LG is expected to build on the success of the LG G6 with the even more impressive LG G7. Here's what we know so far.
When does the LG G7 come out? No confirmed launch or release date just yet.
What’s new about the LG G7? Snapdragon 845 CPU, likely dual camera.
How much will the LG G7 cost? No announced pricing, expected in the $1,000–$1,200 range.
What is the LG G7?
LG's offerings in the premium phone space have been fascinating, ranging from the ambitious but ultimately flawed LG G5, through the more conservatively designed LG G6 – a phone that was very solid for its time but was quickly outpaced by handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium – and even through to the LG V30/V30+, which of course served as the reference platform (more or less) for the excellent LG-built Google Pixel 2 XL.
With the LG V30 still fresh in the Australian market, you may be thinking that rushing out the LG G7 might be unwise, and it seems that LG thinks this way too. There have been conflicting reports as to whether LG will in fact use the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2018 to announce any new handset, in much the same way that Samsung did in 2017 when it held off on the Galaxy S8 after the disastrous showing of the Note 7.
LG has formally denied rumours that it's gone entirely back to the drawing board for the LG G7, but there's still the strong suggestion that it may hold off on announcing and releasing a new premium handset until it's good and ready to do so.
Reports from Korean news sources suggest that LG's next premium phone line may ditch the "G" series branding altogether, although for now, we'll still refer to it as the G7 to keep in line with its premium predecessors.
Part of this delay strategy means that, unlike previous years where a huge number of details surrounding LG launches were known well before Mobile World Congress, there's not that much detail surrounding its next handset. It seems inevitable that it will run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor. It's quite likely that we'll see some kind of evolution of the P-OLED display found in the V30/Pixel 2 XL on the LG G7. Beyond that, it's up to LG as to what goes into its next premium handset.
Will the LG G7 have a good camera?
LG has very good form in delivering interesting multi-camera setups in its premium handsets, typically matching up standard and wide angle lenses at the rear. This gives it a unique selling proposition if you like landscape photography and videography, although it does mean it's one of the few dual lens camera phones on the market not to use both for a merged fake bokeh "portrait" effect.
LG could well stay the wide angle path for the LG G7, or switch to a standard and zoom lens as used by many competitors, but as with the lack of leaks surrounding the new handset, it's hard to say.
Will the LG G7 be water resistant?
LG has made water resistance a key feature of its recent premium handsets, so it would be very surprising for it not to be part of the LG G7's construction.
When will the LG G7 be available in Australia?
That's a very good question! LG usually doesn't have lengthy delays between announcing new handsets and making them available in the Australian marketplace, but with no particular announcement as to even when it will launch its next flagship, determining local availability is pretty much impossible.
How much will the LG G7 cost?
Again, this is tough to absolutely determine but we can use what we know about LG's existing handset pricing to make some educated guesses. The LG V30+ is available in Australia for $1,199 outright, so that's a decent baseline to work from. LG has historically tended to price aggressively against the likes of Samsung and Apple, so somewhere between $1,000 and $1,200 seems likely.
LG G7: Specifications
- Product name
- LG G7
- Display size
- Snapdragon 845
- Operating system
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- TBC, probably dual lens
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