LG video hints at special navigational gestures for LG G8 ThinQ, to be unveiled February 24th
A video disseminated today by LG reveals that the company will be holding a new product event on February 24th during MWC 2019 in Barcelona. During the festivities, the manufacturer will no doubt introduce its new LG G8 ThinQ flagship. The clip also focuses on the use of gestures; the wave of a hand from left to right over a piece of paper makes the words Goodbye Touch appear. A wave in the opposite direction brings up the words MWC 2019 LG Premiere, and a slight push up reveals the date and the location of the event.
From the video, it would appear that LG will be showing off some type of technology for the LG G8 ThinQ that will allow a user to navigate the phone without touching the glass. So far, we haven't heard any rumors about a feature like this for LG's next high-end model.
Based on previously disseminated rumors, there is the possibility that LG will offer an optional second screen for the device that would attach to the LG G8 ThinQ with the help of a special case; with the second screen attached, the phone would have a screen size of 7-inches. This would challenge the foldable Samsung Galaxy F, which could be unveiled just four days before the LG G8 ThinQ is unwrapped.
Another bit of speculation has LG beating Samsung to the punch by including "Sound on Display" with the upcoming flagship. This feature would allow LG to hike the screen-to-body-ratio to outrageous heights since it would replace the regular speaker cutouts often found on the top or bottom bezel. With "Sound on Display," users would hear audio through vibrations and bone conduction transmitted through the screen. And lastly, an older rumor from last summer had the LG G8 ThinQ launching with a 4K resolution LCD display.
At this point, we are looking for the LG G8 ThinQ to feature a 6.1-inch LCD display (possibly with a 2160 x 4665 resolution), equipped with the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform under the hood. It appears that LG is not going to get to use Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 855 chipset until the LG V50 ThinQ is released later this year.
The LG G8 ThinQ is shaping up to be a very interesting phone regardless whether or not some of these rumors prove true. We will find out on February 24th, so circle the date on your calendar.