More details about LG‘s upcoming flagship smartphone have been revealed today. Codenamed ‘Judy,’ the smartphone is expected to be released sometime in June and is speculated to be part of the G series, albeit with a new moniker.
The latest leaks about the LG smartphone arrive from serial tipster Evan Blass. In his tweet, Blass notes the smartphone will have ‘G710’ as its model number, GSMArena reports. While model numbers are no indication of the actual marketing name, but the reference to G7 is in contrast with some rumors which suggest that LG might be looking at re-branding its upcoming flagship smartphone.
In a recent interview, LG mobile head Hwang Jeong-hwan said, “Changing the name of our premium phone represents an overhaul of our brand. We have maintained our G, V naming strategy and changing that requires us to have confidence in presenting that to our customers, and for us to have planned it in advance. Some say that we need to change our brand now, but we won’t act prematurely.”
Irrespective of the device being named LG G7, in line with the current lineup, or LG Judy, based on the current rumors, the smartphone will reportedly deliver high-end specs with the display and hardware as the selling points.
In a separate leak, details about an LG patent out of the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) have emerged which hint at the upcoming smartphone. Based on the details, the upcoming LG smartphone will further push the edge-to-edge display technology ahead and reposition the earpiece and the front camera to the extreme corner, much like the Essential Phone which includes a cutout near the top of the screen.
The application details a small cutout near the top of the screen which is where the company could place the earpiece along with the front camera. The position of the cutout is such that it leaves some space for the status bar on top. LG has experimented with the idea of a dedicated status bar in its previous V10 and V20 smartphones which shipped with a ticker display right above the main screen.
Based on the leaks, the upcoming display could use a 19:9 screen aspect ratio. There also appears to be a full ribbon cable and housing assembly below to attach the screen to the phone’s mainboard. Overall, the reference images appear simple, but the finer details point to a more enhanced display which we will possibly get to see on the next LG phone. However, it is to be noted that a patent application is not necessarily an indication of a final product and may be part of the company’s research and development routine.
In terms of specifications, rumors indicate the LG G6 successor will feature a 6.1-inch MLCD+ screen with white sub-pixels, which will deliver brightness up to 800 nits, without consuming more power. The phone is likely to run Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which will be expandable via microSD card.
For photography, the upcoming LG phone is expected to pack a dual camera with glass optical elements and f/1.6 aperture lenses. Other rumored features include support for HDR10 on the display, water and dust resistance, stereo speakers, wireless charging support, and camera AI.