LG have not had a great couple of years with 2018 being especially uninspiring. This year, with the launch of the G8, they are expected to try to become relevant in the smartphone market again.
LG have made some decent phones but have not pushed the envelope of innovation in recent times. They were the first to introduce an 18:9 display and include a wide angled rear facing camera (which I still wish every phone had) with the G5 but since then have not brought much new to the table.
According to a new leak from Korean website etnews the LG G8 will be launched around the world in March. It will arrive with LTE but no 5G and a new 3D camera. The notch will be shrunken, as it most definitely needed to be from the G7 ThinQ, down to a teardrop notch which manufacturers such as OPPO and OnePlus have already had success with.
That puts LG at least five to six months behind those manufacturers with their notch solution — they had better hope that those companies (and others) do not move past the teardrop onto the next iteration in display technology as we head towards the full display phone. If they do then the G8 will look old hat in a notch-less world.
Also included in the leak is the presence of an LG 5G phone which is NOT a G8. As other companies such as OnePlus are doing, LG will be separating their 5G phone from their flagship, at least until 5G is the common standard and easily accessible throughout the world.
LG will also be releasing the mid-range Q9 in January (CES maybe?). The Q9 will feature a 6.1 inch display with a Snapdragon 660 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and a 3000 mAh battery.
The rumoured foldable LG phone is not set to make an appearance until the third quarter of this year and is expected to sport 5G connectivity.
Hopefully LG can pull off some magic with their phones this year, especially in the software section where many of their recent phones have lacked polish.
Do you think LG will be able to reverse their fortunes of 2018 in 2019? What will it take from them for you to consider them for your next phone?