G8 ThinQ has a flaw in design. Bezel on top of the notch

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Evan Blass, or better known as @evleaks on Twitter, has shared a new image portraying the LG G8 ThinQ flagship smartphone that LG Electronics will unleash during Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona at the end of this month.

The phone will be a powerhouse in terms of hardware and it has a familiar overall design. In fact, it looks a lot like LG V40 ThinQ when looked at from the front and the back. The thing that gets us worried though, is the forehead at the top of the notch, that if Blass’ G8 ThinQ render is accurate (note that the renders he usually leaks are accurate), because none of LG’s competitors have released a flagship phone with such a flaw in design.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro and iPhone XS for example feature an ultra-thin forehead something LG fails to accomplish for some reason. This design flaw can be overlooked if LG ships the G8 ThinQ with dual front-facing speakers, but we doubt that the phone will deliver dual speakers as none of its previous siblings came with this feature.

However, LG G8 ThinQ will feature an 6.1-inch Crystal Sound OLED which will act as an audio amplifier. Basically, the screen will act as a vibrating diaphragm to “produce sound with impressive volume and also improves clarity, making voices easier to discern and subtle musical notes more noticeable” (from LG’s press release).

“In speakerphone mode, audio is delivered with impressive bass through the bottom speaker. Full-bodied stereo performance is possible with a 2-channel audio setup utilizing this bottom speaker and the top part of the display. By working closely with audio partner Meridian, LG again brings exceptional sound fidelity to the mobile experience, delivering fine-tuned audio quality that consumers have come to expect from the company’s premium handsets. What’s more, LG’s newest G series phone features”:

  • DTS:X 3D Surround Sound that emulates a 7.1-channel system with or without earphones, a first for LG
  • Hi-Fi Quad DAC that elevates the listening experience by reproducing sound with exceptional fidelity and the added ability to up-sample most audio files for increased clarity and depth
  • Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) that supports high-quality audio streaming even without an unlimited data plan
  • Boombox Speaker that takes advantage of the internal space of the phone as a resonance chamber to generate amazing bass and more volume

As for the rest of the specs LG G8 ThinQ will ship equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB internal storage. The phone will run Android 9.0 Pie, probably with LG’s new user interface. Also the main camera at the back drops one of the three sensors we’ve seen on the V40 Thinq, G8 Thinq will be offering only two sensors.

Another rumour says that this might be the last flagship in the G series, LG planning to replace it / rename it as of this fall as its mobile business isnt doing so well for the last few years.

LG’s MWC2019 press event will be live streamed on the Internet through their YouTube channel, that if you cannot make it to Barcelona in person.