Update: The LG G8 is landing on February 24 and it might not be alone. Plus, we’ve now seen detailed renders seemingly showing the phone, along with hints of a new gesture-based interface.
The LG G8 release date will be announced at MWC 2019 in late February, but we’re already hearing about the smartphone’s new features and price ahead of time.
New LG G8 ThinQ leaks suggest that LG is making a flagship handset with a second screen attachment. How the two screens attach, and if it’s a feature truly intended for the LG G8, remains a mystery as of today.
This is supposedly LG’s take on the soon-to-be-trendy foldable phone idea that will take off in 2019. However, it should prove to be cheaper than something like the Samsung Galaxy X that uses a single display that flexes down the middle.
Other LG G8 rumors suggest it’ll abandon the traditional speaker grille in favor of the Sound on Display technology seen in some LG televisions. This means the audio would come out of the screen through vibrations.
Since we don’t know a lot about the LG G8, we’ve also outlined features it could really use in the year-over-year upgrade.
The LG G8 ThinQ is being readied for a late February launch event at MWC 2019, specifically on February 24. An event invite has now specified that date, following rumors of the same.
This may not be the only LG smartphone in attendance at the mobile conference. That’s why we’re unsure if the LG G8 will be the one with the leaked second screen attachment, or if that feature will come to a separate phone.
Indeed, we’ve now heard reports that the LG V50 ThinQ, complete with 5G and a higher price than the G8, will also land at MWC.
You can expect the LG G8 to release in late March. LG usually takes a month from the date of the announcement to roll its phone out to the US and UK, and a rumor specifically talks about a March on sale date.
Rumors about the price come from a report out of South Korea that suggest it’ll be in line with current premium-tier flagship phone pricing. The LG G7 ThinQ cost $749 / £619 / AU$1,099, so prices for the G8 may be similar.
A Reddit leak suggested the 128GB version of the device will launch for C$1,199.99, which roughly converts to $900, £700 or AU$1,270, but this could change or be proven totally inaccurate when LG announces the phone.
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie|
19.5:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Rear Cameras||Three sensors|
|Audio||Sound on Display tech
3.5mm headphone jack
Hi-Fi Quad DAC
|Dimensions||152 x 72 x 8.4 mm|