LG's 2018 flagship could launch in April

LG has a new man running its mobile division, Hwang Jeong-hwan. Looking to shake things up following a series of weak results, the new boss is reportedly thinking about re-branding the flagship line. Besides changing the name of the 2018 flagship from the once expected LG G7, the manufacturer is also looking to push back the usual timetable. Traditionally, LG's new flagship model has been unveiled at MWC in Barcelona every February. But a report published today indicates that the LG G6 successor will be unveiled in the middle of March and launched in April. LG will apparently skip the 2018 MWC trade show, and a Korean telecom official said, "LG is unlikely to unveil the G7 at MWC. The phone could be unveiled in mid-March before its official launch."

One possible reason for the new schedule is to make sure that LG's 2018 flagship gets to be powered by the latest mobile platform from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845. Last year, the LG G6 was forced to have Qualcomm's top 2016 chipset, the Snapdragon 821, under the hood. That happened because Samsung had a deal with Qualcomm giving the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ the first dibs on the Snapdragon 835. Months passed before LG used the latter SoC on the LG V30.

The latest speculation calls for the LG G7 (or whatever the device will be named) to be equipped with the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, a so-called bezel-less screen similar to the LG V30's OLED display, and a dual camera setup in back. The new model is also expected to feature iris recognition to unlock the handset, and to verify the user's identity.

source: TheInvestor

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9 Comments

1. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

LG, can shake up the industry again and go for 3 cameras set up in the back - 24mm, 50mm, telephone (90 or more). Enough with the faux bokeh from competitors

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I'm not sure that adding a 3rd camera in the back would be enough to "shake up the industry" as you put it. MOAR just isn't always better & I'm not interested in paying more money for these flagships that are already overpriced for a feature I think would add very little to the already great smartphone cameras we currently have.

4. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Adding a third focal length camera isn't like increasing screen size or resolution. It's a functional addition and if you ever owned a camera with zoom or interchangeable lenses you will know that. More is not always better, but it's better when the current functionality is not complete (in this case complete to replace point and shoot cameras).

8. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I appreciate the knowledge. I guess I was speaking more from my own perspective because the camera has never been a huge criteria in my choices in phones. The way I look at it, almost every flagship nowadays has a camera that I would be more than satisfied with, so while I welcome better ones, I wouldn't want another lens if it ended up costing me more money.

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No, they should add a bigger main sensor imo. The V30 has an awfully small 1/3.01" sensor if I'm correct, while Samsung uses a bigger 1/2.5" and Sony using the biggest of them all, an 1/2.3" sensor.

2. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

NO LG K10 2018 in CES.

5. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Can't wait! I really liked my G6, even though it had its shortcomings. This will probably replace it.

7. Shisa

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 08, 2017

Improve front camera, get 845 and do the same G6. It will be perfect phone for me. Don't get trash functions to increase price.

9. rsiders

Posts: 1978; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

While I'm all for LG improving their lineup I'm not sure that giving Samsung the sole spotlight and months of head start in sales is going to help the G7(G?) Otherwise they need to go to an f/1.9 or better 8mp front facing camera, increase the sensor size of the rear camera, and work on the OIS. Hardware wise LG really stepped up last year. Listen to reviews and complaints about the software and make improvements there and what you might have is the best early phone of 2018.

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