LG didn’t exactly impress us when it came to their MWC 2018 announcements, especially as it was basically re-releasing the same V30, however leaks have begun to show that the company could have made a much more sizeable announcement!
This is the LG G7, codenamed Neo, which was leaked, not by a screenshot or anything, oh no, it was actually at MWC, and a select few noticed it and naturally, with the Internet being what it is, it’s here in all its glory for us to say.
The G7 Neo is a very interesting device, for many reasons, most which we’ll get to in a minute, and, yes, does have a notch, but LG have done it in a very interesting way.
The images were leaked by Israeli publication Ynetnews, which also has a hands-on video up, which we’ve shown below;
Whilst, naturally, we’re not too chuffed to be seeing yet another Android phone supporting the iPhone X-style notch, one thing we will give LG, is that it does get intelligently hidden through software, as shown from our images, which we prefer from the traditional view in the video.
The device itself is actually quite the technology marvel, featuring a 6 inch OLED panel, likely LG’s Polymer-OLED variety, which has a number of incredibly interesting stats, a very large 3120 x 1440p resolution, which gives it a massive 572 ppi, which beats out Samsung’s 570 on their S8/S9, but what’s interesting is the aspect ratio of 19.5:9, which is the exact same as the iPhone X! Whether this is just LG proving they can make a display like this, or what, they’ve done it with much more aplomb than Samsung’s panel on the iPhone X, it’s brighter at 600-nits and the resolution is much bigger.
Spec wise, the G7 has everything we’d of expected to see from a 2018 flagship, the latest Snapdragon 845 with 4GB of RAM backing it up with 64GB of storage, or if you go to 128GB of storage, the RAM increases to 6GB.
There’s an 8 MP wide-angle front-facing camera in the notch, while on the back you get two 16 MP cameras, both with f/1.6 aperture. The main sensor has OIS, while the secondary one doesn’t. The fingerprint scanner is right underneath the dual camera module.
The battery is a 3,000 mAh cell, which seems a bit on the low side for how big and pixel-dense that screen is. Speaker quality should be improved by use of DTS:X technology as well as the Boom Box feature, which allows the speakers to play music at a stronger resonance when the device is placed on a flat surface.
HOWEVER, the important thing to note, this isn’t a released device. We don’t know if LG just didn’t want to be part of the big rush at MWC or what, but we’ll see whether we get a true flagship from the company soon. Earlier this month a report from the usually reliable Evan Blass (a.k.a @evleaks) claimed LG’s next flagship is codenamed Judy and will arrive in June, but we’ll see. That flagship is expected to feature a new MLCD+ screen technology, and not OLED, and an even brighter 800-nit brightness. Watch this space!