Report: LG's 2018 flagship to feature 6.1-inch screen, SD-845 inside; June launch possible

According to a report published today, LG's delayed flagship phone could be launched in June. An anonymous source, who was briefed on LG's plans to release a smartphone with the code name "Judy," says that the handset will feature a 6.1-inch screen. This will be a new type of display called MLCD+. Thanks to a white sub-pixel that will be part of the RGBW matrix, the display will be very bright (in the 800-nit range) but consume 35% less energy than a typical IPS LCD screen.

Under the hood will be a Snapdragon 845 mobile platform carrying an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 630 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage. On back will be a dual camera setup (13MP + 13MP, both with f/1.6 apertures), and the device will carry an IP68 certification rating. The latter means that the unit can be submerged in nearly 5-feet of water for up to 30-minutes, and escape unscathed. The phone will also have a case that meets military specs, similar to the LG V30, and stereo speakers will adorn the model.

Last year, you might recall that thanks to Samsung's deal with Qualcomm that gave it the exclusive first dibs on the Snapdragon 835 chipset, the LG G6 was powered by the Snapdragon 821. This year, LG isn't having any of that! Instead of launching before the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, it will be released after the new Samsung flagship models,and will be powered by Qualcomm's top of the line Snapdragon 845 mobile platform.

source: VentureBeat

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41 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

I like the screen size.

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1206; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Agreed! 5.7" (18:9) is just too small for me. It's mostly 5.2" (16:9) when browsing (because of the nav buttons) or watching 16:9 content.

20. surethom

Posts: 1635; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Screen size of G6 is perfect size just look at what LG said at the G6 launch, if you want biggest that's what the V30 is for. Bad move lg.

22. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Steve Jobs said 3.5" is ideal size also.

11. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

If you like this size just get the V30. There's no reason to make another identical phone.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7034; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The V30 is using a POLED display and is Daydream compatible. This new phone has a LCD display, but a new type of LCD, so it will be interesting to see what this new LG display can support, and how fast is its refresh rate? Not to mention that the V30 has a SD 835, which is a great processor still. But this new LG smartphone with also be using the new SD 845 as well.

40. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Most people don't know what's under the glass. It's a technical gimmick. It's about differentiating from the V series. This thing will be revised V30, not a new model from a different series. A big phone.

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 643; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

If this is the next iteration in the G-series & it really has a 6.1" screen, I wonder what screen size the V series will jump up to.

26. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

The V series' display size would go up as well, just like the Galaxy Note series went up to 6.3" after the S8 Plus reached 6.2"

30. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 643; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Thanks, Captain Obvious. I wasn't wondering if it will go up. I was wondering what it will go up to.

33. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Up to 6.3" eventually.

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1206; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Sounds awesome! I don't understand why they're going back to LCD though, the screen on the V30 is very good (apart from the color shift) and much more vibrant than on my dull G6. I hope it will be as vibrant and colorful as on the V30. Oh PA, it has dual 16 MP sensors according to the source.

14. Romantico3pe

Posts: 178; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Going back?? Id rather have lcd screen and dont have to worry about burn in

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7034; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

But LCD displays on smartphones usually have slower refresh rates, and their contrast ratios are very poor in comparison to OLED displays. It's one of the reasons why HDR video content is supported on OLED displays, and not LCD displays.

19. foreverNOOB

Posts: 149; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

There are some exception like Razor Phone with 120Hz refresh rate or G6& Xz Premium with Lcd but both have supporting HDR10. Now I'm curious to see what this newest tech will bring to the table.

27. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

LCD aren't Daydream compatible, though.

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

All imx with 13MP are 1/3.06" 1.12 micron. Not good to be used as rear cam.of flagships.

24. Xperia14

Posts: 1206; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

It will have dual 16MP cameras according to the source.

6. Divahipsterova

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

Nice specs

7. Diego!

Posts: 863; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Why LCD? LG... You did better with LG V30!

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's a new type, it must be better than V30's OLED (or else they won't use it..)

41. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Well, MLCD+ in their TVs doesn't have good opinions.

8. Shisa

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 08, 2017

I really like your display technology. I will wait your new type of display.

9. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Looks like everything I want from my next smartphone! Hope they've moved up to the 300 series. Like 2 Sony IMX 362 sensors or something.

10. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It's just too big. Our hands are not growing bigger! Other than that, typical LG cutting corners: 4GB of RAM, cheap tiny camera sensors - as someone said, there's no 13MPix Sony sensor with big pixels.This thing will be no better than the V30.

23. rsiders

Posts: 1899; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And you're most likely wrong this time and oh by the way the Galaxy S9 is rumored to come with 4GB of RAM as well. Is Samsung cutting corners?

36. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Even 6.3 inch Note8 isnt that hard to hold so 6.1 inch is normal. I think plus model will have 6 GB. And it is just a RUMOR

43. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Note8 is very difficult to hold and impossible to use with one hand. Besides - what's the point of having three identically sized flagshop phones in the lineup (V30, upcoming V30+ and this new "G7").

12. Sparkxster

Posts: 1201; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

LG hope you've come to impress!!

18. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I'm really interest about the coming G7, happy to hear about the bright LCD, I believe the LCD is more future proof than Amoled screens. I just hope it will be easy to repair.

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