The LG G8 was something of an underrated release by Samsung’s local rivals, LG. The company is set to debut a direct successor, in the form of the LG G9 ThinQ, and a report has now given us our first look at the upcoming flagship. Notable takeaways include a quad-rear camera setup and a massive display that may not sit well with fans of the series.
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LG is billed to announce the V60 ThinQ at MWC next month and, while it seemed like there was silence on the company’s plans for its other flagship phone, the LG G9, a report has now given us our first look at the phone.
According to the source, the G9 will be quite a bit bigger than the G8. We’re not sure how that will be received by LG fans, as the G-series has traditionally offered devices with smaller physical footprints than the V-series. The leak touts the G9 to measure in at 6.7″ to 6.9″. That’s massive. The G8 is just 6.1″, for example. The V40 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ are both just 6.4″ phones too, so the G9 would be a leap in size.
The listed dimensions of the phone make that jump even more obvious, as the G9 is said to have a length of 169.4mm, making it 18mm longer than its predecessor.
The back of the G9 plays host to a horizontally aligned quad-rear camera setup. We expect the traditional triple-lens configuration and, perhaps, a ToF sensor to complete the lineup. LG has forsaken the rear capacitive sensor here, too, which means we’ll be getting an under-display reader at the front.
Speaking of the front of the phone, gone is the huge rectangular notch from the G8, V40, and V50. In place of that is a smaller, teardrop notch. That, of course, means that LG has done away with secondary front-facing sensors—ultra-wide-angle selfie camera, ToF, etc.
Thankfully, though, the 3.5mm headphone jack makes an appearance on the G9, likely powered by the OEM’s renowned Hi-Fi Quad DAC. LG knows its a major selling point of its phones and will be keeping the feature for one more generation at least.