Revealed on Twitter by trusty Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), the renders included below supposedly depict the LG G8 ThinQ in black. When viewed from the front, the phone doesn’t look too different from last year’s LG G7 ThinQ, having a pretty similar notch, although the bezels around its screen are slightly thinner. On the back, the G8 hosts a fingerprint scanner and a dual camera. Unlike the dual camera of the G7, which is aligned vertically, the new one is aligned horizontally – this is the most visible (yet somewhat unimportant) design change that we can spot on the G8.
Cherished feature not forgotten by LG
Fans of the standard 3.5mm audio jack should be happy to find out that LG hasn’t excluded this feature from the G8 ThinQ. Just as on the old G7, the standard headphone jack is located at the bottom of the G8. A previous leak showing a silver version of the G8 ThinQ did not tell us anything about the audio jack, so it’s good to see that this exists. A few years ago, Apple removed the 3.5mm jack from all its new phones and never looked back, but the feature is still highly appreciated – that’s probably why Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 (which is bound to compete with the LG G8) will have it, too.
LG G8 ThinQ specs
The LG G8 ThinQ is expected to sport a 6.1-inch OLED display with 1440 x 3120 pixels (same size and resolution as the screen of the G7). The new handset should run Android 9 Pie out of the box, further featuring dust- and water-resistance, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, at least 6 GB of RAM, microSD card support, and (probably) 128 GB of storage space.
LG’s G series of phones is not known for its long-lasting batteries, but maybe things will change with the G8 ThinQ. According to a recent report, the new device packs a 3,400 mAh battery – that’s 400 mAh more than what the 3,000 mAh battery of the G7 is offering.
The front and rear cameras of the LG G8 ThinQ are – naturally – expected to be better than those of the G7. For now, we do not have any details about the G8’s dual rear camera, but – according to LG – the front-facing one should be able to bring “unmatched” capabilities. You can read more on this here.
LG G8 ThinQ price and release date
LG plans to properly unveil the G8 ThinQ later this month, on February 28. The phone’s release date could be March 22 (as shown on the home screen of the leaked renders), but that remains to be confirmed. We’re expecting all major US carriers to sell the LG G8 ThinQ, although surprises can’t be excluded – last year, for example, AT&T didn’t carry the LG G7, launching the exclusive LG V35 instead.
The price of the LG G8 ThinQ for the US market is currently not known. However, rumor has it that the smartphone will cost $1,199 CAD in Canada – if that’s true, the handset will likely be priced at around $900 in the US, so it could be $100 more expensive than the G7 (this was sold for $799 at launch, although the price was cut to $699 after a few months). Of course, carriers may have various LG G8 deals and promo offers in place to make the purchase more attractive.