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Last year's G7 was a solid handset that brought some unique ideas to the table, but it was ultimately overshadowed for not being able to stick out enough from its competitors.
Will LG be able to pull that off this year, or will we be met with more of the same?
Here's everything we know about the LG G8!
The latest LG G8 news
LG teases touchless gestures for the LG G8
LG is all set to unveil its next flagship on February 24, a day before MWC kicks off. If the latest teaser is any indication, the G8 will offer a gesture interface that doesn't need touch input. The video starts off with a piece of paper laid on a screen, and a hand gesture reveals the words "Goodbye Touch".
LG is rumored to be offering a new interface with the G8, and gesture control could be at the core of the experience. LG is also slated to debut a foldable phone alongside the G8 at MWC.
January 17, 2019 — LG refutes latest 'G8' renders
Update: LG's global director of corporate communications, Ken Hong, has
Original post: Per yesterday's update, LG appears to be working on at least one variant of the G8 that'll have some sort of two display setup. However, new renders have revealed an LG phone by the codename of "Alpha" that may go to market as the LG G8. This model plays it safe with a much more traditional design.
The renders come from reliable leaker
In regards to specs, we're told to expect a 6.1-inch display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and dimensions of 152 x 72 x 8.4mm.
January 16, 2019 — LG G8 may have two screens, or may have a second screen attachment
Two duelling rumors coming out of TechRadar and CNET today indicate that the LG G8 will indeed have two screens, but it won't be a foldable phone — at least not in the sense we've seen it from companies like
January 3, 2019 — The LG G8 will have "Sound on Display" technology
So here's an interesting rumor.
According to @OnLeaks, one of the more reliable leakers in the industry, the LG G8 will be outfitted with something called "Sound on Display" tech.
According to my sources,
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks)
We aren't entirely sure what that means, but from the sound of it, the G8's display will be able to produce sound — potentially getting rid of standalone, traditional speakers.
What's your take on this?
June 6, 2018 — LG might equip the G8 with a 4K LCD display
Starting off the LG G8 rumor mill a bit early, Ice Universe recently shared the following on Twitter:
Rumors LG G8 Will Adopt 4K Resolution LCD Screen
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce)
LG previously said that it reserves its AMOLED displays for its V series of phones, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that the G8 will once again opt for an LED panel for its display.
All the big details
What will the phone look like?
On January 17, trustworthy leaker @OnLeaks partnered with
As you can see from the renders, the G8's design looks a lot like the one LG used last year for the G7. Just like the G7, the G8 has a glass back, notched display, rear fingerprint sensor, and dual cameras on the back. Also seen is a USB-C port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
There's talk of LG working on another model of the G8 that'll feature two displays, so the G8 we're seeing here may not be the only G-series flagship we're getting this year.
What specs will it have?
Once again, there's not a whole lot of info out there regarding the G8's specifications. We've put together the following spec list based on the latest rumors and things that just seem likely based on past LG releases, so take everything here with a grain of salt.
Operating System Android 9 Pie
3120 x 1440
19.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Rear Cameras Three sensors
Audio Sound on Display tech
3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions 152 x 72 x 8.4mm
When will the G8 be released?
Like everything else with the G8, its release date is also up in the air.
Last year's LG G7 was first announced on June 29, 2018, but that was quite a bit later compared to the G6 and G5 which were both unveiled in February at Mobile World Congress in 2017 and 2016, respectively.
What's LG going to do this year?
An announcement at Mobile World Congress isn't out of the question and seems fairly likely if LG wants to one-up Samsung which will be announcing its Galaxy S10 series just a week before this year's trade show on February 20.
How much is it going to cost?
As for the LG G8's price, don't expect it to be cheap.
Here's what pricing has been like for the last three G-series flagships:
- LG G5 — $650
- LG G6 — $650
- LG G7 — $750
The LG G8 could stick with the G7's starting price of $750 or increase things a bit to $800.
That'd still be cheaper than phones like the Note 9 and Pixel 3 XL either way, but if you're in the market for an affordable phone this year, the G8 probably isn't going to be for you.