+ Monday January 20th, 2020

With the new year now upon us, the countdown to MWC 2020 (and the first major launches of smartphones for the year) is on.

While Samsung seems likely to launch ahead of MWC this year – with a launch event announced for 11 February – eyes at MWC will turn to those choosing to launch at the event, and a company that rarely misses an opportunity to launch a brand new handset at MWC is LG.

This year, LG is rumoured to launch the LG G9, and thanks to some high quality renders from OnLeaks, we’ve now got a better understanding of what LG’s 2020 smartphone line-up is likely to include.

LG-G9-5K3

There’s not much to make of the new phone from these renders, except for the minimal notch on the front – ditching front-facing sensors for a more pleasant viewing experience – and four cameras on the rear.

LG-G9-5K2

What else can we discern from these renders? Fairly ordinary details, if we’re honest – the inclusion of USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a likely in-screen fingerprint sensor (as there’s no hardware one) and a – broadly speaking, at least – fairly similar design to the LG V50 ThinQ which we most recently saw a couple of months ago.

With 7 weeks until MWC 2020 kicks off, I’m sure we’ll find out more about the LG G9 before then. However, with the competition at the top tier moving ahead so quickly, and with Huawei seemingly out of the race, can LG pick up the baton and give Samsung a run for their money?

More recent performance would suggest not, but LG used to make some very good phones. It’s time they did again.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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