LG is a big name when it comes to home appliances but its mobile division seems to stay behind than other departments. The company is trying to working according to emerging marketing demands. To do so, LG has planned to shift its focus from flagship smartphones to mid-range premium phones and mass-tier 5G products. This assumed to attract budget-conscious consumers and deal with the competition due to Chinese rival mobile phone manufacturers at the same time. Rumors also suggested that LG might completely drop its flagship smartphone series in favor of less expensive series. Earlier this week we came to know through rumors that LG is planning on releasing the series by the mid of next month, and now the company has shared an update on the design of its new device.
LG recently released a press, not on the upcoming device that will feature a design that uses the company's new design inspired by nature. Instead of having a large rectangular shaped camera bump on the rear side of the device, which is slowly becoming the norm, the upcoming LG devices will feature a raindrop camera module. The smartphone will feature three camera lenses, with the cameras arranged vertically in descending order by size along with the LED flash. The new camera is meant to look like the falling raindrops, with the primary camera sitting slightly above the surface, while the other two camera lenses sit completely flush with the back glass.
Along with the nature-inspired camera module, the upcoming smartphone will feature the 3D Arch design, where the edges of the front and back sides are symmetrically curved. According to the company, its new design facilitates the users to hold the device and will provide more natural experience as compared to other devices in the past. In a statement regarding the new design approach, the company's head for the Mobile Communications Design Lab, Cha Yong-Duk, was quoted saying, "Our upcoming smartphone will draw on the rich history of classic LG design which has always been distinctive at first touch. This handset will be a first-look at the competitive edge we will be bringing to every LG smartphone going forward."
LG has been silent for some time but recently it launched a new phone, the LG V60 ThinQ after a long time now. LG was scheduled to launch the phone at MWC 2020, but since the event got canceled due to coronavirus, the company decided to announce the online press release, instead of holding an event at an alternative day or place. The phone that was once supposed to be the LG G9 ThinQ has now been revealed to be the LG V60 ThinQ.
The flagship smartphone has to compete with the Samsung Galaxy series, as it is launched around the time Samsung decides to release the Galaxy S series. The V60 ThinQ is a premium handset with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. It is a big phone with a 6.8-inch display and has a 5000mAh battery that allows your phone to last for a whole day. The device also has a dual-screen accessory like the last year's device and LG G8X ThinQ. There are a few interesting decisions that LG made with the hardware as well. The phone is made of Gorilla Glass 5 and has an 83.1% screen-to-body ratio. The phone has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that is expandable using the microSD card slot. The device has a 5,000mAh battery and comes with fast wireless charging.
For security, the device has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The device has 64MP primary sensor, 1/1.72″, 0.8-micron, f/1.8, 78-degree FOV, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, pixel binning to 16MP with 1.6-micron effective pixel size. The second camera is a 13MP ultra-wide angle sensor, 1/3.4″, 1.0-micron, f/1.9, 117-degree FOV, Dual Pixel PDAF. LG V60 ThinQ can record video up to 8K at 26fps, or 4k at 60fps. The 4k video recording comes with a time-lapse and AI time-lapse feature. There is also an option for video bokeh and portrait. The front camera is 10MP, 1/3.1″, 1.22-micron, f/1.9, 72.5-degree FOV. The phone comes with Android 10 operating system out of the box. If you have used an LG phone before, do tell us your experience with us in the comment section below.
LG is teasing its new smartphone in a video right now. The 20-second trailer video shows a game mockup being played on a smartphone that features a small controller icon and a camera, before a second screen folds out and displays a map with a route to the company's IFA press conference. And when the device closes a third smaller screen appears on its front, which displays time and date of LG's presentation event. The attachment comes with a 6.2-inch display panel. It uses two pinks to connect to the device, while a third pin allows it to transfer the data back to the phone.
LG has already presented something similar earlier this year during the phone's reveal at MWC event - LG ThinQ's. It had a second screen accessory. However, the detachable accessory was never launched in the US. It didn't have the additional screen attached to its exterior, which appears to be a new concept for this version. Apart from supporting a Dual Screen attachment like its predecessor, the phone is likely to have 5G support as well. The V60 ThinQ's main Android rival will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which is set to debut at an Unpacked event in New York today.
Beyond what was displayed in the video, we don't know much about the device. Not even its name. Android Police and ZDNet both speculate that the device could end up being an accessory for a potential V60 ThinQ, The device isn't foldable for certain, which a few manufacturers have been rolled out. Instead of a folding screen, both the V50 ThinQ's accessory and this new announced smartphone appear to feature two different screens which can be attached to hinge. The screen definitely don't bend like foldable device. LG's IFA 2019 press conference is currently scheduled for September 6th at 10AM in Berlin (4AM ET).
As always, Samsung's old rival from Korea is preparing its next smartphone to compete with the Galaxy Note 8 and the V30 does have a lot going for it, as far as the rumors are concerned. In order to give you a glimpse of what's to be expected from LG in two months, we have the following info based on rumors and leaks, just for you.
QHD+ flat borderless OLED display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4GB/6GB of RAM
3,200mAh battery (non-removable)
IP68 Water resistance
ESS Quad DAC support, headphone jack
Dual rear camera
It will most likely be showcased on August 31st; that is one day before the commencement of the IFA 2017 in September. If the date is right, then South Korea should see the phone being released by the end of September.
Rumor has it that the LG V30 will be priced at somewhere around 800,000 KRW, which is the equivalent of about $705. Unfortunately, the price tag will most likely not be that light in the US, given that the LG V20 itself was launched at $799!
To be perfectly honest, the V30 doesn't seem to have much which could give the Note 8 a run for its money at the moment. Nevertheless, given how costly the Note 8 will likely be, the LG V30 might just provide more bang for the buck, if the OLED panel rumor turns out to be true and if you can live without the stylus.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although it isn't official yet, latest leaks are suggesting that Samsung will not be waiting till the IFA 2017 to showcase the Galaxy Note 8. Instead, they will be hosting a separate Samsung exclusive event in New York to announce the next Note in line. This event will allegedly be held merely days before the IFA begins in September and the date is expected to be August 26. Even if this turns out to be true, LG will be right on the heels of Samsung with their successor to the LG V20, the LG V30; which is rumored to be launched on August 31st, a day before the IFA commences.
Given that the LG V30 will be significantly cheaper than the Galaxy Note 8 (expected price is $700), Samsung could have some serious competition on their hands. While the LG V30 will in all likelihood, not feature a curved panel, it is possible that LG may finally shift to OLED panels with the V30. Combine that with excellent camera performance which the V-series is famous for and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 to get an idea of what to expect.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)