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The latest flagship phone from LG is expected to be fast and with some unique features for a premium handset in 2019.
LG has two primary "flagship" phone ranges, with the G-series phones typically appearing in the first half of the calendar year. The LG G7 ThinQ took a little longer than usual to appear in 2018, but it appears that LG is wasting little time in 2019, with the LG G8 ThinQ expected to be one of the stars of this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
- 6.1 inch display rumoured.
- Will it have a notch or a teardrop?
- "Sound on Display" speaker built into display.
- Fingerprint reader on the rear.
- Dual rear cameras likely.
- Snapdragon 855 likely.
- Probably not 5G ready.
- Battery specs still TBC.
- Expect wireless charging.
Pricing and availability
- Pricing expected around $1,000-$1,500.
- LG doesn't tend to rush phones to the Australian market.
LG's position in the mobile market isn't one of particular strength globally, even though it's produced some fine phones in recent years. It's found itself outpaced by competitors in terms of luring consumers in, so there's no doubt it would love to have a hit on its hands with the LG G8 ThinQ.
Pricing will be a key part of that story. LG used to occupy a very solid challenger space with its G-series phones, but recent years have seen its pricing creep upwards. It's true that most premium flagships have seen price bumps in recent years, but if LG can bring the LG G8 ThinQ to market at a more challenging price, it could have a really compelling story to tell.
Based on prior history we wouldn't expect the LG G8 ThinQ to rush to the local market. LG has often waited for a while before bringing its flagship phones to Australia, and the LG G8 ThinQ may well continue that trend.
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- Product Name
- LG G8 ThinQ
- Display Size
- 6.1 inches expected.
- TBC, expected Snapdragon 855
- TBC, 4GB minimum expected
- Operating System
- Android P
- Front camera
- Rear camera
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