Renders of LG "Alpha" leak, but this isn't the LG G8 ThinQ


UPDATE: LG's Head of Global Corporate Communication, Ken Hong, has stated via Twitter that the device pictured above isn't the "real" LG G8 ThinQ. He further clarified that the statement made by OnLeaks, who contributed to making the renders public – that these renders show a phone 'codenamed LG "Alpha" which will very likely be marketed as the #LGG8' – is incorrect. In other words, this could either be an early prototype or an entirely different phone. If the latter is true, LG will likely showcase it under a different name at MWC 2019. The original story continues below.

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While sales may not have been phenomenal, the G7 ThinQ was largely seen as one of LG’s more solid offerings in recent times. And from the look of some alleged LG G8 ThinQ renders, the South Korean company appears to agree with this.

From the front, the next-generation flagship, codenamed "Alpha," looks more or less identical to its predecessor thanks to the return of a 6.1-inch display complete with the same notch & chin combination. This time around, though, LG has reduced the thickness of the latter and implemented a notch with slightly more rounded corners. 

While on the topic of the notch, it’s worth pointing out that it is now home to a new dual-camera selfie setup which will presumably follow in the footsteps of the LG V40 ThinQ by adopting a secondary wide-angle sensor. The device also appears to have lost its in-ear speaker in favor of a new “sound-on-display” speaker that utilizes bone conduction.

Moving over to the back of the smartphone, it’s clear that the redesign efforts are minimal too. In fact, the only major difference is a new horizontal dual-camera setup that replaces last year’s vertical one. This is accompanied by the usual rear-facing fingerprint scanner and an LED flash. The Seoul-based brand does, however, appear to have removed its usual laser autofocus system.

Rounding out the smartphone’s external package is a 3.5mm headphone jack, a bottom-firing speaker, and a dedicated Google Assistant button.

The LG G8 ThinQ is expected to go official at MWC 2019 later next month. Internal details are scarce at the moment, but 91Mobiles believes that it could debut with last year’s Snapdragon 845 rather than the newer Snapdragon 855. The flagships may also support an optional second display.

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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(22h talk time)

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28 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Notch cityyyy

17. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Give it a rest loser

2. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Notch ✔️ Chin ✔️ Forehead ✔️ Read mounted FPS ✔️ . Everyone is moving to 2019 designs and LG is still stuck in 2017. They don’t update their phone’s software, their hardware barely competes, and they always miss price their phones and release them 3-4 months after the announcement date. Why does LG still try?

4. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Are they bad with the software updates? I thought they were faster than Samsung?

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Pretty bad. The G7 and V35 will receive Pie sometime this quarter and the V40 will have to wait until Q2.

11. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 693; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

You're acting like "faster than Samsung" is saying something. They're not faster than Samsung in most cases & even if they were, it's like saying a snail is faster than a worm.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Samsung has monthly updates, LG goes several months between them, it's not even close.

21. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung updates are way more stable than any other OEM’s update.

3. Joosty

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

LMAO. Im using the G7 and it's practically the same. They switched the camera to landscape that's it. LMAO. Not even a tri cam. I feel like they know their place in the industry

5. tiz_meh

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

why cant they just improve a G6? it still looking beautiful in 2019

7. Whitedot

Posts: 811; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

As far as I can see LG is dead. Sad, I remember how I was excited about LG first dual core phone. Wasn't it Optimus? They clearly don't inovate in smartphone industry nor they push it at all. Funny how 5 years can change the smartphone landscape.

8. joshuaswingle

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Yep, the Optimus 2X – I almost bought that phone. For me, the most iconic flagship was the LG G3. That phone really pushed bezels to the limit at the time and packed the first 2K display and a pretty impressive camera. I still think the introduction video was pretty brilliant too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_btdWhwH0wE

12. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 693; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

And then came bootloop city. The LG G2 is the flagship of theirs that received the most critical acclaim.

9. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

LG releases a solid phone that's underrated. Gets meh reviews. Me: Buys it 6 months in for half price. The LG g7 is solid at sub $400. Better than Poco except for software.

10. CEDEOTB

Posts: 416; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

This is just the G7 this is NOT the G8.

13. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

I truly enjoyed my 1 year with the LG G6. I thinq that was the last good LG phone.

14. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No under glass finger print scanner. Shame.

18. BuffaloSouce unregistered

So what

16. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

With a 2500mah battery

19. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

After 6 months of release is the best time to get an LG flagship.

20. kennybenny

Posts: 214; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

What's with using the 845 processor instead of the 855?

22. Epicness1o1

Posts: 305; Member since: May 30, 2013

G7 and V30 had a baby

23. Elvis358

Posts: 227; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

I thought it would be dumb if they released that design phone as LG G8

24. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The CEO missed the opportunity to have kept this secret.

25. gws898

Posts: 24; Member since: May 31, 2013

Most likely will be called LG G8 Fit just like last year's LG G7 Fit.

26. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

2 cameras only?

28. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

This be LG Q10?

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