LG says it planned the G7 ThinQ notch design before Apple
That may be true in some cases, but it doesn't apply to all smartphone that embraced the notch design lately. For example, LG's new G7 ThinQ strongly resemblances the iPhone X when it comes to display design, but the South Korean giant denies it copied Apple's product.
According to LG's mobile division chief, Hwang Jeong-hwan, his company “planned the notch design before Apple.” He also said that LG prefers to call the new feature a second display rather than a notch, which might imply that something is missing.
LG's official claims that while the design of the G7 ThinQ may look similar to that of other well-known flagship smartphones, it offers different features. On the side note, Hwang confirmed the while the G7 ThinQ doesn't feature the gimmicky AR-based animated emojis, they will be added via software update late on.