Alleged LG G8 ThinQ renders showcase a very familiar flagship design

Alleged LG G8 ThinQ renders showcase a very familiar flagship design
Earlier this month renders of an upcoming LG device dubbed ‘Alpha’ leaked out online. Initially, the device was believed to be the company’s next flagship but LG quickly shot down those rumors.

Today, however, the folks over at XDA Developers claim to have obtained renders of the real LG G8 ThinQ and, surprisingly enough, it looks pretty similar to the previous device. Because of this, we contacted LG to which they replied saying that they "have nothing official to add to the speculation. All will be revealed in less than a month."

A wide notch up front, two cameras on the rear

Taking a look at the smartphone's design, the alleged renders showcase a horizontally-aligned dual-camera setup on the rear. This replaces the vertical one found on last year's LG G7 ThinQ and is essentially identical to the one found on the previously-leaked 'Alpha' prototype. In fact, the only noticeable difference is the fact that this camera module sits flush against the glass panel whereas the previous renders showcased a slight lip.

As per usual, the rear panel is also adorned by an 'LG' logo towards the bottom, the 'G8 ThinQ' branding in the middle, and a single-LED flash. The smartphone also sports a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. This would suggest that, if the renders are accurate, LG is once again skipping the in-display fingerprint scanner trend, unlike the Galaxy S10 series, Huawei's Mate 20 Pro, or even the OnePlus 6T.

Moving over to the front of the supposed flagship, the LG G8 ThinQ renders show a device which, when compared to the leaked prototype, sports slightly more rounded corners. As a result of this, the device is now closer in looks to last years' LG V40 ThinQ than the LG G7 ThinQ that it succeeds. Nevertheless, the relatively thick chin and large notch are retained.

While on the topic of the notch, it's worth noting that this is home to just one front-facing camera and four sensors. The exact functionality of these remains a mystery at the moment, but it's possible that LG has included an alternative to Apple's Face ID and Huawei's Face Unlock. After all, the requirements for such a setup would be an IR camera, a Time-of-Flight one – these could be the bigger sensor – and a dot project which could correspond with one of the smaller sensors. The remaining one could be the proximity sensor.

The smartphone's notch is also missing one important feature, the in-ear speaker. According to previous reports, this is because LG has included a new sound-on-display technology that utilizes bone conduction.

Spot the difference. This is the 'Alpha' prototype which LG stated wasn't its flagship

Spot the difference. This is the 'Alpha' prototype which LG stated wasn't its flagship


The LG G8 ThinQ could arrive as early as next month


Considering the LG G8 ThinQ's expected flagship status, it's only natural that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 be expected on the inside. According to the folks over at 91Mobiles, though, the next-gen flagship may actually arrive powered by last year's Snapdragon 845. This chip can currently be found inside the LG G7 ThinQ and the LG V40 ThinQ and, if accurate, would be the second time LG has used an older processor inside a flagship – the LG G6 used the Snapdragon 821 rather than the Snapdragon 835.

Regardless of this, the upcoming smartphone should also arrive with at least 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Likewise, Android 9 Pie complete with LG's usual custom overlay is to be expected along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 6.1-inch OLED display. But one thing that is yet to leak is the battery capacity.

If rumors are anything to go by, the LG G8 ThinQ will go official at MWC 2019 later next month. Here, it'll be accompanied by the company's first 5G flagship which, as recently revealed, will sport a number of flagship features. These include the Snapdragon 855, a large 4,000mAh battery, and a dedicated vapor chamber to make sure there are no overheating issues.

In regards to a release date, LG's mainstream flagship is expected to hit shelves sometime in March in order to better compete with Samsung's Galaxy S10 series. The yet-to-be-named 5G smartphone, on the other hand, will likely see a release during the second quarter of the year, perhaps as late as June. When this happens, it'll be available exclusively on Sprint in the US and through a variety of other networks across Europe.

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G8 ThinQ
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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34 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

A rear fingerprint sensor...in 2019. LG needs to get HTC'ed already.

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

poor LG... why dont they just listen to the people?

20. m00kie

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 23, 2019

rather have that kind of g8 than any other phone with in-display fingerprint. but yeah, it looks like htc u12+ with a notch and a clicky volume buttons!

24. Amir123a

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

LG got infected with HTC and Sony disease. Farwell, dear LG, for the old times.

25. cncrim

Posts: 1534; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Rear FS is make sense, i don't see too much problem. I prefer front but hey it is pretty good choice and location

2. Juarizs

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

Looks good to me! The top bezel and chin are the same size so it looks nice, the notch also flows into the top bezel which looks nice. I would've liked an in screen fps though.

3. Joosty

Posts: 459; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

The G7 is nicer.

4. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

LG must be kidding

5. splus

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

"in all its glory"?? You mean in all its misery? This looks like 2017, not 2019.

7. joshuaswingle

Posts: 367; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

hahaha don't worry, I've changed the title

6. eyaleng

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 25, 2019

Didn't buy into the notch in 2018. This is a joke surely.

8. kotan24

Posts: 291; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Ugh! So boring... LG should stick to TV’s and other appliances.

9. OneLove123

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Looks like my V40.

11. Nionx

Posts: 164; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I'm calling fraudulent. Looks just like the G7. If nothing else LG differentiates the physical design of each incarnation of their devices. If this is indeed the G8, It's incredibly lazy design. I can only hope the features are enough to make anyone interested look past the bland design.

30. Riluri

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 2019

complaining in design aspects is so stupid....I have never seen anyone complaining on Samsung for having the same camera placement for the last 9 years...I guess Samsung never did something astonishing so u don't have any expectations while lg kinda structured the base on wich phones are build right now.....from the design aspect

12. TechNeck

Posts: 623; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Why couldn't they have slimmed down the bezels a bit more?

13. handsomparis

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Just give up LG!

14. A_A_A

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

OMG. iPhone like notch and rear fingerprint scanner... With devices like that LG would better quit smartphone business.

15. A_A_A

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

If shown on picture is G8 when in my opinion it looks like mid-range 350 USD phone from China. In fact some Chieneese manufacturers offer much more appealing design than this so called flagship from LG.

16. SyCo87

Posts: 275; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

So it has a top bezel and a chin, that's shameful...

17. Joosty

Posts: 459; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

G7+ It's the same they did with the G6. Last year's SOC. A money saving move. These should be discounted heavily similar to the G6

18. XxMaelhxX

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

LG está perdendo muito dinheiro no setor móvel, você também tem que entender que eles não pode inovar a cada ano!

19. Poptart2828

Posts: 289; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

How do I go from looking at the vivo apex 2019 flagship to this turd. I have owned every LG phone and I just can't anymore.

21. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

LG simply gave up...

22. redmd

Posts: 1872; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

LG would like to play safe this year.

23. ahmadkun

Posts: 508; Member since: May 02, 2016

why don't they take the OP6T or the S8 and re-brand it and sell it if it too difficult for 'em .. i mean Sulja boy dose it

26. Rager722

Posts: 598; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

How are you going to have a top bezel and a notch!? This is blasphemy.

27. WildKid

Posts: 10; Member since: May 25, 2016

It looks like a V30, which I already have...

28. trollz

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

LG can't afford to be boring and re use last years design.

29. monoke

Posts: 1114; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

No to notches and holes! Yo! Sounds like explicit lyrics. Doesn't it? Lol.

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