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What we know about the upcoming LG G7

LG G7: Rumored specs, price and release date

LG will unveil the G7 on May 2. Here what's confirmed and rumored about the company's new flagship phone.

LG G7
The Samsung Galaxy S9 may have kicked off 2018's phone season with a bang, but for Android fans, it's just the beginning. In March, Huawei launched its marquee P20 and P20 Pro phones and the Nokia 8 Sirocco wowed us with its sleek looks and clean Android One software. But what about LG?
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Last year's LG G6
Citing a new shake-up for its mobile rollout strategy, LG didn't stick to its usual schedule this year. The Korean giant skipped out on unveiling a successor to its G6 phone at this year's Mobile World Congress in February, and is opting to announce its LG G7 on May 2 in New York and Seoul instead. This comes at a time when LG is experiencing relatively low flagship sales compared to Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy line.
But even before LG announced its launch events, there have been a handful of rumors circulating about the phone's features, camera and more. Here's a rundown of the confirmed facts and most compelling rumors circulating so far. Keep in mind this is an ongoing list and we'll add new info as it rolls out.
Update, April 12: This piece was originally published on March 16 and is updated frequently when new information surfaces. 

Confirmed: LG will announce the G7 on May 2

After some speculation that the phone will launch either in May or in June, it's been confirmed that LG will unveil the LG G7 on May 2. Keep in mind that this still doesn't give us an exact timeline for a retail launch, but we can at least expect to be able to purchase the phone by mid-May at the earliest.

Confirmed: The G7 will have ThinQ software

Similar to the V30S ThinQ that LG showed off during MWC, the upcoming G7 will feature LG's artificial intelligence software platform that is integrated in a number of other LG devices, including smart appliances and TVs. The G7's implementation of the ThinQ service will progress on the V30S', and we can expect improvement on the phone's object recognition and voice assistance capabilities.

It could flaunt an iPhone X-style notch...

At an alleged closed-door meeting LG held at MWC, a G7 prototype appeared with a narrow notch running alongside the top of its screen, similar to the iPhone X. The notch design was later reported again from supposed leaked LG documents.
Much to the chagrin of Android users, LG isn't the only phone company rumored to follow Apple's footsteps: The Huawei P20 and upcoming OnePlus 6 flaunt the notch, as well as the Essential Phone and Asus ZenFone 5. The developer preview of Google's latest Android P update also accommodates for a notched design, so don't be surprised if you see it in even more upcoming phones.
And while the iPhone X has the notch to house the phone's front-facing camera and FaceID sensors, there's no word yet about the functional benefit of the LG G7's supposed notch.

Or not?

Another leaked image and video actually shows the LG G7 with an optional notch that can be turned on or off, rather like the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. Turning on the notch stretches the phone's wallpaper up into the corners, while turning if off gives you the standard look with the time and battery status. At least it's an option for Android users bent on avoiding the notch. The disappearing notch was also reported in the aforementioned leaked documents from LG.

The phone may have a bunch of new camera upgrades

Aside from the AI smarts that the ThinQ platform will bring to the camera (like recognizing objects and landscapes to adjust the camera settings appropriately), the G7's camera will reportedly have several new goodies. According to the same leaked documents, these features include Google Lens support, dual 16-megapixel rear cameras, "superpixel" technology that combines multiple pixels, 3D and 2D camera stickers, Moving Live Photos, Portrait Mode and more.

The G7 will likely use a Snapdragon 845 chipset

In December 2017, Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon 845 chipset. The new processing suite is faster and more efficient, supports 3D face mapping and 5G data speeds, is able to record 4K Ultra HD video and more.
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset.
Expect it to be used in most upcoming flagship phones, including the LG G7. Although that's not always a guarantee. Last year, the G6 launched with the Snapdragon 821 chipset even though the 835 was already out and featured in phones like the Galaxy S8. With more time in its schedule though, LG would be remiss not to include it here.

It could be more expensive

LG's G phones generally go for slightly less than Samsung's Galaxy S and Note phones, but that might not be the case with the G7. An expected price bump on its Korean price equivalent to about $95, £70 or AU$120 pushes the phone's price closer to its main rival, totalling about $800 in the US. (For comparison, the G6 cost around $600-$720 in the US, depending on the carrier.)

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