(Pocket-lint) - Want a glimpse of LG's upcoming flagship smartphone? Take a look at these. Purported renders of the device have surfaced online.
LG is expected to unveil its LG G8 smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, but trusted online leaker, @OnLeaks, has supplied several concept renders of what the device is said to look like. He, and online partner 91Mobiles, have created CAD-based renders likely based on case specifications sent from phone makers to case manufacturers.
There's one word of caution, however. LG's own Ken Hong says that they are not real.
He revealed on his own Twitter feed that they are just "speculative".
Calm down. It's only a speculative rendering. https://t.co/zF4sCpPZbW— Ken Hong (@visitken) January 18, 2019
But it could be that, as they are based on specs leaked by case manufacturers, the actual design is slightly different. Or the material the phone is made from isn't the same.
Or it could be that the leak was of a prototype or early design version. Either way, the LG G8 will look slightly different to these renders. We don't think it'll be a million miles away though.
The LG G8 will be the successor to LG's G7+ThinQ, and if these leaked renders turn out to be similar, we can see both phones to share design traits. There are some differences: the LG G8 pictured here has a glass design on the front and back and two cameras on the rear. These cameras are arranged horizontally, and positioned above the fingerprint sensor. There's also a flash next to this setup.
The rendered LG G8 - codenamed Alpha - also has a 6.1-inch (19.5:9 aspect) display, regular front camera notch, a Google Assistant button on the left, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C charging port. Other, more corroborated details are scarce right now for the LG G8, but it’s been rumored the device will feature 5G connectivity. It’s also been reported the phone will use so-called "sound on display" speakers.
Described as being similar to under-display, cantilever-conduction speakers, these speakers use vibration and bone conduction. Lastly, the phone is rumored to run on a Qualcomm 855 Snapdragon processor.
We hope Hong's comment means there will be some significant differences between the final LG G8 and the model shown here.
For example, we can't help but feel bummed about the lack of an in-display fingerprint reader, an all-glass display, or a pinhole or teardrop notch. The only features that barely make this version of the phone stand out from the pack, including any new phones due out this year, is the potential 5G support and the sound on display speakers. That dual glass body, notch, dual cameras, and rear fingerprint sensor have been done before.
Let's hope we learn more by February. MWC takes place from 25 February to 28 February. Pocket-lint will be there to bring you the latest.