For a device that could be announced as soon as next month the web has been very tight-lipped over the upcoming LG G8. And that's incredible, given that it could be about to see its biggest design change yet.
While the likes of Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi are tipped to soon announce foldable phones that place them far out of reach for most consumers, LG is said to have come up with an alternative that achieves basically the same thing but at a lower price.
According to Naver, rather than a truly foldable display the G8 will feature a dual-display setup that when folded is just 3in on the diagonal, but stretches out to form a 7in panel. Exactly how LG will join the screens is not yet known, though it is also said to be working on a Touchless input UI, which allows you to navigate using gestures conducted some 20-30cm away from the display.
When is the LG G8 ThinQ release date?
The LG G7 ThinQ (pictured) didn't launch until May 2018, but the company has been tipped to announce its new flagship much earlier in 2019 - potentially at February's MWC show. According to whispers, the only thing putting it off this idea is the fact Xiaomi is also holding a press conference on the same day (as is Huawei) - that day being Sunday 24 February.
ETNews disagrees, suggesting LG will announce a 5G phone at MWC in February, and it won't be the LG G8 ThinQ - the company is reportedly still discussing branding. The G8 is thought to be a 4G LTE-only handset, which ETNews says will arrive later in March 2019.
How much will the LG G8 ThinQ cost?
We suspect pricing will be roughly in line with the outgoing flagship, but potentially a little higher thanks to the second screen: expect the G8 to cost in the region of £600-£700.
What are the rumoured features and specifications for the LG G8 ThinQ?
In common with other 2019 flagships the G8 will almost certainly carry the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which is the successor to the Snapdragon 845 seen in the G7.
This chip is significantly faster than the 845, and it also supports 5G connectivity. However, it's unlikely that the G8 will itself support 5G connectivity, since this will add to the overall cost. LG is expected to announce a different smartphone in early 2019 as its first 5G phone.
A feature recently tipped for the new LG phone is Sound On Display, which uses bone conduction and vibration to emit sound and would enable LG to lose the front speaker and free up more room for the screen. It's a technology Samsung is also reportedly working on, though it would appear LG could beat it to the punch. Without an earpiece we could see a new design that sees LG drop the screen notch.
The display could also be upgraded to feature a 4K resolution, according to Ice Universe, though this is another feature that adds cost without adding significant value. LG could keep down costs here by using LCD rather than AMOLED, which is a shame as we'd rather see a lower-resolution AMOLED screen.
More recently, of course, are rumours that the G8 will actually feature two screens, with a 3in visible panel when folded and 7in stretched out.
It's also said to come with a triple-lens rear camera, though the exact specifications have not yet been detailed.
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