LG Teases Snapdragon 855 Flagship With 5G And Massive 4000 mAh Battery

In a report yesterday, we told you that LG is looking to say goodbye to touch as it embraces gesture controls in its upcoming smartphones. Today, LG is giving even more insight into what it will be showing off at MWC 2019, which is being held in Barcelona, Spain next month.

LG says that its newest flagship will sport Qualcomm's brand new 7nm Snapdragon 855 SoC, which will be all the rage for devices launching this year. In addition, the smartphone will feature 5G connectivity, likely made possible by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

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If that wasn't enough, LG also said that it will fit the new flagship with a massive 4,000 mAh battery. For reference, the current LG V40 ThinQ with a Snapdragon 845 SoC has a relatively meager 3,300 mAh battery. It's likely that LG has gone with a far larger battery this time around to help fuel Qualcomm's first-generation 5G modem.

There also appears to be concern regarding heat output, which is why LG is using a vapor chamber cooling system instead of the traditional heatpipe used with the V40 ThinQ. LG says that the vapor chamber has nearly three times the surface area of the previous heatpipe while circulating twice as much liquid.

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"We will lead the 5G smartphone market by accurately reflecting the needs of our customers based on solid foundation and stability," said Ma Changmin, who serves as LG's VP of product strategy.

LG won't be the only smartphone manufacturer showcasing 5G technology at MWC 2019. Motorola has already previewed its 5G Moto Mod which can be paired with its Moto Z3 smartphone (it also uses the Snapdragon X50 5G modem). In addition, Samsung will likely garner the lion's share of the attention with at least two 5G smartphones that will launch during the first half of 2019.