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The LG G8 ThinQ could feature an upgraded LCD display with a 4K resolution

The LG G8 ThinQ could feature an upgraded LCD display with a 4K resolution
With the LG G7 ThinQ now on sale, it’s only natural that the rumor mill begins focusing on LG’s 2019 flagship, the LG G8 ThinQ. Unlike most information this far ahead of the launch, though, the latest details actually come from a pretty reliable source, Ice Universe.

Moving away from the use of Quad-HD displays, which have been seen on LG's flagships since the LG G3 back in 2014, Ice Universe claims that new rumors are now pointing towards the use of a 4K resolution on the G8 ThinQ next year, although LG isn’t expected to move away from its beloved LCD panels. Instead, these will continue to be exclusive to V-line flagships. The tipster failed to mention exactly why the company is expected to make the change, but the most logical reason would be related to virtual reality technology. After all, the 4K panel would significantly improve the viewing experience and could potentially attract a whole new range of customers that are looking for a smartphone capable of displaying high-quality VR content. Nevertheless, considering the South Korean company has largely failed to show any relative interest in the technology until now, a focus on VR next year would certainly be a bold change in direction for the brand.

In an alternative move, the decision to include a 4K display may simply be a marketing strategy. After all, Samsung is largely expected to feature the new resolution on its 2019 Galaxy S10 series, which is currently set to debut in January. Unlike LG, however, Samsung’s devices will be equipped with AMOLED panels, pitting them up against the AMOLED-equipped LG V40 ThinQ which should be announced in mid-Autumn.

Considering LG’s G8 ThinQ is still at least one year away, it’s certainly too early to guarantee the accuracy of any of these details. After all, LG’s focus at the moment is sure to be shipping as many G7 ThinQ units as possible, as well as preparing the future launch of the V40 ThinQ.

source: Ice Universe (Twitter)

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  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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31 Comments

ALMBO6

Posts: 174; Member since: May 28, 2018

Of course it'll be even more expensive than the LG G7 ThinQ and nobody will buy it. Smartphones are getting so much expensive these days, have to wait over a year (last time waited 18 months) to be able to buy them.

BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

The G7 is one of the cheaper flagships here in Canada, I got mine launch day.

CreeDiddy

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is why AR is the future over VR. There is no need for a 4K display on a smartphone. On a tablet I can see 4K, but for a smartphone. No need for it unless you want to to try and sell phones on specs...

master-mkk

Posts: 186; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

i would take a FHD AMOLED over a 4K LCD any day of the week

Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

1080p amoled pentile = 720p lcd rgb

mixedfish

Posts: 1539; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Shhh you'll make them upset.

Trex95

Posts: 2309; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You mean full HD plus.

Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Apple will do same in 2028.. Then everybody will stop saying there is no difference between 1080p, 1440p and 2160p on small screen.

Trex95

Posts: 2309; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Apple are not that stupid to put an 4K display in iPhone with Soc that can’t handle that higher resolution.

Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Even S810 can push it. Why cant A12, A13, A14 do it?

iushnt

Posts: 2998; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Because Apple has yet to implement it.

Whitedot

Posts: 600; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Quality over quantity. Sony did not attract mich attention on 4k screens im my opinion either.

Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

XZ2 trinity has 10-bit REC.2020 sRGB 153%. No.other phone has it..

worldpeace

Posts: 2969; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And no one even care about it

redmd

Posts: 1868; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

No notch please LG.

BGChicago

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Another gimmick. It's clear OEMs stay away from innovating in sectors that will enlonge decicesife cycle. For example battery technology.

TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Why is it that LG isn't investing more energy and time into their Oled business? Why have they completely stopped equipping their smartphones with Oled displays? I just don't see the point in them having several companies invest in their Oled business, while then not equipping many of their phones with a proper Oled display?

joshuaswingle

Posts: 314; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

OLED displays are reserved for the company's V-line which it sees a slightly more experimental. The G series and other smartphones will continue to use LCD because they are more mainstream and are usually priced lower

TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Really? I always saw the G-series as a flagship competing series, even though they mostly don't have the hardware quality and specs to do that, which is why they typically fail. They definitely seem to price it around the flagship area, even though smartphones like the Oneplus 6 even has a pretty decent Oled.

Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

LG has oled now on V30 and V35. This screen is also on Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3XL. At the moment they cant supply a huge amount of screens. LG is going to improve facilities to increase production of mobile oled.

UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

all i know is that the G3's jump to QHD too soon was a mistake, this could be a repetition (for them, Samsung will be fine)

medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Because Everytime LG tried to stand out it always compromise something. Like smaller battery, ugly design, QC problems.

madmax988

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

The sad thing is once one company goes 4k everyone will need 4k for sales. What looks good in store and makes us want phones isn't the same as what makes good day to day phones. In reality battery tech just isn't ever going to keep up with screen tech. All I want is a phone I can use all day heavily. Until then at least give me a removable battery.

Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

4K wont be popular until Samsung starts to use. This is obvious. Then the tech site readers that rage on Sony will say 4K is a must, something very necessary.

dimas

Posts: 3178; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I was about to buy the g7 then I stumbled upon the display light bleeding and bad battery life issues from the web. I am aware that it only have 3000mah but come on LG, at least do some proper optimization after shaving off the battery. You're asking big money from peope so you better deliver what you market.

deleon629

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

The world knows that LG phones don't stay expensive for long, and people are usually willing to wait for the discounts. Take for instance the V30; well received in the US and, if you go to a number of carrier review sites, it'd received great reviews.

deleon629

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I bet if LG priced their G7 to compete with the OP6, they'd take over the market and have it well prepared it for the G8 and it's price hike, 4k screen or not.

Godlymansean

Posts: 249; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Just keep increasing your LCD LG. Notch is pointless on this phone, unless changing the colors on the sides of the notch is your thing. Guess they used it for the camera?

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