Official LG G8 renders surface, confirms rehash of G7 design
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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 The overall dimensions of the G8 have changed slightly as well, despite the obvious similarities to the soon to be superseded model: where the G7 measures at 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm the G8 is slightly shorter and thicker with measurements of 152 x 72 x 8.4mm.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.