GPU Performance

GPU performance again is a known vector for the G7 as it should not differ from other Snapdragon 845 devices. The only way the G7 is to distinguish itself from other phones is in terms of the device’s thermal dissipation design and the resulting sustained performance.

3DMark Sling Shot 3.1 Extreme Unlimited - Physics

In the CPU-bound 3DMark Physics test the main factor for lower sustained performance is the throttling levels imposed by the thermal drivers. Here the G7 ends up as the worst Snapdragon 845 device with a 40% performance regression compared to its peak performance.

3DMark Sling Shot 3.1 Extreme Unlimited - Graphics

When looking at 3D/GPU performance we however see the G7 perform quite well as it manages to surpass sustained performance of other Snapdragon 845 devices, bar the OnePlus6’s excellent results.

As a reminder, the sustained performance scores are done by continuously running the workload under constant environmental conditions until its performance no longer degrades (and it reaches thermal equilibrium).

GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 Off-screen

In GFXBench Manhattan again the G7 performs great as it manages to shrink the peak-to-sustained performance delta, again only trailing the OnePlus 6.

GFXBench T-Rex 2.7 Off-screen

Finally for the T-Rex test we see a similar advantage over Xiaomi and Samsung’s S845 phones. I re-verified the scores of the latter by running them again side-by-side to the G7 and OnePlus 6 to eliminate any concerns of changing environmental conditions and indeed the resulting scores were identical.

While not matching the OnePlus 6 – the G7 does fare quite well against all other devices. Like on the OP6, I’m not sure if this is due to a better thermal design of the phone or if there’s been a rework in the thermal drivers. What can be said however is that the G7, like the OP6, does exhibit lower temperature hotspots during testing than the MIX 2S and S9+. I verified the power consumption of the G7 to also eliminate the possibility of a potentially more efficient chip bin and again the power matched that of previous S845 phones, so like on the OP6, the better performance cannot be attributed to lower power.

System Performance Display Measurement & Power


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  • collegsd - Friday, April 12, 2019 - link
  • amosbatto - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - link

    There is not a single smartphone on the market that I want to buy, because I want three features:
    3.5mm audio jack, dual front facing speakers and a removable battery.
    19.5:9 screens and bezelless design offers nothing useful in my opinion.
    I really hate being forced to buy a new phone, just because the battery no longer holds a decent charge after 500 discharge cycles. I really wish that tech reviewers would talk about how hard it is to replace the battery and how well the phone is designed to survive drops. I could care less about CPU benchmarks, compared to how long the phone will last.
  • eastcoast_pete - Friday, August 24, 2018 - link

    Well, I am in your boat. Recently decided to go back to the future, bought a new-in-box V20 with warranty for about $ 250 with taxes, added a big ass replacement battery with (claimed) 6800 mAh (vs. the 3200 stock) for about $30, and - so far, so good. The phone is bulky, due to its necessary bigger replacement back, but I am Ok with that. Battery seems to be living up to its specs (6 weeks in), easily get 2 days of full use, despite Snapdragon 820 and bright screen setting. Wish many of the LG apps would be better or could be uninstalled or at least disabled, but the V20 seems to be as good as it gets if one wants a 16:9 screen, a removable battery, and decent phone performance. I suggest LG also goes "back to the future" and makes the next V phone (V40?) with a removable battery once again - there is a market there that Samsung is not serving. Reply
  • Ultraman1966 - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - link

    You can't use the biggest disappointment twice in the review when it lists two different things!!! Reply
  • al3xisss - Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - link

    Do you know if they have pushed a software update to fix the display and camera calibration? Reply
  • Archipelago - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Thanks for the great review. The wide angle camera is a critical feature for me. I have a V20 and a G6 and was hoping that the G7 would be my next phone, a phone with a better camera than the G6. I guess I will hold on to the G6. I too hope that LG will have a software fix for the camera problems, but I am dubious. LG seems to produce, sell and forget. Reply
  • joser0913 - Saturday, December 29, 2018 - link

    I think this is a very fair review for the G7. I've had it for 1 week and almost all the reviews are accurate. I just want to mention one thing that I think should have been mentioned in the conclusions of the review. Is this phone better for audiophiles? That is a point of sale for some people and should have been directed properly
    In addition, he did not mention the DTS: X 3D Surround function, which can be enjoyed in some scenarios (movies and some games).
  • Hrel - Monday, January 28, 2019 - link

    I can't believe you test Huawei but not Sony smartphones. Sony makes the best value smartphones period, review them. Reply
  • Sakisucc - Sunday, February 3, 2019 - link

    The audio recordings from LG G7 Fit are total crap. There are lack of bass and mid frequencies. Same problem is in Video records. Too much only high trebles and noise, pair this with too aggressive noise reduction and you have just unusable sound.
    I must sell that phone is ASAP

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