’s statement believable? For now, Huawei’s impact is still marginal at best. Companies and consumers are going on the perceived risk of the future. Right now, Huawei has not announced drastic changes to its products yet. Existing Huawei products still support Google.

Of course, cybersecurity is another issue. The risk will always exist when foreign companies control the telecommunications equipment of another country. At the very least, the DICT isn’t treating the whole debacle as a non-issue. Hopefully, the department’s promises are an optimistic sign for the country’s telecommunications industry.

SEE ALSO: Huawei granted 90-day extension before total ban

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