Apple and Samsung have proudly paraded new flagship smartphones in 2018 (with the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 respectively), but consumers are still waiting on one major player in the mobile marketplace to do the same: LG.
But it seems we won’t have to wait much longer if fresh rumours are to be believed.
According to TechRadar.com and South Korea’s ETNews, LG will unveil the G7 – its new range-topping device – this month, with a view to it going on sale from mid-May.
No details on the phone itself have been confirmed so far, but one rumour is that LG’s flagship handset may actually be renamed ‘G7 ThinQ’.
This comes from Evan Blass – mobile reporter at VentureBeat.com – who is usually reliable when it comes to tech rumours. However, he has been off the mark a couple of times recently, most notably for falsely claiming that LG would retire the G Series name.
The ThinQ label has popped up elsewhere on other LG devices recently, such as V30S ThinQ, which was a minor upgrade on 2017’s V30, so it’s not unforeseeable that it’ll appear again.
What should we expect from LG’s upcoming all-singing, all-dancing device?
Considering the G6 costs around £568, it’s entirely likely the G7 will command a heftier price tag when it goes on sale this May. That said, it’s very doubtful it will be as expensive as Apple and Samsung’s flagships.
A leaked video from MWC 2018 revealed that the LG G7 will include a software trick to deliver an optional notch display. This means that a dainty blacked-out notch can protrude from the top centre of the screen (just below where you’d usually find a conventional earpiece).
The advantage is that the notch provides around half an inch of extra screen space at the top left and right, allowing enough room for standard details like time, battery life and notification icons.
We’ll have to wait and see whether the G7’s screen is OLED or LCD, however, some reports claim that LG will stick with LCD to limit costs, so maybe expect the latter.
In terms of the processor, LG has apparently been working with Qualcomm to ensure the G7 will incorporate the flagship Snapdragon 845 chip. This would avoid a repeat of criticism aimed at the G6, which was slammed by some for relying on the dated Snapdragon 821.
That’s it for now – hopefully, we’ll have more concrete LG G7 news for you soon.