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Official LG G8 renders surface, confirms rehash of G7 design

Leaked official LG G8 press render confirms rumors of virtually unchanged design. (XDA-Developers)
Leaked official LG G8 press render confirms rumors of virtually unchanged design. (XDA-Developers)
The LG G8 ThinQ has leaked in the first official press renders of the device ahead of its official unveiling at Mobile World Congress next month. Despite a previous CAD render that was virtually identical to this latest leak being shot down as erroneous by LG’s head corporate communications, the latest leak confirms fears that LG has essentially rehashed the design of last year’s LG G7 ThinQ.
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“What is LG ThinQing?” is the question that most people are asking after the first official renders of the forthcoming LG G8 ThinQ surfaced. The image shows a device that is virtually a dead ringer for last year’s LG G7 ThinQ resplendent with a notched display, the sort that has been dumped in favor of less intrusive teardrop and punch-hole notches by virtually every other maker except Apple. There are changes in the design, but they are subtle.

The most obvious difference about this year’s G8 over the G7 notch is not its dimensions, but rather the absence of an earpiece. This points to the rumored “sound on display” technology that recently made an appearance on the Meizu Zero, where like some of Sony’s OLED TVs, the sound is delivered through the display itself. The rear camera arrangement has also been shifted from vertical to horizontal, but sticks with two rear cameras unlike the triple rear camera configuration of the LG V40.

Other differences in the G8 over the G7 appear to include display edges that are curved in appearance. The overall dimensions of the G8 have changed slightly as well, despite the obvious similarities to the soon to be superseded model: where the G7 measures at 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm the G8 is slightly shorter and thicker with measurements of 152 x 72 x 8.4mm. We hope that the extra 0.5 mm at least means a larger battery.

Still, overall, for a smartphone maker that has been bleeding money quarter after quarter, we really expected LG to deliver much more than what the G8 appears to be offering -- at least at face value. Let’s hope it has a few tricks up its sleeve that will be revealed at its official launch.

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A close up of the G8 notch shows no earpiece hinting at sound on screen. (Source: XDA Developers)
A close up of the G8 notch shows no earpiece hinting at sound on screen. (Source: XDA Developers)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1290 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-01-26 (Update: 2019-01-26)