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

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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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