Alleged LG G9 ThinQ renders show quad-camera setup, notched display


UPDATE: LG has responded to our request for a comment with the below statement. Ken Hong, for reference, is the executive that denied the accuracy of the LG G8 ThinQ renders by Steve Hemmerstoffer last year. The original story continues after the quote.


The Samsung Galaxy S20, Huawei P40 Pro, and iPhone 12 have been dominating the headlines recently. But it turns out LG is also hard at work on a new flagship and, thanks to tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, we now know what it’ll probably look like.

LG is going all-in with the cameras this year


Expected to be marketed as the LG G9 ThinQ once it hit shelves, the upcoming smartphone builds upon the design of the fairly new LG G8X ThinQ by adopting a tall display complete with a small, waterdrop-like notch towards the top.

In an attempt to better compete with the latest flagships from Samsung and Huawei, though, the size of the screen is reportedly being increased from 6.4-inches to somewhere in the region of 6.8-inches. Hemmerstoffer didn't provide any further details about the panel, although LG's OLED technology is expected to return alongside the in-screen fingerprint scanner.

As you may have noticed, the bezels around the display remain largely unchanged. LG has, however, put in some extra effort on the rear by replacing its arguably weak dual-camera setup with a much more impressive quad-camera setup. This is housed within a horizontal module and, as a result, means the phone looks quite similar to the Galaxy S10 5G from the back.

Details about the camera configuration are yet to leak but it should incorporate an updated main sensor that's accompanied by an ultra-wide-angle shooter, a telephoto camera, and a Time-of-Flight sensor. The versatile system looks set to be paired with a dual-LED flash.

The much-loved headphone jack is still there


Like most other flagship smartphones these days, the LG G9 ThinQ appears to feature a metal frame carved out of aluminum. It's home to the power key on the right side and individual volume buttons on the left. LG's close relationship with Google also continues with what appears to be a dedicated Google Assistant button.

As for the rest of the smartphone, the SIM card tray and microSD card slot seems to be included on the top, while the bottom is home to a USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a speaker. The latter is paired with an in-ear speaker towards the top of the display, suggesting LG is permanently ditching the G8 ThinQ's Sound-on-Display technology.

Regarding the internal specifications, LG is expected to fit the phone with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 and a 6/128GB internal storage configuration as standard, although other options could be available. 

Like most other 2020 flagship smartphones, Android 10 should be present straight out of the box. It'll be paired with the latest version of LG's custom overlay and support for 5G networks. The battery capacity remains unclear at this stage, but a minimum of 4,000mAh is to be expected alongside some sort of fast charging technology.

LG G9 ThinQ announcement and release date


The LG G9 ThinQ will probably be announced in late February at an MWC 2020 press conference in Barcelona. Because LG is typically slow when it comes to releasing products, however, shipments of the flagship smartphone probably won't begin until late March or early April.

Pricing remains a total mystery at this stage, although the company's shrinking presence in the high-end smartphone segment would suggest it'll avoid positioning the phone as a direct Huawei P40 Pro and Galaxy S20 competitor. As such, it'll probably be priced in the region of $700 and be positioned as an iPhone 11 and OnePlus 7 Pro competitor.

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39 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1345; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They will deny like last year. Then bring a phone exactly like this. My guess is : QHD HDR10/Dolby oled, 3900 mAh, imx686 + 16MP UWA + 12 MP 3x zoom + ToF, 32MP (quadbayer) selfie , 8 + 128 and 8 + 256 (as G9+ or G9s) ......

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also headphone jack and ESS Quad DAC+Amp Will be interesting to see if it does better than the G8 since its one of the only flagship phones left with it But probably not since their marketing team is unless and their cameras aren't top tier

37. cheetah2k

Posts: 2319; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Looks like the new Sony bringing headphone jack back too..

41. TBomb

Posts: 1705; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

In the words of NF: I'm sick of people tellin' people I'm here 'cause of marketing dollars, oh You think that everything is gonna blow just 'cause you market it harder? No

2. shield

Posts: 888; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Look good, now LG need 5000mAh battery and better camera!

15. ZARTAN99

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Plus Speakers!

40. OneLove123

Posts: 1291; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

LGG8 thinq speakers are pretty good

42. ZARTAN99

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

not good enough

3. Cat97

Posts: 2021; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Chin, forehead, notch and huge size, all the right ingredients for another failure.

4. shield

Posts: 888; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Why? Who need small bezzel, chin etc? Notch is small better than ugly punch hole.

11. LiveFaith

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

What is it with the Koreans? They are in love with these chins and foreheads in non-symmetry. Apple has more wasted bezel on the 10s & 11s, but the look is beautiful compared to this disjointed crap. And I'm a Samsung user. Is this attractive in Asia? Just wondering why they are hell-bent on doing it?

22. ijuanp03

Posts: 686; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

IPhone 11 Pro has chin, cheeks and a notch.

5. shield

Posts: 888; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

169.4 x 77.6 x 8.8mm and 6.8" display.

7. Sealblaighter

Posts: 434; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Too big! 169 is too big for many people.

12. LiveFaith

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I wish someone would bring a true flagship at @ the 5.7-6" 19:10 bezzelless. I find it hard to believe that it would not get traction. The Note 10 seems to be selling, even with being crippled.

17. TBomb

Posts: 1705; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Part of the reason might be the difficulties in fitting everything in something that size. As we ask for more cameras, faster processors, bigger batteries, and more specs, the device requires more physical space to run at the efficiency and quality that we desire. Can't /really/ make a bigger battery without making it "bigger". Can't add more cameras without the cameras taking more physical space. Heat is created by certain components and they require special attention to the physical development too.

6. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I'm open to giving LG another shot this year especially if they worked on the camera hardware. The camera software in terms of manual controls has always been above the rest of the competition until Sony recently surpassed them.

8. MrMalignance

Posts: 352; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I agree, although I think it's the camera software processing that cause the issue with photos. The results from the gcam adapted for lg phones puts out great results. To me, that shows that it's a software issue instead of hardware

16. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Oh yeah you're talking about the software processing which I agree although they got a lot better with the G8 and V50.

20. MrMalignance

Posts: 352; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Yeah, exactly

9. HarysViewty

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

Sony only surpassed LG's manual mode with support for telephoto lens. That's all LG is still miles ahead of Sony on that

10. HarysViewty

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

If G means 4G & V for 5G now, I don't think 2020 G series will be top of the line flagship Also where's the pogopin for DualScreen? USB type C design isn't very compact solution

13. raky_b

Posts: 440; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If it would really be priced accordingly, and with that specs and at least 4000mAh (but preferably little larger) it could be good choice. But, me personally, will still look for something physically smaller.

14. LEEDAQ

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Hello LamsunG

18. TBomb

Posts: 1705; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Would love to see LG get back some traction in the markets!

21. Duncdawg26

Posts: 189; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Oddly looking forward to this... I think the G8x makes me feel like they could actually present a worth-while product, whether it be improved battery life or a bigger screen or a lower price.

24. ajitjain

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 04, 2020

in another failure from LG is coming????? by seeing the old design...…...

28. CEDEOTB

Posts: 477; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Why didn't they punch a hole instead of using a notch? ITS 2020! It looks like any cheap Chinese notched phone.

30. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Centered year drop is hardly disruptive IMO.

33. Duncdawg26

Posts: 189; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Imo, a small notch is much better than a hole punch. I think hole punches are super annoying and there's plenty more people that would agree... I would MUCH prefer a pop-up selfie but a small notch is just fine, as long as they don't try to charge $1000 for their phones. Hopefully they learned from the G8x that if they start the price right, they could actually get some positive reviews (aka, free press).

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