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LG G7 ThinQ

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LG G7 ThinQ Brings USB PD 3.0, PPS, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ to Major US Carriers

LG was an early adopter of USB Power Delivery and Qi wireless charging technology in its phones with the LG G5 and LG G6 (in addition to supporting Qualcomm Quick Charge). With the LG G7 ThinQ, LG continues its support of both charging technologies but adds Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ which includes USB PD 3.0, PPS (Programmable Power Supply), and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology over USB Type-C. The LG G7 ThinQ declares that it can support 27 watts charging at 5V, 9V, and 12V voltage rails, although in practice we've only seen a max of sustained 15 watts charging. The LG G7 ThinQ does not support DisplayPort video which LG dropped after LG G5.

The LG G7 ThinQ is now the first phone supporting Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, USB PD 3.0, and PPS sold in major US carriers like Verizon, Spring, and T-Mobile. It's also sold in most regions around the world, and we picked up the LG G7 ThinQ at Fortress in Hong Kong.

The main feature highlighted at Fortress was the phone's Boom Box Speaker, where the entire phone acts like a speaker and also delivers sound through a flat surface you put it on. The Boom Box Speaker demo was a bit confusing to use and the Boom Box Speaker feature wasn't articulated well.

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The LG G7 ThinQ box promotes Google and Qualcomm brands. 

Interestingly, the LG G7 ThinQ purchased in Hong Kong restricts the SIM card by region, but Fortress was able to disable this restriction in the store although we had to wait for half an hour to get that done.

The LG G7 ThinQ supports a LG branded Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 charger, a USB Type-C to Type-A cable, 3.5mm audio headphones, replacement earbuds, and documentation.

Despite the phone's support of USB Power Delivery, LG still uses a USB Type-A based Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the box. This charger supports 7.5 watts (5 volts @ 1.5 amps) and 16.2 watts (9 volts @ 1.8 amps) output power.

Rather than using the Quick Charge logo, the charger uses LG's Fast Charge logo.

The LG G7 ThinQ has a sleek design with a nice premium finish.

Like its Korean counterpart Samsung, LG has decided to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack and maintains a three button architecture- volume, assistant, and power.

The highly reflective display surface of the LG G7 ThinQ acts almost like a mirror which can be used when the phone's display is off. This surface is much more reflective than those found on flagship phones from other brands.

Using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to run just a subset of the full USB Power Delivery compliance test suite, we can see that the LG G7 ThinQ supports these PDO's: 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps), 27 watts (9 volts @ 3 amps), and 27 watts (12 volts @ 2.25 amps) for charging. Note some compliance failures were observed.

GRL

DUT Information

Manufacturer

LG

Model Number

G7

Test Information

Date and Time:

20180626_130136

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

084.109.084.066.134.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.4.5

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.5.0.8

Board Calibration

Calibration Success.

App Mode

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS

Tx Mask

true

Rx Mask

false

RX mask Power selection

Neutral Power

Device Type

DRP

Cable IR drop Imp(R)

0

Cable Type.

GRL-Spl-Cable

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS CTS Version

1.06

Noise Pattern Generation:

GEN-2 Noise

VIF info

*Since VIF was not loaded below test results are information Only.

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

Vendor_Name

LG Electronics Inc.

TID

0x0

Type_C

NONE

SOP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Debug_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Debug_Capable

NONE

Manufacturer_Info_Supported_Port

NONE

USB_Comms_Capable

YES

DR_Swap_To_DFP_Supported

YES

DR_Swap_To_UFP_Supported

YES

Externally_Powered

NO

VCONN_Swap_To_On_Supported

NONE

VCONN_Swap_To_Off_Supported

NONE

Responds_To_Discov

NONE

Attempts_Discov

NONE

Chunking_Implemented_SOP

NO

Unchunked_Extended_Messages_Supported

NO

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Src

YES

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Snk

YES

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Src

NONE

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Snk

NONE

Structured_VDM_Version

V1.0

Data_Capable_as_USB_Host

YES

Data_Capable_as_USB_Device

YES

Product_Type_DFP_SOP

PDUSB Host

Modal_Operation_Supported

NO

Security_Msgs_Supported_SOP

NO

USB_VID

0x1004

PID

0xA00

bcdDevice

0x0

SVIDs Min

0

SVIDs Max

0

SVID Fixed

NONE

Power Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

YES

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0x12C(3A)

Supply Type #2

Fixed

Voltage #2

0xB4(9V)

OP Current #2

0x12C(3A)

Supply Type #3

Fixed

Voltage #3

0xF0(12V)

OP Current #3

0xE1(2.25A)

USB Suspend may be cleared

YES

Send Ping

NONE

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Peak Current #1

0x0(A)

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

Max Current #1

0x96(1.5A)

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

YES

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0x12C(3A)

Supply Type #2

Fixed

Voltage #2

0xB4(9V)

OP Current #2

0x12C(3A)

Supply Type #3

Fixed

Voltage #3

0xF0(12V)

OP Current #3

0xE1(2.25A)

USB-IF High Level Mapping Summary

Sl No

Test Category

Test Group Description

Test Result

1

PHY_PRIMARY_TX

BMC Physical Layer Transmitter

PASS

2

PHY_PRIMARY_RX

BMC Physical Layer Receiver

PASS

3

PHY_PRIMARY_MISC

BMC Physical Layer Miscellaneous

PASS

4

PROT_PRIMARY

Protocol Specific Primary

PASS

5

POWER_PRIMARY

Power Source/Sink Primary

FAIL

Result Summary

Sl No

Test ID

Test Name

Test Result

1

TDA.2.1.1.1

BMC-PHY-TX-EYE

PASS

2

TDA.2.1.1.2

BMC-PHY-TX-BIT

PASS

3

TDA.2.1.2.2

BMC-PHY-RX-INT-REJ

PASS

4

TDA.2.1.2.1

BMC-PHY-RX-BUSIDL

PASS

5

TDA.2.1.3.1

BMC-PHY-TERM

PASS

7

TDA.2.2.1

BMC-PROT-SEQ-GETCAPS

PASS

12

TDA.2.2.7

BMC-PROT-BIST-NOT-5V-SRC

PASS

14

TDA.2.3.1.1

POW-SRC-LOAD-P-PC

FAIL

15

TDA.2.3.1.2

POW-SRC-LOAD-CP-ACC

FAIL

18

TDA.2.3.3.2

POW-SNK-TRANS-PC

PASS

19

TDB.2.2.9

BMC-PROT-GSC-REC

PASS

20

TDB.13.12.13

BMC-PROT-IGN-PPS

PASS

BMC Eye Diagram


Eye Diagram 

Here we can see in the load screen capture taken via the GRL-USB-PD C2 Compliance Test Solution App that shows the LG G7 ThinQ makes use of different voltage and current levels for charging.

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