LG is expected to launch two new devices at the beginning of next month at IFA 2019. LG’s phones that may get unveiled at the upcoming IFA 2019 include LG G8X, LG V60 ThinQ, LG 50s and LG V60s. Rumors of a fifth device, called the V50s ThinQ, have just surfaced in the South Korean media. However, the V50s ThinQ is speculated as a rebranded G8X for their domestic market. The G8X is expected to go official as an upgraded version of the LG G8 ThinQ that was showcased at the MWC 2019, back in February.
Kwon Bong-seok, President of the Mobile Communication Division at LG, revealed that the G-series smartphones support the 4G networks whereas the V-series phones will be 5G ready. The reason behind this move is the global recognition of the LG G-series. As opposed to the V-series that is more popular in the domestic market. The international-spec of the LG G8X is expected to feature 4G connectivity, while the South Korean version could get a 5G modem. According to a post by Yonhap News, South Korea has the highest density of 5G users in the world. The figure currently stands at 2 million.
LG G8X Specifications and Features
LG is yet to formally announce the specifications of the G8X. However, leak-based renders from Onleaks, in association with Pricebaba were spotted earlier this week. The images highlight the smartphone from every angle, leaving a pretty good idea of what to expect from the device.
The G8X features a 6.2-inch display with a dewdrop notch. The absence of a dedicated fingerprint sensor hints at the possibility of an in-display fingerprint scanner, which would be a first for LG. The dewdrop notch is too small to house any dedicated facial recognition sensors. This means that users will have to stay content with a selfie camera-based screen unlock unit.
If LG plans to replace the G8 ThinQ with the G8X, the hardware needs to be of flagship standards. The G8X is likely to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, although, there is no information on the memory or storage options on offer. The G8X gets a dual camera setup at the rear. LG could introduce new sensors soon, although, the G8X reportedly has the same primary and wide angle setup as the G8 ThinQ.
The images confirm the presence of a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB Type-C port. The highlight of the G8X is the presence of an earpiece. This means LG has done away with the vibrating screen technology for voice calls, previously seen on the G8 ThinQ.