The LG G7 story so far goes something like this: on schedule, delayed, ditched, LG is allegedly starting from scratch, with a new handset (codenamed Judy) expected to launch in June. So why was the LG G7 spotted at MWC 2018 in Barcelona?
An Israeli journalist says he saw a device codenamed 'Neo', along with a spec sheet that included a 6in (3120x1440) 18.5:9 display, complete with iPhone X-style notch, the Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, a 16Mp dual-camera, a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, a 3000mAh battery and DTS-X surround sound. This is that device.
If this sighting is genuine, it's likely we could see some of those features carried over to what eventually arrives to replace the LG G6.
A leaked image also shows the software can display or hide the notch depending on user preference:
VentureBeat claims industry sources have referred to a phone codenamed 'Judy', which should arrive in June. It's larger than the G6, with a 6.1in FullVision (18:9) MLCD+ display. This tech allows it to go brighter while consuming less power.
Also see: What to expect from MWC 2018
When is the LG G7 UK release date?
According to VentureBeat the successor to the G6 will arrive in June 2018.
Will the new LG phone be called the G7?
LG is reportedly abandoning its G branding, according to reports. An LG official speaking to Digital Daily said:
“LG is preparing a new brand strategy for the G series in the first half of the year. Numbering the phone with a two-digit number and rebranding the phone with a new name are some of the options on the table".
It's not unusual for LG to leak details on its flagships, as has been its strategy for some time now. But it usually comes in the form of official press releases, so we will have to wait and see if what we assumed would be called the G7 takes another name - presumably to awkwardly bring it in line numerically with the iPhone 10 (X) and the Samsung Galaxy S9.
A possible name appears to be the LG Icon as evleaks points out the firm has trademarked the name for a phone along with 'Iconic' for a smartwatch.
For now, we'll call it the G7.
How much will the LG G7 cost in the UK?
We're speculating on the LG G7 price for now, since there are no credible rumours.
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 cost £649 and we expect the LG G7 price to be about the same... and then fall quickly in the months afterwards.
What are the rumoured features and specifications?
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 6.1in FullVision (18:9) MLCD+ display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB storage
- Dual-camera: 16Mp, f/1.6, HDR
- IP68 waterproofing protection
- Stereo speakers
- Wireless charging
- Fingerprint scanner
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, but with a larger 6.1in MLCD+ display.
The Investor reported that LG may stick to LCD despite its recent OLED screen V30 as a cost saving exercise.
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. It'll be big news if LG is one of the first to do it, particularly before Samsung.
As well as the fingerprint scanner there is expected to be an iris scanner, and a patent has been unearthed for just such a feature that will allow you to lock the phone and protect sensitive data. Although iris scanners usually work with infra-red, LG has developed a camera that can switch from IR to a regular one.
The LG G7 will likely feature Qualcomm's new 10nm Snapdragon 845 chip, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage.
Key new features offered by the Snapdragon 845 include a secure processing unit (SPU) that Qualcomm says offers "vault-like security" with the microprocessor, memory, crypto engine and random number generator all sitting on its own power island. Performance and battery life will also improve, thanks to an octa-core Kryo 385 CPU with four 2.8GHz high-power cores and four 1.8GHz low power cores; the 845 is 30 percent more efficient than the 835 for gaming, video and AR/VR, says Samsung.
Qualcomm's new super-fast X20 LTE modem is built-in, offering CAT 18 speeds of more than 1Gbps, as well as an enhanced Spectra 280 image signal processor. Qualcomm has bumped up video recording potential to Ultra-HD, and added in various AI improvements.
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