If you’re sick and tired of hearing about the Samsung Galaxy S10, here’s an Android device of a different flavor that will also be announced later this month. We now have some official renders of the production version of the LG G8 ThinQ smartphone.
The images come courtesy of everyone’s favorite gadget leaker, Evan Blass. We see the smartphone from every angle, and we can discern that the smartphone still features a notch in the top-center of the display. This is a rather interesting design choice as the large notch is “so 2018”, as many Android OEMs – including South Korean rival Samsung – are moving to punch hole displays in 2019.
Housed within that notch are no less than three camera sensors. Thanks to an announcement made by LG earlier this month, we know that one of those sensors is a REAL3 time-of-flight (ToF) sensor manufactured by Infineon. The ToF sensor will be used to 3D mapping data, which can be used for biometric authentication and augmented/virtual reality tasks.
Out back, we can see a dual-camera setup and surprisingly, a fingerprint reader. Whereas most flagship Android smartphone have already made the switch to in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensors, LG is sticking with tried and true technology. That also goes for the 3.5mm audio jack, which is still positioned at the bottom of the smartphone next to the USB-C port.
One area where LG will likely fall in line with its 2019 counterparts is with its choice of SoC. It’s highly like that the G8 ThinQ will use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which promises to offer big performance gains over its Snapdragon 845 predecessor.
With that being said, it’s possible that we may see an even more potent flagship from LG at MWC 2019. The company has teased a device that has 5G connectivity – courtesy of a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem – and a massive 4000 mAh battery.