Report: LG won't compromise with next flagship, Snapdragon 845 expected on G7

It looks like LG won't be forced to rely on older hardware for its next flagship. According to a new report, the South Korean tech giant has already teamed up with Qualcomm in order to ensure that the chipmaker's next high-end mobile platform, tentatively called Snapdragon 845, will be present on its 2018 flagship - the LG G7. 

Apparently, the two companies have already started related development work since the beginning of May. An industry official explained why this move is vital for the phone maker:

As you may know, LG tried to outmaneuver most of the other big manufacturers by releasing its signature phone for 2017, the LG G6, earlier than anyone else. This bold move might have given the G6 a head start, but it also meant that the handset had to be produced with an older Qualcomm platform - the Snapdragon 821. 

LG claims that the configuration with the 2016 chipset is more stable and optimized than smartphones relying on the new Snapdragon 835 (like the Galaxy S8/S8+; Xperia XZ Premium), but we're not sure if these assertions will convince many consumers to go for a preceding SoC.

Still, provided that the report is accurate, this new "early bird" approach indicates that the company won't have to make up excuses for next year.

source: Aju Business Daily (translated) via The Investor



1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Good work.Stop Samsung from hoarding Snapdragon chips.

8. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Samsung phones with Snapdragon chips only go to one country which is the U.S. (and sometimes Canada). Elsewhere, there is only their Exynos processor. There is only just a low supply of Snapdragon chips.

2. endlessz

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Poor LG for the Snapdragon 821 on G6. Some of my friends didn't consider the G6 only because of the older processor

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Your friends are right...

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Your friends are dumb. The first phone to ship with the SD 821 was the Google Pixel which was back in November 2016. So I guess buying an iPhone 7 now would be dumb, because it's chip came out last year, before the SD 821. Besides the SD 821 has proven itself, especially with VR, and sustainable frame rates at 60 fps. More than we can say for any iPhone.

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

His friends are not dumb. You are dumb. Because you don't realise there is nothing newer than the A10 fusion to choose. But the 821 has a successor. Therefore many would be willing to get their hands on a phone with the newest snapdragon instead. And several people look for speed tests and benchmarks. Where the A10 just smokes everything else. Everyone doesn't care about VR or sustained performance. Therefore your statement won't have a drastic impact since people know who's the boss when it comes to raw power. Plus, the 821 doesn't have sustainable frame rates in most heavy duty apps. It might be more sustainale than the A10, but it can barely hit 60fs when it comes to very demanding apps. Whilst the A10 Fusion can.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Talk about stupid. You go on about the raw power of the A10. If the A10 was such a graphics demon, then why does Apple continue to use the lowest resolution displays on their flagship devices? Not to mention if Apples A10 has the fastest GPU, then why is Apple getting rid of Imagination's​ PowerVR, which is currently in every iPhone? Also VR apps by far and away are the most taxing apps. Especially if you compare them to just 2D/3D apps on smartphones. The SD 821 can and does sustain 60 fps with VR and on 2k displays. Until the iPhone has a 2k display, and can sustain 60 fps. Then those benchmarks mean nothing. Also the iPhone 7 display compared to a 2k display is pushing almost 4 times fewer pixels. Even a 2k display is pushing 2 times the number of pixels compared to the iPhone 7 plus with it's full HD display. Is the iPhone 7 plus twice as fast as a smartphone with a SD 821? Not even close. Even Apple themselves don't support VR, because their iPhone's would die, and throttle down from over heating. You are proving to be a sheeple. Get back to us when you actually tried VR.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

"If the A10 was such a graphics demon, then why does Apple continue to use the lowest resolution displays on their flagship devices?" Talk about being stupid! Guess you missed the whole debates about how Apple still thinks that 750p displays are enough for the eyes to not be able to distinguish b/w individual pixels. THAT's the reason Apple doesn't use higher-res displays (and also for maximizing profits)........... I realise why everyone hates you. Not only because you are a troll, but also because of your stupidity. I can't argue with ignorant people. Isn't worth my time. Your whole comment is senseless and shows you don't have a clue about what you're saying. Please go back to school. "Even Apple themselves don't support VR, because their iPhone's would die, and throttle down from over heating." And what kind of idioticity is that? ^

20. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Bruh... do you even research the s**t you spew?

4. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Why should anyone pay top dollar for last years specs? I personally feel Lg is gonna go the Oneplus route like oneplus 3t there might be a G6pro or G6s with the sd835 and a few tweaks.

5. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Get rid of your UX skin as well and give us clean android look.

6. starjammer

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Everyone's user experience is different, I go the G6 at 50% off and I'm loving the phone. I do agree their UX skin is kinda lame but other than that I'm really impressed.

7. sun0066

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

This year lg flagship is a disaster , last year processor and 32 GB , I don't even think of it .

10. Greenmule

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Which model in the LG lineup is the "flagship": the G series or the V series? if the answer is the G series, then why is that? my V20 cost more than the G6 and has a greater feature set. Anyone with a V20 think the G6 is the flagship?

12. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Consider it like this, G series is the equivalent of samsung's S series, while V is kinda like their note series counterpart, and yes, both the G and V are LG's flagship

15. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The v series is definitely the flagship, especially now that big screens are starting to go mainstrean and garner acceptance. The g series only looks like the flagship now because it releases first and because people know it more as it has now been 6 years since the g6 debuted. Otherwise, its no comparision tbh.

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

For half of the year, the G6 is the flagship. For the next half, until the next G phone is released, the V30 will be the flagship. It's that simple! Also, the G series also have big screens.


Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Sort of - up until now. The 18:9 screen of the G6 can't really be considered big considering it's great loss in horizontal estate.

18. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I consider the G6 an excellent phone but I chose the V20 over it for 2 reasons....1st because the V20 has a removable battery, 2nd because of a price drop making it an added bonus. I made the right choice because I absolutely love the V20. At the same time I am very disappointed with LG for ditching the removable battery in the G6 and most likely the V30, I think that is a big mistake but that's just my opinion!

21. Greenmule

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Today, you can buy a G6 for less money than the V20 on almost any USA carrier. G6 is $20.00/mo on VZW and the V20 is $24.00/mo. G6 is 2 for 1 on AT&T. Almost all sites, with a few exceptions, the V20 has a higher user rating than the G6--not this site tho.

11. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Time to make the exynos varient shipping worldwide. ..

16. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

and they're going to use even smaller camera sensor just to save money. LOL

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