That recent "LG G7 render" is a fake, and here's why

It was last Friday when an image claiming to reveal LG's next flagship smartphone – the LG G7, or whatever it might end up being called – appeared on the internet. The device pictured had dual front cameras, super-slim bezels, and a spacious screen filling nearly all of its front side. Hardly a surprise, the image was quick to spread around media outlets, ours included, drawing the attention of many eager to see one of the most highly anticipated upcoming phones. 

Alas, the image is a fake. 

We came to this conclusion after closer inspection of the image, which happens to bear the watermark of UK-based cell phone retailer TigerMobiles. There were two bits of evidence that popped up like bread out of a toaster, and we'd like to share them with you.

Clue #1: the off-center earpiece

Here is the alleged LG G7 image from up close. We've enlarged and lightened it up a bit to make things more visible. The red line we've drawn over it goes down the middle of the phone. Notice the off-center earpiece? Clearly, the image we're dealing with is photoshopped, and not very well at that. 

Speaking of Photoshop, the embedded data in the original "G7" image made a mention of Adobe Photoshop CS3. Coincidence? We think not.

Clue #2: the familiar reflections

Whoever put this "LG G7 render" together based it on an LG G6 press image. How do we know? The reflections off the metallic frame in the four corners of the device looked very, very familiar, so we compared the render against a couple of official LG G6 images. One of them was a match, differing only in brightness and contrast. The placements of the antenna slits and the 3.5mm headphone jack were also identical. You can compare the bogus image against a legitimate one in the sliding gallery below.

Keep calm and carry on

We owe you an apology for spreading this particular bit of misinformation without investigating it further. We're only humans after all, and fakes like this slip through every once in a while. The level of journalism we're striving for is much higher than that.

At this time we're not yet sure what the LG G7 is going to look like. We don't know for sure if it will have dual selfie cameras or just one, if it will be modular or not, if it will have a Snapdragon 845 inside or a chip of an older generation. But if you'd like to catch up on the latest LG G7 rumors and speculations, the articles below may be of interest.

Related phones

G7 ThinQ
  • 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)



1. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

well duh....but it was funny watching all of y'all share it and write articles on it

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They should make this kind of article for all leaked render, lol.. Well.. - 100% of smartphone renders is computer generated, not a real photos, so we can say it's "fake" (there is a reason it's called "render", duh) - 99% of leaked smartphone renders is made by random guy, based on recent leak/rumor, or purely based on his own imagination, but since it's not official render from manufacturer, we can call it "fake"

2. Cat97

Posts: 1935; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The argument is not very strong. There could be technical reasons for a 2mm off-center earpiece, like to make room for other components.

3. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm pretty sure you knew it was fake, but still decided it was a good piece to make a clickbait article out of it.

6. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Exactly what I was about to say, maherk. PA sure knew it was a fake render, but decided to publish articles about it to bait users into it for clicks, and now PA posts this article detailing what makes this render fake, for more clicks on this matter... Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

7. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's not their first and it won't be their last time they do this.

9. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I want to assure you this wasn't the case. We're not in the clickbait article business, and would never post something we know doesn't bring real value, just to get the views. Please excuse us for initially publishing a story about the render. It was a mistake.

4. Jrod99

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

What are you saying PA? You fell for it? Hook, line, and sinker.

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