LG has already confirmed that its flagship smartphone, LG G7 ThinQ, will be officially unveiled at an event in New York on May 2. The smartphone has been doing rounds of the rumor mill since Mobile World Congress 2018 in February. Now, a new image shows what LG plans to do with the design of its next flagship smartphone.
A press render leaked earlier suggested that LG will move the power button to the right side and the new image shared by well-known leaker Evan Blass confirms that notion. The image shared by Blass seems to be one of the official press renders for the smartphone. It shows the smartphone’s background expanding from the display of the G7 ThinQ. There is a possibility that this image will be the stock wallpaper this year.
The most definitive change will the power button at the right side of the handset. LG was one of the pioneers to relocate the power button and volume rocker to the back of the device. Now, it might be undoing its own work in that space but going back to standard design language. Since the power button is being moved to the side, the fingerprint sensor on the back of the G7 ThinQ might not serve the dual duty this time around.
It is also clear that the G7 ThinQ will feature a notch or a cut-out at the top of the display to hide the front-facing camera, earpiece and the iris scanner. Despite the notch, the smartphone does not seem to be following on the footsteps of iPhone X to offer an edge-to-edge display design. There is a visible chin at the bottom of the device, which could mean that LG is retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack.
LG G7 has been one of the most controversial smartphones this year with its launch first set for MWC 2018 and later being cancelled to a later date. The reports suggest LG’s mobile division chief asked the team to work from scratch on this smartphone. These renders are anything to go by then LG has simply stuck with its own design from last year and has copied the industry to adopt the notch.
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Most analysts believe that the G7 ThinQ is a last ditch effort from LG to stay relevant in the highly competitive smartphone market. It has ceded its position in the premium segment to the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi and is struggling to match Korean rival Samsung in its home market. The big question with G7 ThinQ launch will be whether LG manages to recreate enthusiasm for its flagship smartphone and will be good enough to compete with iPhone and Galaxies of the mobile world.