After some confusing rumours regarding LG’s naming scheme for its next flagship, we now hear that it will be called the LG G7 ThinQ and everyone seems to think it will arrive in June…

Except MobileFun. It has shared with us the first cases available to pre-order for the LG G7 ThinQ (from Olixar, shown above), which are notable for two reasons: one, they confirm the notch; and two, they’re a lot earlier than expected. Could we see an LG G7 ThinQ launch in May?

Though the LG G7 ThinQ was not officially on show at MWC 2018 in February, it was shown to a select group on invitees. It is believed that this handset is the same model as that codenamed ‘Judy’ and detailed earlier by VentureBeat.

Thanks to (which we guess took one for the team in terms of not upsetting LG), we have some images of the upcoming phone from that event:

It reveals the heavily rumoured iPhone X-style notch, though suggests the software can hide it depending on user preference. It also reveals some key specs, which we’ll detail lower down this article.

He claims he saw a device codenamed ‘Neo’, along with a spec sheet that included a 6in (3120×1440) 18.5:9 display, complete with iPhone X-style notch, the Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, a 16Mp dual-camera, a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, a 3000mAh battery and DTS-X surround sound. This is that device.

VentureBeat adds to this that ‘Judy’ will be larger than the G6, with a 6.1in FullVision (18:9) MLCD+ display. 

Hang on, ThinQ?

We’ve referred to the upcoming LG G7 as the LG G7 ThinQ several times within this article. Respected leakster @evleaks says this is what the phone will be called, and he usually gets this stuff right.

It makes sense, too, after LG announced an upgraded V30 as the V30S ThinQ earlier this year. So what is ThinQ?

ThinQ is a new LG brand that covers some of its premium devices. These devices are artificially intelligent, employing LG’s deep learning technology to serve you better, as well as other companies’ virtual assistants such as Google Assistant and Alexa. 

When is the LG G7 ThinQ release date?

According to VentureBeat the successor to the G6 will arrive in June 2018, but the earlier than expected arrival of cases for the smartphone suggest it could actually launch in May.

How much will the LG G7 ThinQ cost?

We’re speculating on the LG G7 ThinQ price for now, since there are no credible rumours. The LG G6 cost £649 and we expect the LG G7 ThinQ price to be about the same… and then fall quickly in the months afterward.

What are the LG G7 ThinQ rumoured features and specifications?

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 6.1in FullVision (3120×1440, 18.5:9) MLCD+ display with notch
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4/6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB storage
  • Dual-camera: 16Mp, f/1.6, HDR
  • IP68 waterproofing protection
  • Stereo speakers, DTS-X surround sound
  • Wireless charging
  • Fingerprint scanner, rear-facing
  • 3000mAh battery

It seems the phase of modular phones is pretty much over and even if it’s not, we don’t expect LG to go back to it for the G7 ThinQ. We’re expecting another combination of metal and glass, but with a larger 6.1in MLCD+ display. This tech allows it to go brighter while consuming less power.

As well as rear-facing fingerprint scanner there is expected to be an iris scanner, and a patent has been unearthed for just such a feature that will allow you to lock the phone and protect sensitive data. Although iris scanners usually work with infra-red, LG has developed a camera that can switch from IR to a regular one.

The LG G7 ThinQ will likely feature Qualcomm’s new second-gen 10nm Snapdragon 845 chip, along with 4- or 6GB of RAM and 64- or 128GB storage.

Key new features offered by the Snapdragon 845 include a secure processing unit (SPU) that Qualcomm says offers “vault-like security” with the microprocessor, memory, crypto engine and random number generator all sitting on its own power island.

Performance and battery life will also improve, thanks to an octa-core Kryo 385 CPU with four 2.8GHz high-power cores and four 1.8GHz low power cores; the 845 is 30 percent more efficient than the 835 for gaming, video and AR/VR, says Samsung.

Qualcomm’s new super-fast X20 LTE modem is built-in, offering CAT 18 speeds of more than 1Gbps, as well as an enhanced Spectra 280 image signal processor. Qualcomm has bumped up video recording potential to Ultra-HD, and added in various AI improvements. 

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