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LG's 2018 flagship could launch in April

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The 2018 flagship will be the sequel to the LG G6
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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