LG G7 release date set for mid-March, OLED display and 6GB RAM in tow

LG G7 release date set for mid-March, OLED display and 6GB RAM in tow
While we were musing yesterday whether the upcoming LG G7 will sport a Snapdragon 835 or 845 chipset, based on its official listing on LG's UK website under the Quick Charge 4.0 category, a Korean publication is spilling the beans on its specs and even release date. 

It turns out that the G7 may ship with Snapdragon 845, after all, which would be a huge jump from the 821 in the G6, but there are plenty of other novelties to look forward to. The sources claim that, in addition, G7 will sport 6GB RAM, shooting it directly into the flagship ranks where it belongs. Another nice surprise, if the tips pan out, is that the G7 would be borrowing the OLED display tech from the V30, as well as it's "all-screen" exterior.


As for the release date after the MWC expo unveiling next month, it is apparently set for mid-March, right around the time that the Galaxy S9 is expected to hit shelves. "We will not be worried of the Samsung Galaxy S9 launched in March, but will prioritize the G7 differentiation," said Hwang Jung-hwan, head of mobile communication's business division. The rollout will apparently be in stages, as LG has reportedly signed deals with the big three Korean carriers to launch the G7 in April, so it might prioritize the US and other markets first, and then issue the handset at its home turf. 

"Domestic consumers will be able to purchase the G7 after April 20th," confirmed other sources, which would be a full month after the G7 eventually launches in the all-important US market, and might have something to do with Samsung grabbing most of the initial Snapdragon 845 supply. As for other specs, the publication lists IP68 waterproof rating, iris recognition with a dual front camera set, dual rear camera, wireless charging and... FM radio. Cool.

source: ETNews (translated)

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  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h talk time)

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36 Comments

1. limona

Posts: 72; Member since: May 19, 2017

I am waiting!

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wish LG would put an IR blaster back on their high end smartphones again. The last ones that had it were the LG G5 and the V20.

21. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

It's gonna take a hell of a lot to get me to switch from my V20. It just ticks everything I want in a phone. The IR blaster has saved me a few times when my pets have decided to hide remotes, too.

28. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Really wish my Note 8 had an integrated IR blaster. Still on the look out for a USB Type C OTG IR blaster, but in the mean time, I just use this set-up ( https://sck.pm/T5 ) which is more prone to snapping off on the couch ( https://sck.pm/mu ). Wonder if there's also some OTG FM receiver for Android devices...

29. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

But the Ibuild in IR Blaster is what makes it very interesting !!!

2. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 191; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Going by previous LG launches, Thailand should get it around Christmas...

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Thats all they need to do... just release the damn thing instead of having people wait and then the next big thing comes... pun intended

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Sounds like my next phone :) I hope that they will launch it soon in The Netherlands after the Korean launch (the V30 went on sale here half December). Btw, +1 for FM radio. Besides that it's nice to have for listening to radio stations, it can also be a life saver when there's no signal. Smartphones are packed with useless features nowadays, so it's good to see that LG hasn't abandoned this actual useful feature that every smartphone should have imo. Oh, and keep the G7 leaks coming!

31. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I wonder are you a LG fan or Sony fan?

4. SyCo87

Posts: 297; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I decided to get the S8+ because LG took a bit too long to release the V30 and I didn't want to swap my phone with it as I think it needs some refinement. Not to mention the G6 was underpowered from the get-go. I believe the G7 will rectify all of the shortcomings of the G6 and will be a more flawless than the V30.

22. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Same here! I also went with the S8 plus because of LG taking too long to release the V30. Hope the G7 is something special.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Qualcomm is not busy anymore from making Apple chips that they can produce 845 for both Samsung and LG.

10. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

TSMC makes apple cpu. Not qualcomm

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

He meant the modems.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1862; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Now that the G series is no longer the flagship, being replaced by the V series, I wonder what the G7 will look like? The G6 was the best looking phone of 2017 in my opinion. I certainly like it more than the S8. The G6 not being shipped with the 835 chip was the achilles heel for this phone. Hopefully LG tones down their UI skin a little as well.

8. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I hope that they treat is a flagship and include al the V-functions, like a premium DAC. And no more regional differences bulls**t, just one version with all the features.

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Probably like v30 with smaller bezels. Curved glass on front. Not much different from s9

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

No, thank you, many of us don’t need any curved screens. Flat and rectangular ones like the Mate 10 and View 10 are the best.

20. cocoy

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Same here. I like it more than the S8 but their software updates which take ages even the security patches prevent me from grabbing one. It's a beautiful device to be hold. I hope they use the same design for the G7. I really hate a curve screen.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1858; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

FM radio is nice. An IR blaster and a proper notification LED would be even more useful. A fully bezel-less design would make me buy it on the first day. I still miss my G2 after all these years. The G2 had smaller bezels than some of today's "bezel-less" phones (like the Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung A8, etc.)

12. Boast_Rider

Posts: 534; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

This might be my next phone, unless they go with the same bad camera as the V30 or the 835.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

835??

23. Boast_Rider

Posts: 534; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Yeah, LG might pull an LG and go with an old processor again.

33. midhath93

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

Did you just say the V30 has a bad camera? I agree for the front camera yes. But you cant just say CAMERA. The rear camera of the V30 is far superior to any of the phones that i have ever used!

34. Boast_Rider

Posts: 534; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Well, it got absolutely crapped on in the shootouts by theverge and linustechtips. And those are done by actual professional photographers and experts. Yes, it's better than my current phone(Oneplus 3) and even better than any phone by Sony or Oneplus, but it can't compete with phones like HTC U11, Pixel 2 or even Note 8(which itself has pretty average camera). 2-2.5 years ago, LG and Samsung used to be the undisputed kings of mobile photography. Now, Google, Apple and even HTC is beating them pretty handily. I would blame that to outdated software processing, tiny sensors(in case of LG) and focus on unnecessary features like dual camera. If you don't believe it, try to get an S6 or a G4 and compare the shots with S8 or G6. In some photos, the S6 and G4 will even beat the newer phones. It's shameful.

35. TerryD

Posts: 544; Member since: May 09, 2017

One of my main gripes with phone cameras is that they have always been too wideangle for decent portrait shots, so I'm really pleased that phones are now coming out with 2x zoom. The problem with LG is that they have gone the other way and added a second camera so you now get wideangle and super-wideangle, neither of which will be any use for portraits, Great for scenery and architecture shots but that's not what I'm after. I find that most camera shootouts nowadays are so close that it's not worth bothering about. You might have the odd instance where your phone doesn't perform as well as others but as long as they're all close it's neither here nor there. Not to mention that there is usually some hidden agenda to make one phone appear to be better than the others.

17. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

So it is G then? These rumors say that LG is changing G series name:http://www.theinvestor.co.kr/view.php?ud=20180103000658

19. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I think everyone is just calling it that until we hear further.

18. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well I like their tone. If LG improves the front facing camera and goes back to a larger camera sensor they will keep me for a couple more years. However as I rate camera as the highest quality I need in a phone, if the Galaxy S9 proves to be impressive, I may make the move to Samsung for the first time. I would be content with the Pixel 2 but there are too many reasons to bypass it, carrier exclusivity being a major one.

24. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

I really like LG design. They are much better than Samsung in my opinion. I can't stand the curved edges on the Galaxy phones. Oneplus 5T for me.

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