The LG G7 has had a long and strange road to release, at least from an outsider's perspective. A flurry of reports back in January indicated that LG would delay the launch of its newest smartphone; that it might ditch the "G" branding entirely; even that it was considering redesigning the flagship "from scratch." Well as it turns out, only one (and a half) of those predictions panned out: the phone was indeed delayed from its expected February release until May, and while the G brand remains, it's now augmented by the "ThinQ" suffix LG is slapping on all its AI-enabled products.

Sadly, the rumor that the company would dump the iterative approach in order to completely rethink its smartphone strategy proved false: the G7 is an LG phone through and through. That carries a lot of positives, from the superwide cameras to MIL-STD durability to an impressive new audio system – but it also means LG is likely to focus its marketing on the phone's more buzzworthy (and far less impressive) "AI" features.

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I've spent four days with the LG G7 ThinQ. Join me for the Initial Review / Hands-On – and stay tuned for the full LG G7 Review coming soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out Android Central's comprehensive hands-on preview here!

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