As we look forward to the LG G7 the company is still more concerned with the LG G6, in mid-July launching the LG Q6 (aka the G6 mini). But that hasn't stopped rumours of a new flagship coming in. We round up all the rumours surrounding the new phone, including the LG G7 release date, price and specs.
The battle for the best phone of 2017 is still on - namely whether the 10th-anniversary iPhone 8, upcoming Nokia flagship, Galaxy Note 8 or Pixel XL2 can take top spot - but it's already interesting to take a look at what phones will be like in 2018. The LG G7 will compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9.
When is the LG G7 UK release date?
You may have heard that LG is holding a launch event at IFA 2017 on 31 August. Don't be fooled into thinking this is for the LG G7, however. We expect this event to focus on the LG V30.
The new LG G-series flagship is much more likely to launch in February ahead of MWC 2018 - 25 February, the day before the show starts, is a likely date for this. However, a new report from Korea says otherwise.
The Investor claims that the LG G7 might arrive much earlier than expected, with LG announcing the new flagship in January 2018. That would place the announcement at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
LG could take this strategy to get the flagship phone on the market quicker than rivals (largely Samsung and its Galaxy S9). It is also understandable that it might want to update the LG G6 earlier than expected due to its inclusion of the older Snapdragon 821 processor.
The LG G5 was unveiled in February 2016, so it's not totally out of the question. See our G6 vs G6 Plus comparison.
How much will the LG G7 cost in the UK?
We're speculating on the LG G7 price for now and don't expect any solid rumours until a few weeks before the launch.
Phones have increased in price recently – partly due to Brexit and the value of the pound - so it's expected that a flagship device costs in excess of £600. The LG G6 costs £649 and we expect the LG G7 price to be around the same mark.
What are the rumoured features and specifications?
It seems the phase of modular phones is pretty much over and even if it's not, we don't expect LG to go back to it for the G7. We're expecting another combination of metal and glass.
We wouldn’t be surprised if the fingerprint sensor is moved from the rear of the phone to underneath the display. This is a feature we're about to start seeing a lot more of, even in 2017 so it may well be normal by the time we reach 2018.
The biggest rumour in terms of the LG G7 specs is that it could be the first phone with Qualcomm's next flagship processor, or 'Mobile Platform'. The Investor reports that the two companies started working on development early in May this year.
The chip in question is the Snapdragon 845 and will reportedly use a 7nm manufacturing process, even more impressive than the 10nm Snapdragon 835 which was made in partnership with Samsung.
LG fitted the G6 with the older Snapdragon 821 so being the first with the 845 would be a big win. It is rumoured to be up to 30 percent more powerful than the Snapdragon 835.
We're expecting another dual-camera setup and decent core specs. The main question is what LG will do with the display after introducing an 18:9 aspect ratio with the G6. There are rumours that the firm will switch to OLED for the G7.
Keeping an eye on LG Display is the best bet as the display using in the next flagship phone is typically announced in advance. This branch of the company recently showed of a 77in flexible and transparent OLED display (above) so we're wondering if some of that technology might find its way into the LG G7.
There are a lot of unknowns as you'd expect but we'll update this article as when more rumours or official details emerge.
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