LG G8 ThinQ: News and rumors

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2018 was a busy year for LG. In addition to the LG G7 ThinQ, we’ve also seen the LG V30S ThinQ, the LG V35 ThinQ, and even the LG V40 ThinQ. Despite this release roster, it still had time to think about the LG G8 ThinQ, and rumors about its existence and release have started to spread. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming LG G8 ThinQ.

Name and release

Unlike some smartphone manufacturers, LG tends to stay true to its naming conventions. Rumors so far seem to agree the phone will be called the LG G8, either with or without the ThinQ suffix. It’s claimed the LG G8 will be released in South Korea and internationally at the end of March, according to sources speaking to ETNews, which puts the G8 in line for a Mobile World Congress launch at the end of February. This older rumor has been backed up by more recent rumors, which claim a MWC 2019 reveal is now very likely.

Old rumors said the G8 was more likely come in May — which would match previous phones. The LG G7 was revealed in May 2018, making it less than a year old if LG does return to MWC for its flagship phone launch. However, this could be down to an accelerated release schedule.

There are no rumors regarding price and LG does not usually reveal how much a phone costs at all, often leaving that job to carriers.

Design and screen

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What will the LG G8 look like? The screen may change from having a wide, square notch to a water droplet version, in a similar shift to the one implemented by OnePlus for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T.

LG may also be working on new display technology which incorporates a speaker. This would mean the elimination of a traditional speaker in favor of an on-screen speaker system. Other reports claimed this may not be ready for 2019, but a recent tweet from leaker Steve H. makes claims to the contrary, citing a source who says we’ll see this “Sound on Display” technology in the G8. After the G7 introduced the impressive Boombox speaker, this could be the natural next step.

The LG G8 ThinQ’s screen may also have an impressive resolution. LG may use a 4K LCD screen on the G8, according to an unsubstantiated rumor from phone leaker Ice Universe.

Specs

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Since the LG G8 ThinQ will be one of LG’s 2019 flagships, we’re fairly confident the phone will have top-of-the-line specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. However, we should not expect the LG G8 to have 5G connectivity, as LG is rumored to be introducing a new range for this purpose.

There are no leaks around RAM and storage options for the LG G8 ThinQ yet. If we had to venture a guess based off the LG G7 ThinQ and smartphone trends, we would say at the base model of the LG G8 ThinQ will have 6GB of RAM and a 128GB of onboard storage.

Updated on January 15, 2019: The LG G8 ThinQ may arrive at MWC 2019 with an on-screen speaker.