LG has announced the G7 ThinQ, its 2018 flagship smartphone that succeeds the LG G6 and takes from the LG V30S ThinQ that arrived more recently.

The new device has some stiff competition in the smartphone market though, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9+, Huawei's P20 Pro and Google's Pixel 2 XL all offering plenty.

We've already compared the LG G7 ThinQ to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, as well as the Huawei P20 Pro, but here we are looking at how it stacks up against Google's Pixel 2 XL.

  • G7 ThinQ: Glass and aluminium, dual cameras, Google Assistant button
  • Pixel 2 XL: Mainly aluminium, single camera, squeezable sides
  • Both rear fingerprint sensors
  • Both IP water and dust resistant

The LG G7 ThinQ features an aluminium core with a glass rear. It offers an almost all screen front, with slim bezels at the top and bottom, along with a notch at the top, which can be hidden with software.

There is a vertically-aligned dual rear camera, along with a circular fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, while a Google Assistant launcher button is present on the left and a power button on the right.

The Google Pixel 2 XL offers a predominantly aluminium build with a small glass section on the rear at the top. It has a single camera lens in the top left corner of the rear, while the circular fingerprint sensor sits below the glass section in the centre.

The front of of the Google Pixel 2 XL is almost all screen like many other flagships, but it has small bezels at the top and bottom housing stereo speakers. The sides of the Pixel 2 XL are also squeezable, launching Google Assistant.

The Pixel 2 XL is slightly larger than the LG G7 ThinQ, measuring 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm compared to 153.2 x 71.4 x 7.9mm and it is also heavier at 175g compared to 162g. Both are water and dust resistant, with LG offering IP68 and Google offering IP67.

  • G7 ThinQ: 6.1-inch, MLCD+, Quad HD+ resolution, 564ppi, 19.5:9 ratio
  • Pixel 2 XL: 6-inch, OLED, Quad HD+ resolution, 538ppi, 18:9 ratio
  • Both HDR compatible

The LG G7 ThinQ comes with a 6.1-inch FullView display, boasting a 3120 x 1440 resolution for a pixel density of 564ppi. It has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 which has been achieved by reducing the size of the bottom bezel and it also offers user-selectable display modes, adjusting colour settings to suit the type of content on the screen.

LG opts for a Super Bright LCD display for the G7, with a peak brightness of 1000 nits, with HDR10 compatibility. Most distinct is the notch at the top of the display.

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch Fullscreen display, which has a 2880 x 1440 resolution for a pixel density of 538ppi. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and it offers an aspect ratio of 18:9.

LG Display makes the screen for the Pixel 2 XL and Google opted for an OLED panel, suspected to be the same as the LG V30. It features three colour settings and it too offers support for mobile HDR. 

The real difference here is between OLED and LCD - first impressions are that the LG G7 ThinQ display is lovely and natural.

  • G7 ThinQ: SD845, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD, 3000mAh battery
  • Pixel 2 XL: SD835, 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, no microSD, 3520mAh battery
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack on Pixel 2 XL

The LG G7 ThinQ runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform, supported by 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and microSD for storage expansion. It has a 3000mAh battery capacity that is charged via USB Type-C with fast charging supported.

The G7 ThinQ also comes with DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, a Boombox speaker for increased bass and there is also a four-channel DAC for improved audio through the headphone jack.

The Google Pixel 2 XL runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform, which although older, is still a very capable processor. There is 4GB of RAM on board and a choice of either 64GB or 128GB of memory, neither of which have microSD.

The Pixel 2 XL has a 3520mAh battery capacity, charged via USB Type-C and fast charging is supported again with up to seven hours of battery life for 15-minutes of charge. In terms of audio, you'll find stereo front-firing speakers on the Pixel 2 XL, coupled with 3 mics and noise suppression but no headphone jack.

In this area, the LG phone offers a little more flexibility, as well as the advantage of more modern hardware.

  • G7 ThinQ: Dual rear camera, 8MP front camera, AI Cam
  • Pixel 2 XL: Single rear camera, 8MP front camera

The LG G7 ThinQ comes with a dual rear camera, as mentioned previously. This is made up of a standard 16-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.6 and a 107-degree wide-angle 16-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 aperture.

Users can take advantage of the AI Cam which is on board the G7 ThinQ and you'll also find optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and a manual mode. There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera too.

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a single 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture offering autofocus with laser and dual pixel phase detection, as well as optical and electronic image stabilisation. An 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an aperture of f/2.4 is also present.

The Pixel 2 is regarded as one of the best cameras on the market, but the LG has that unique wide-angle lens.

  • G7 ThinQ: Android Oreo with LG UX 6.0
  • Pixel 2 XL: Android Oreo
  • Both offer Google Assistant 

The LG G7 ThinQ runs on Android Oreo with LG's UX 6.0 user interface over the top, while the Google Pixel 2 XL runs on pure, vanilla Android.

This means with the G7 you'll get Android at the core but with some additions, while the Pixel 2 XL is Android through and through with no unnecessary extras.

The LG G7 ThinQ will also offer AI capabilities though, hence the name, with Google Assistant front and centre and deeply integrated into the ThinQ functions. It will also have its own launch button.

Naturally the Pixel 2 XL also has Google Assistant deeply integrated but rather than a button, it is launched via the squeezable sides or your voice.

  • G7 ThinQ: £TBC
  • Pixel 2 XL: From £699

The LG G7 ThinQ doesn't have a price as yet, though it is expected to hit shelves around the end of May, beginning of June.

The Google Pixel 2 XL starts at £699, with the 128GB model costing £799.

The LG G7 ThinQ offers a more advanced processor, along with a dual rear camera, some promising audio features, microSD support and what the company claims is the brightest smartphone display - and a 3.5mm headphone socket.

The Pixel 2 XL meanwhile, offers one of the best cameras around, pure Android software at the front of the update queue and a lovely solid design. The display isn't the best, but there it a bigger battery than LG's phone. It's also cheaper than it was when it first launched, but bear in mind it is over six months old now and will likely be replaced in October.