Evan Blass leaks the LG G7 ThinQ from every angle, retains headphone jack
The ever-reliable serial leaker Evan Blass has leaked the LG G7 ThinQ in all its glory via his Twitter account. LG may have joined the notched display bandwagon, but it has eschewed the trend towards the elimination of the headphone jack for at least one more generation. The shot of the G7 of its bottom edge clearly shows the 3.5mm jack firmly in place, but overall, it will be very hard to spot the difference between the new G7 in someone's hand and just about every other 2018 Android smartphone with a notched display.
This is, of course, rather ironic given that the G7 as we now know it is in fact LG’s second attempt at designing the G7. It already had a notch-less design for the G7 in the can, but a change in management led to the clean sheet redesign that we now see before us. Unfortunately for LG’s design team, it is hard to see how or why customers will opt for the new G7 any more than they have for LG’s previous G-series designs. The retention of the headphone jack is certainly important for some customers, but the “me too” design and the lack of an OLED display could be deal killers.
LG is said to have ditched the idea for an OLED panel, as featured on its V30-series and on the LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL, due to cost concerns. For example, the Apple iPhone X OLED panel supplied by Samsung is said cost the Cupertino titan US$97 a pop, and LG is certainly not in a position where it can pass on that type of cost to its customers like Apple. Further, LG’s smartphone OLED tech is a generation or two behind Samsung, having historically favored LCD technology for its G-series devices. Given the hit or miss quality of the V30 and Pixel XL 2 OLED panels, that could be a good thing too.