LG Electronics is not expected to launch the successor to its G6 flagship at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018) in February. The company CEO has reportedly asked the team to work on its next flagship from scratch and the smartphone is now likely to launch sometime in April. However, LG does plan to showcase new smartphones at MWC next month.
According to The Korea Herald, LG is planning to launch an updated version of V30 smartphone with improved AI capabilities. The new phone will replace the new G series model, which used to be announced at Mobile World Congress every year. The report says the new version could be named as “V30+‘α’” when it is officially introduced on February 26.
LG G6 and V30 already come integrated with Google Assistant and support Korean language service in company’s home market. The new version of V30 is likely to feature Google Assistant, but might also include other integrations. The announcement of an upgraded V30 model is seen as an attempt to extend the shelf life of existing smartphones.
“We need a strategy to maintain the existing platforms longer. The G6 and V30 smartphones are really well-made,” CEO Jo Seong-jin said at the Consumer Electronics Show last week.
At CES this month, LG introduced televisions based on its ThinQ AI platform that integrates company’s own interface but also offers support for Google Assistant in select markets. With the new version of V30, the company could adopt a similar approach by offering integration with its own TV and other home appliances.
The new version is expected to sport the same 6-inch P-OLED display, 4GB RAM, up to 128GB internal storage and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. The smartphone will retain the dual rear camera with 16-megapixel primary lens and a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The new model might launch with Android Oreo out of the box and pack a 3,300mAh battery. It remains to be seen whether an upgraded smartphone will be enough to compete against new hardware from Samsung, Sony, Nokia and Xiaomi.