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The LG G8 could be launched at MWC 2019

For almost two years now, LG has not announced its new annual flagship at the MWC in Barcelona, the latest being LG G6. However, some rumors indicate that the Korean company may decide to take a small step back by returning to the Catalan fair in style despite the presence of Xiaomi to spoil the party


LG could show up at the MWC in style

As reported by colleagues of the Android Authority, it seems that LG has big plans for the fair that is held annually in Barcelona. The MWC, for years the world's leading trade fair for new products in the field of smartphones, is increasingly being snubbed by manufacturers who decide to present their new products at dedicated events to focusing the attention of the public and the press.

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LG G6 is the latest smartphone in the G series presented in Barcelona. / © AndroidPIT

The Korean company seems to want to use the Spanish stage again to present its new LG G8 (who knows if it will keep the wording ThinQ...). The flagship could, therefore, hasten the times compared to its predecessor, the LG G7 ThinQ, which was announced after MWC. These rumors also seem to contradict last year's statements by the company itself, which had announced that it no longer wanted to present new devices on an annual basis but "when ready to debut".

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LG V40 ThinQ surprised us, we hope well for G8! / © AndroidPIT

It seems that Xiaomi also has an event in store on the same day chosen by the Korean company, which could take the attention away from LG's now dying mobile department. It is therefore not yet sure that G8 will make its appearance at MWC, although the large concentration of journalists, bloggers, YouTubers and fans in attendance could give LG the necessary boost to fight the new competition coming from Asian markets such as OPPO and the aforementioned Xiaomi.

What do you think? Should LG take advantage of or avoid MWC 2019?


No speakers in the LG G8?

The G8 is expected to be LG's first flagship smartphone of the year and will come with a very special feature. This is what Steve Hemmerstoffer, a well-informed tipster in the past, claims to have learned from his sources. According to them, the LG G8's big innovation is called "Sound in Display".

It's not the first time you've heard of the technology: With the Crystal Sound OLED TVs, LG already relies on the technology and does not install a traditional loudspeaker in the televisions. Instead, the sound is generated by a so-called "exciter", which uses the display as a loudspeaker membrane. This provides a crystal-clear sound corresponding to the name, but lacks bass, at least on the TVs. However, the vibration itself is not visible.

However, the vibration is noticeable, so it remains questionable how LG will implement the technology in the G8. In contrast to OLED TVs, the smartphone display is squeezed into a relatively tight corset, which means that the vibration is also transmitted to the housing and may feel unpleasant in the long run.

Will it even replace the normal loudspeaker or should the technology only be used for telephoning? For the latter, one could indeed eliminate the upper bezel, thanks to meanwhile various possibilities to accommodate the front camera. But does this require special technology? Because even in the narrow edges of the frame, more and more smartphones can easily fit the earcup.

What do you think of the technology? Do you think it makes sense to give the loudspeaker such attention in terms of features? Write us in the comments what you hope to see from the LG G8!


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  • LG and Samsung, both the South Korean tech giants are suffering from a slowdown, and people have high expectations from their upcoming products to be showcased at MWC, let's see, only time will tell how practical and useful these innovations are.

  • storm 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    The tech itself is old. It struggles as you move out of the mid range frequencies. These are more commonly used on wall panels, windows, tables and such. It would be fine for phone call fidelity. And given the weak performance of most speakers on phones probably ok there too. I think something like it will be the evetual norm but there are some refienements still to come.

  • D. L. 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    As a long time Sprint customer, htc had been my device for nearly a decade, over 3 devices. Htc touch pro 2, htc EVO 4g LTE, and currently, htc One m9, which still has some great specs.

    So now, I'm happy to hear HTC and Sprint are going to be working together again. If this is true, I might yet get another HTC device. However, Sprint has mostly been pushing Samsung & LG. My current LG favorite is the V30 for numerous reasons, largely specs. Compared to the G7 thin Q, it's superior, and the V40 thin Q has certain specs missing that I want, but is a maybe purchase.

    But.... I recently purchased a new battery for my m9, intending to wait for the right phone model from either HTC or LG. I'm running nougat 7.0 and the phone is still fast, and side by side comparison to many newer phones, it still competes well. Since I only paid $1 dollar (older sprint plan discount) I'm in sticker shock these days.

    Also, I don't want to buy from a failing company, like Essential, nice phone, still well supported, but again, missing certain specs.
    And I'm NOT a Sammy fan at all. But, might ultimately get the sale, if Sprint offers something I can't refuse 😏 ?

    I know it's a competitor site, but Phonearena.com has the best side by side spec comparison page out of all Android websites.