LG Chocolate 2020: an initial benchmark may confirm this new mid-range incarnation

The LG G8 ThinQ: last of its name? (Source: LG)
The LG G8 ThinQ: last of its name? (Source: LG)
The smartphone OEM LG is currently rumored to make 2020 the year in which it lays the flagging G ThinQ premium line to rest. Instead, it may now regenerate its Chocolate series, thought to be led back into the limelight by a Snapdragon 765G-powered phone. This theory may have been given more weight by a new listing on the Geekbench 5 website.
Deirdre O Donnell,

It is looking increasingly likely that LG will abandon any plans it had to update the G8 ThinQ with a corresponding flagship in 2020. Instead, the company is thought to have redirected its aim at a different market tier instead, one that demonstrably revolves around the Snapdragon 765G processor in early 2020. This strategy has allegedly already been spearheaded by Google for the future of its Pixel line.

Various OEMs have virtually queued up to use this SoC in new phones which gain notice due to their sub-flagship prices and ability to use 5G. Now, there is more evidence that LG wants to go with this trend too. It comes in the form of a new set of Geekbench 5 results for a device called the LGE LM-G900N. This model number is close enough to that of the G8 ThinQ (LGE LM-820) while also hinting at a wholly different series.

Geekbench has apparently detected the code-name lito among the available info on this "new LG phone". This has given rise to excited speculation that it is thus coming with a whole new Qualcomm processor to go with its reborn product name. However, on closer inspection, the clockspeed and identifier (ARM implementer 81 architecture 8 variant 15 part 2052 revision 14) reported here match those of (you guessed it) the 765G.

This data is also to be found in leaks from the same benchmark for the Vivo V1963A and OPPO PCLM50, phones that later turned out to be the S6 5G and Reno3 Vitality Edition respectively. Interestingly, however, their SoC never exhibited a code-name of any kind in generating their Geekbench scores. On that note, the "LG lito" may match them in terms of specs (it has 8GB of RAM and runs Android 10), but has failed to even equal them in either single- or multi-core terms. 

Then again, these possible software issues could be ironed out by the time this "lito" sees a release date. This would be in LG's interest: it really does not need another innovative smartphone that proves anything less than popular or compelling.

The "LG lito" on Geekbench 5. (Source: Geekbench 5 via NashvilleChatter)
The "LG lito" on Geekbench 5. (Source: Geekbench 5 via NashvilleChatter)
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04- 7 (Update: 2020-04- 8)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.