LG’s next flagship smartphone, the G7, can stake claim for being the most controversial smartphone this year. The G7 was first said to debut at MWC 2018 in February, but it was called off after the company’s mobile division chief found that it did not bring any meaningful upgrade. Then a mystery device by the name of G7 Neo appeared at LG’s MWC booth confirming it is the device the South Korean company scrapped at the last moment.
But it now seems that the G7 is indeed in works, and could arrive sometime in May or June this year. The smartphone has leaked in the form of renders in the past and now OnLeaks has shared 3D CAD renders of the device. The renders posted in partnership with Mr Phone confirms what we had previously seen via various leaks of the device.
The render shows that LG G7 will feature a metal and glass design first seen on last year’s G6. The front seems to sport a notch similar to many other Android smartphones launched in the past month, and it also seems to embrace an edge-to-edge display design with thinner chin compared to its predecessor. The renders which show the device from all possible angles now confirms that LG G7, like its Korean sibling Galaxy S9, will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.
It will house a USB Type-C port alongside a bottom-firing speaker and headphone jack. The left side seems to house a button, which could be the power button. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back-side of the device, a placement that LG has followed for a really long time. There are three buttons on the right side of the device, which could be volume rocker on the top but the bottom button’s use remains a mystery. If this a ThinQ AI edition phone then the button might serve to trigger the artificial intelligence assistant.
There is a vertically-stacked dual camera system at the back followed by the fingerprint sensor mounted on the curved glass back. The smartphone seems to bring nothing radical in terms of design elements, and it is not clear whether LG will pass on the notch as a major design change like Huawei and Asus have in the past few months. LG also recently took to Reddit to understand what consumers really think about the notch and the result was that nobody likes the notch.
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From what we have heard so far, the LG G7 is expected to feature Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with option for 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It is expected to sport a 6.01-inch Quad HD+ OLED display with rumors hinting at a cheaper variant with LCD display. The device is expected to use dual 16-megapixel sensors at the back, and an 8-megapixel camera at the front. LG is in desperate need for a new flagship smartphone to stay relevant, and if these leaks are anything to go by then it does not seem to make a cut.