With that in mind, the LG G7 is the next smartphone expected to come from the South Korean company. Although it might not be called the LG G7, with rumours that LG is moving on from the G-Series completely.
LG G7: The name
So we'll start with the name. We've been calling it the LG G7 so far because that made logical sense following previous device releases. There's been some doubt on how LG is going to brand the phone, however, following a report that appeared in The Investor.
This report suggested that LG wants to ditch the G naming and move forward with something else. There's been a shuffle in how LG presents its phones recently, with the LG V30 pitching itself much more as a general powerhouse and trying to shed the image of being a phone specifically for videographers.
After that report had come out, the new "Future LG G7" appeared on UK support pages on LG's website and in the Google Play store, both since removed, suggesting it might get that name after all.
So, we'll keep calling it the LG G7 for the sake of clarity until we know better.
- Announcement in February at MWC suggested
- Might get a March launch, not MWC
LG traditionally reveals its first flagship smartphone of the year around the time of Mobile World Congress. The show runs from 26 February 2018, which would see the G7 revealed on 25 February, almost exactly a year after the LG G6, if the company follows its usual release cycle. Should this be the case, we'd expect to see the G7 on sale around the end of March, beginning of April.
This timeframe is being called into question however, with Korean news reporting that networks are expecting an April launch. That might suggest a reveal after MWC instead. The picture certainly isn't clear at the moment.
LG's next phone design
- Likely to be waterproof with drop protection
- Similar design to G6 and V30 expected
- Combination of metal and glass again?
The rumours surrounding the LG G7's design have been few and far between but we aren't expecting there to be a great deal of change compared to the LG G6.
It might see some refinements, perhaps taking a few tips from the LG V30, but overall, a similar look to the G6 flagship is likely. This means you can probably bet on a glass and metal sandwich design, waterproofing, drop protection and an almost all-screen front.
It's also very likely that there will be a dual-camera on the rear of the device and probably a circular fingerprint sensor, unless LG chooses to ditch fingerprint recognition altogether in favour of another biometric security technology, as Apple did with the iPhone X.
LG does like to experiment with design (remember the modular G5), so you can never be too sure what it has up its sleeve.
LG's next phone display
- 18:9 aspect ratio display expected
- Likely to be around 5.7-inches
- Quad HD+ resolution probable
Large displays were the biggest trend of flagship smartphones in 2017, with many devices opting for an 18:9 (or thereabouts) aspect ratio over the standard 16:9 we'd seen previously.
LG was one of the first companies to introduce this, with the G6 offering a 5.7-inch display within a similar footprint to the 5.3-inch LG G5. It has a Quad HD+ resolution at 2880 x 1440 pixels for a pixel density of 564ppi and it offers HDR10 and Dolby Vision support.
It is not yet clear what size the G7's display will be, though we'd expect it to be between the 5.7-inch of the G6 and the 6-inches of the V30. The 18:9 aspect ratio will no doubt remain and a Quad HD+ resolution as a minimum is likely too, as well as support for HDR. We'd also expect it to be OLED, but with LG getting some negative press following the release of the Google Pixel 2 XL, we'd expect the focus to be on quality.
LG G7: Camera
- Dual rear camera expected
- OIS, PDAF and manual mode likely
- Facial recognition technology?
LG has had a good track record over the last couple of years in terms of camera performance and we'd expect the G7 to follow suit.
A dual camera is probably going to be on the rear, most likely in the same setup as previous LG devices with a standard lens coupled with a wide-angle lens.
Whether LG will increase the resolutions of the sensors on the rear is not yet known, but expect optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and manual mode for adjusting shutter speed, ISO, exposure and white balance, as the G6 offers.
The LG G6 and the V30 both come with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, though the resolution might increase for the G7 and it's possible we might see other technology too, such as facial recognition technology like the V30 offers. For now though, it's a wait and see game.
LG G7: Hardware and software
- At least 4GB RAM expected
- MicroSD support likely
- Fast charging probable
The LG G7 will offer advancements in processor compared to the G6, as all succeeding flagships do, but which chipset this will be remains to be seen.
Unlike many of the 2017 flagships, the G6 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 rather than the Snapdragon 835. It's been claimed that Samsung has first dibs on the Snapdragon 845, though this hasn't been confirmed so depending on the G7's timing, it could feature the new 845 platform, or an earlier release might see it using Snapdragon 835.
The G6 has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and microSD support for storage expansion so we're expecting at least that on the G7. A couple of devices, such as the OnePlus 5T and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offer 6GB of RAM so perhaps LG will make the jump for the G7 though nothing has been rumoured as yet.
In terms of battery capacity, the G6 and the V30 both offer 3300mAh capacities so we'd expect similar under the hood of the G7. No doubt fast charging will be supported and USB Type-C will be the responsible port for charging.
The LG G6 and V30 both arrived on Android Nougat with LG's UX 6.0 user interface over the top. It means you get Android at the core but with bloatware, which is likely to be the same for the LG G7, though we'd expect it to launch on Android Oreo.
LG G7: Conclusion
The LG G7 is currently a bit of a guessing game with very little to go on in terms to good quality leaks. This is likely to change over the next few weeks. LG is notorious for confirming snippets of information in the run up to the launch of a new device and with MWC at the end of February, we'd expect that process to begin soon.
Otherwise, there's very little to currently go on.