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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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Apple iPad explodes inside an Amsterdam store

Three employees treated for minor injuries

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It looks like this exploding gadget trend isn’t ending any time soon.

The latest casualty happened in Amsterdam, Netherlands — inside an official Apple store, no less.

An iPad on display burst because of a leaking battery, causing minor injuries to three employees inside the store. Everyone was subsequently evacuated and the local fire brigade checked the scene for damages.

Fortunately, the three employees suffered only respiratory issues based on the latest report. In addition, there was no actual fire involved.

Apple is still investigating the incident and has yet to release a public statement.

This isn’t the first time Apple is facing problems with exploding products, but these cases are still too rare to cause widespread fear or a recall.

At least the device wasn’t bitten this time.

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Netflix is testing engagement by putting ads between episodes

Netflix, no chill

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How would you feel if, after a long day at work, you were relaxing and catching up on a series you’ve been excited to binge, and it gets interrupted by “But first, check out…” followed by a trailer of another show? If you’re miffed at the thought then you should sip your most calming tea, because that’s exactly what Netflix has started to do.

The streaming big shot has confirmed to Ars Technica that this move is a test to see whether or not inserting these ads would help speed up viewers’ discovery of new titles that they’ll like. Right now, these ads only appear for some people globally, but Netflix did not confirm how long this test will last.

The move has garnered some backlash from users encountering the ads, but Netflix has said that, although they are aware of the “chatter on social channels,” their focus is more on the engagement to these ads and that this is what will determine a wider rollout in the future.

If you find yourself faced with these ads though, apparently you can opt out of these tests. That way, you’ll still be able to Netflix, chill, and binge watch the night (and/or day) away.

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Huawei’s Nova 3 to go on open sale starting August 23

More than 50 million units have been shipped globally

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Just last month, Huawei launched the Nova 3 and 3i in India, and since then the duo has been up for purchase via flash sales in India. The company says the two phones have garnered incredible response globally and more than 50 million units have been shipped as of now.

Huawei has announced that the Nova 3i’s next flash sale will be held on August 21. On the other hand, the more powerful Nova 3 will be available via open sales (not flash) starting August 23, 1 PM. Both phones are exclusively sold on Amazon.in, and Prime members can order the Nova 3 from 12 noon itself.

The Nova 3 is priced at INR 34,999 (US$ 500) and competes against the mighty OnePlus 6. The phone has an edge over the OnePlus counterpart thanks to the beautiful glass backing that has nice color gradients. It features Huawei’s latest processor along with added AI capabilities and a GPU Turbo mode for a more refined gaming experience.

The phone comes with a host of offers including zero fee EMI and screen protection insurance. American Express cardholders are eligible for an instant cashback of INR 3,000, while telecom operator Jio is bundling along 100GB of data worth INR 3,300 along with the phone.

The Nova 3i is a midrange phone that features the same premium glass backing along with a slightly weaker processor. Though, it also houses a host of AI-powered features along with the popular GPU Turbo mode.  The phone is priced at INR 20,990 and competes against the Honor Play, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Mi A2.

The Nova 3i too has many offers bundled along, including an instant five percent discount when purchased via HDFC credit and debit cards. Zero-fee EMI options up to nine months are also available.

The two phones are cheaper siblings of the P20 Pro and feature the same high-end design language along with a suite of smart features thanks to EMUI.

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