LG has invited media to a launch event on 6 September at IFA in Berlin, but with the V50 ThinQ announced early at MWC you might be wondering what to expect. Well, it's not going to be the G9 ThinQ - rather an all new foldable design that, in common with the current LG G8, might not even make its way to the UK.
There are also rumours we'll see an LG G8x ThinQ at IFA 2019, which is confirmed for Benelux and likely the rest of Europe, according to LetsGoDigital. There is speculation it will run the Snapdragon 855 Plus, but little else is known about the upcoming phone.
We're a little disappointed, then, to learn that the G9 ThinQ will not support 5G, which by 2020 will be becoming much more widespread, and not just in the UK.
The LG G8 was already looking a little old in comparison to recent competition, thanks to its chunky screen notch, dual-lens camera and rear rather than in-display fingerprint sensor, so the possibility that its successor won't have a 5G variant doesn't give us much hope for the line.
The company told Android Authority at MWC 2019 that going forward all V-series phones will be 5G, and all G-series 4G, which it might just get away with in early 2020, but remember that most people buy their new phones on two-year contracts. By spring 2022 anything that doesn't support 5G is going to seem super-outdated.
To be fair, it will likely be a while before all new phones support 5G, rather than each flagship having a 5G variant. The upcoming Snapdragon 865 processor, successor to the current G8's Snapdragon 855, will have two variants, only one of which will support 5G. Both support LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 3.0 storage, however.
Where LG has impressed us in the past is in its display and in its audio output, and this is something we'd expect to see follow through to the G9.
The G8 has a Crystal Sound OLED, which is the fancy term for tech that in essence pumps out audio through a phone's display. The entire display vibrates in use, and is aided by the bottom-facing speaker for bass.
The G8 also offers DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, which emulates a 7.1-channel system, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, MQA support and a Boombox Speaker, which uses the internal space of the phone as a resonance chamber.
With Samsung finally ditching the headphone jack in its Note 10, and most other phone makers having already done so, we hope LG will leave it in place as a unique selling point, especially if it will once again go big on audio.
We would also hope to see LG refine its 6.1in Quad-HD+ FullVision OLED panel with a reduced or completely removed selfie camera notch, most likely going down the Samsung route of a punch-hole-style cutout, and at very least make standard the triple-lens camera of the South Korean version of the LG G8. (There is a patent out there for a 16-lens LG phone, but we're fairly certain that's unlikely.)
LetsGoDigital has discovered that both a G9 and G10 have already been trademarked by LG, though both lack the ThinQ moniker. This does not necessarily mean it will ditch ThinQ, of course. Beyond the G10 it looks to follow Huawei's example, also trademarking G20, G30 and G40.
When is the LG G9 coming out?
Expect an LG press conference the day before MWC begins, on Sunday 23 February 2020. The G9 will then most likely go on sale in March 2020.
How much will the LG G9 cost?
One of the key selling points of the LG G9 over its rivals was its lower price, coming in at US$819. It never officially came to the UK, so chances are the LG G9 won't either.
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