LG is reportedly gearing to launch its next high-end phone, to be tentatively called the LG G8 or LG G8 ThinQ, at MWC 2019 in February. A 5G phone as well as LG’s foldable phone will come later although there is no definite time-frame that we know off as of now.
LG had launched the G7 ThinQ at a stand-alone keynote event in May last year so it was expected that the company would do something similar with the G8 as well. But looks like that is not going to be the case. LG launching a flagship phone at MWC isn’t new though. The company had launched the LG G7 at MWC 2017.
Not a lot is known about the LG G8 from a hardware point of view, but a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is expected. The LG G7 ThinQ was launched in 2018 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The ThinQ in the name seemingly corresponds to the device’s AI prowess. The LG G7 ThinQ was later launched as the LG G7+ ThinQ in markets like India. The LG G7+ ThinQ is simply the LG G7 ThinQ with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The LG G7 ThinQ comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The rest of the specifications remain the same.
In the meantime, Samsung is doing the reverse this year. It had launched its flagship Galaxy S9 phone at MWC 2018 but this year, it is launching its successor, the Galaxy S10, at a stand-alone Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20. But come to think of it, a 10th anniversary edition Galaxy S10, does deserve its own dedicated launch event. This wouldn’t be the first time Samsung would skip the MWC to launch its flagship Galaxy S phone though. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were launched in March 2017 post MWC.
LG may not have Samsung to spoil its party at MWC 2019, but there’s another unlikely opponent that’s seemingly gearing to do its own thing at the trade show. The company in question is called Xiaomi and it is reportedly gearing to make some sort of smartphone related announcement at MWC 2019. It would be interesting to see what Xiaomi has in store.