LG G8X ThinQ design leak shows smaller notch, two rear cameras

The LG G8 ThinQ may have been announced less than six months ago but that isn’t stopping LG from preparing an updated version for a debut at IFA 2019. And, while little is know about what this particular flagship will offer, tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer has just revealed what the flagship should look like.

Say goodbye to the wide notch and air gestures

Kicking things off with a look at the smartphone’s front panel, it appears LG is preparing one rather important design change that’ll likely be met with praise by customers. Gone is the wide, angular notch which graced the G7 ThinQ & G8 ThinQ and in its place is a new waterdrop-like alternative which houses the front-facing camera. 

It’s unclear at this stage if any upgrades are planned for the selfie sensor but there’s most certainly a downside to this new design. Specifically, the lack of area inside the notch means there’s no room for the G8 ThinQ’s 3D camera system that enabled secure face unlock and the gimmicky “Air Motion” gestures. Another detail worth pointing out is the larger speaker grill along the very edge of the aluminum frame which ultimately suggests LG’s Sound-on-Display tech has been axed.

Elsewhere, the front of the LG G8X ThinQ is virtually identical to the model it succeeds. Side bezels are just as thin and the chin, rather predictably, is noticeably thicker. For those of you curious about the size of the smartphone and its display, Hemmerstoffer suggests it’ll measure in at 159.3 x 75.8 x 8.5mm and feature a 6.35-inch display. For reference, the G8 ThinQ sports a 6.1-inch panel and is significantly smaller (151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm). 

LG is staying loyal to its dual-camera setup

Despite the mixed reaction LG received back in February due to the lack of a triple-camera setup on the LG G8 ThinQ, the South Korean company is sticking to its guns and has reportedly equipped the G8X model with a dual-camera setup. Once again, any upgrades to the actual sensors are yet to be reported but certain visible changes have been made. These include the return of what seems to be a laser autofocus system and the removal of the glass slab camera casing that previous connected both sensors in favor of cameras that sit separately, therefore resembling the layout on the LG V50 ThinQ.

The rear of the LG G8X ThinQ should include the brand’s logo towards the bottom although, as you may have noticed, there’s no longer a fingerprint scanner. That’s because this particular flagship will be adopting an in-screen alternative.

Completing this smartphone’s external setup will be a power key on the right side, two volume buttons on the left, and a dedicated Google Assistant key just below. Additionally, the bottom of the smartphone includes a USB-C port, microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack, and speaker, while the top is home to yet another microphone.

LG G8X ThinQ processor, storage, and more

Because this smartphone is expected to replace the G8 ThinQ, it’s largely expected to debut with either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 or 855 Plus on the inside. This will probably be accompanied by a 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable internal storage, although an upgrade to 8GB of RAM could also be possible.

The LG G8X is expected to debut with Android 9 Pie pre-installed alongside the company’s custom overlay. An upgrade to Android 10 Q is to be expected, but LG doesn’t exactly have the best history when it comes to software updates so this likely won’t roll out until 2020.

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G8X ThinQ
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(20h talk time)



1. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

LG ... take the rest of the year off. Get some help

5. PortaLGrim

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Why would LG take the rest of the year off when their phones are better than some the top flagships. Smh

11. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

They COULD be better, but they are not.

26. AnTuTu

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Yeah same as other flagships but how many sales have they made in the past or this year? This phone looks very ordinary and more like a knock off of other mid-range phones.

12. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think they need to take the next few years off because LG clearly doesn't get it.

2. kevv2288

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Is the iPhone the only 2019 phone left with a huge notch? Seems everyone is finally realizing how ugly a notch is.

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 744; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The Mate 30 Pro will also have one because it includes a Face ID-like system.

17. ijuanp03

Posts: 685; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

You can have a face-id like system without the ugly notch or you prefer an ugly notch than some bezel?

21. joshuaswingle

Posts: 744; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Tbh I'm not that bothered and never have been. The actual tech is more important to me. I'm happy with a Pixel 4 bezel, an iPhone notch, a G8X notch, and a Samsung punch hole.

23. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Exactly how I feel. None of the current design trends actually bothers me in the slightest.

33. TBomb

Posts: 1705; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

chimming in if you don't mind: design-wise it doesn't bother me. However, I like my notification icons at the top and a wide notch ruins that for me a lot.

31. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Your taste are really bad the G8 looks a lot better than this cheap teardrop big chin Chinese knock off phones.

4. LawnBoy

Posts: 204; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

What the Note should have looked like

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1133; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Mind telling us why you think so? I know it's your subjective opinion, but I'd like to know.

6. PortaLGrim

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

I am liking what i am seeing LG.

19. KingSam

Posts: 1516; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I'm thinking of upgrading to the G8 firm my v35 which u looove! But let's see this first. I'm keeping this phone at least until black Friday. Quad dac + manual camera is amazing. I've also taken my phone in water several times. The microphone is unmatched. And best of all I can have that for $300 a few months later


Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

LG is good alternative if they put some effort into their update on the software so no thanks

9. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

looks good but too late

10. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Damn. Looks like LG and Asus are the only ones left offering the 3.5mm jack. That's very commendable in my books.

13. tangbunna

Posts: 495; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

this leaked content was sponsored by LG.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4383; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Throw away phone

15. phatmanXXL

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

How about no notch? I'll take a little bezel for what should be basic features.

16. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

LG new CEO: we'll release flagships as needed. Also LG: let's push forward with these variants and special models with as little marketing as possible.

18. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 157; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

The LG G8 is one of the best phones so far this year

20. OneLove123

Posts: 1291; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Look much better than the G8 thinq.

32. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Looks uglier than G8.

22. BeastlyOne

Posts: 5; Member since: May 14, 2014

Worst design for LG so far. Are they dedicated to losing their phone business? I am a long time LG user and currently use the G8. There were two major things that made the LG phones exceptional - the removable battery and the rear button. There is no reason they could not have made a phone both water resistant and removable but they surrendered that advantage a long time ago. But the rear button! The thing I like least about my G8 is the side power button. Very inconvenient to anyone used to the rear button but ok, one doesn't use the power button all that often. Unlock is another thing. You just pick up the phone and it "automatically" unlocks because that is where your finger falls naturally. I don't bother with facial recognition or anything else because this is so natural and easy. If this is actually what LG has planned for the future, then there is no longer any reason not to switch to Samsung.

24. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Never used an LG with rear fingerprint sensor, but I did use a G4 when my S6 Edge+ was being repaired. I absolutely loved the rear buttons, and found that it was actually very useful. I will definitely give LG some credit there.

25. Vogue1985 unregistered

It look good, the tear droo is okay. The back ,live it,on bumps ,nice and seamlessly flat

27. yalokiy

Posts: 1124; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

LG used to have 2 cameras when everybody else had 1. Now, most of competitors have 3 cameras, but LG is still stuck with 2.

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