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January 12, 2018

LG G7: what we know so far

LG’s flagship G range of phones have long been associated with fast specs, great screens and brand-new features that can’t be found on other devices. LG usually releases its flagship range at the start of the year (a month or two after the release of the experimental V range), so the rumours are flying thick and fast.


What can we expect from the G7? Here’s everything we know so far.


The name

First up, several sources in the tech world believe that the G series is ready for a rebrand, and likely won’t continue the naming system. New names, and using a two-digit system that indicates the phone is more advanced than a single digit, are on the table, but we won’t know until it’s unveiled.


The design

Metal and glass are likely to feature heavily in the premium design of the G7, which will also likely feature an under-display fingerprint sensor, and potentially an infra-red iris scanner that works through the regular camera, which will likely be dual-lens

The screen will probably be a bezel-less OLED that offers darker blacks and bright colours, and will probably have high dynamic range (HDR) functionality, adding that little extra oomph to the picture and paving the way for increased, and far more immersive, VR experiences.

It will also likely continue the 18:9 aspect ratio brought to the fore by the G6, and might have a curved screen or back – the G6 had the latter, but not the former.

The phone is the first flagship to be produced under LG’s new mobile chief, Hwang Jeong-hwan, so it’s understandable that there might be quite substantial changes afoot for LG’s swankiest smartphone.


The specs

Flagships have to be fast, and that’s probably what we’ll get with the G7.

LG is rumoured to have been working alongside Qualcomm to get its hands on the brand-new Snapdragon 845 processor, a super-fast chipset that’s likely to let users record video in HDR (it’ll record 64 times more colour than standard chips), get a massive improvement in performance and be able to cope with the newest AI. That’s all while using far less power than previous chips. 

As well as having an improved battery, the G7 may let users remove and replace its battery on the go – a must for business users and anyone that loves using their phone to the max.

Wireless charging is also likely to be on the way, as well as quad DAC hardware that gives impressive audio from the regular phone speakers.


Pricing and release

In terms of price, looking back at previous G series releases, the new LG phone will probably cost around £650 at release, dropping in the months that follow.

The new phone will probably be first shown at the end of February. The timing isn’t the best for LG – an unveiling that coincides with the Mobile World Congress is great for drumming up hype, but an April release means the handset will likely compete with Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the S9.

Will LG’s new phone bring enough innovation to shake off the competition? Check back in early March and we’ll be able to tell you exactly what the flagship handset has on offer, plus the great insurance deals we’ll be offering owners of the phone.