The LG G9 will be the South Korean brand’s next flagship – so can it improve significantly on its predecessors and compete with the best?
Having been one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the business, LG lost some of its lustre in recent years, with sluggish sales to show for it. With the release of the G9, the brand is undoubtedly aiming to re-establish itself as a competitor to the likes of Android giants Samsung, Google and Sony. Here’s all we know so far about the upcoming flagship.
LG G9 – Release Date
As of yet, there’s been no official word on the LG G9’s release date, but we can hope to estimate confidently based on historic launch patterns. Here are the release dates for the previous five entries in the series:
Under normal circumstances, it was reasonable to expect the LG G9 to be released in the Spring months, with April, in particular, seeming to have been a strong bet (although it’s worth noting that the standard LG G8 never even went on sale in the UK). But due to the coronavirus outbreak, the release date is likely to be significantly delayed, perhaps until the summer, or even later.
LG G9 – Price
Evidently LG hasn’t yet released any official pricing info on the LG G9 yet, and there have been few rumours at this stage, so our price estimates are based on the cost of the previous model in the series (which wasn’t even officially released in the UK).
The LG G8 retailed for $819 in the US, which is approximately £630. We expect the G9 to go for a similar price, making it considerably cheaper than most other flagships and closer to a mid-ranger. But cock-eyed currency conversions could still UK consumers with a raw deal, as happened with the iPhone 11 which costs $699 in the US but £729 in the UK.
LG G9 – Design
Luckily we have more evidence to go on when it comes to renders of the device, thanks to @OnLeaks. This Twitter tipster has a good track record, and full renders of the device are available in the embedded video below:
If the renders are to be believed, the LG G9 will have a teardrop notch at the top of the screen with minimal bezels around the edges, plus a rear camera set-up that features four sensors (arranged in a horizontal bar like on the Samsung Galaxy S10).
This phone will be fairly large judging from the rumoured dimensions, measuring 169.4 x 77.6 x 8.8mm and boasting a display spanning between 6.7 and 6.9 inches.
Overall the design appears strongly reminiscent of its predecessor, the LG G8, which our review described as “bland”.
LG G9 – Specs
Even more important than the design is of course, what specifications and therefore the resulting performance that the device can boast.
LG’s flagships traditionally use Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line mobile processor, which this year will be the Snapdragon 865. This device comes with an external X55 modem that can offer 5G connectivity, as well as packing a good amount of processing power that should be enough to run very demanding apps
Beyond that we can tell from the renders that the device will have four cameras; this diverse array is expected to include a primary wide-angle snapper, a telephoto sensor, an ultrawide lens, and possibly a time-of-flight sensor for 3D-imaging. That would be a versatile set-up on paper at least, but the quality of the camera will need to be thoroughly tested before we can pass judgement on it.
LG remains one of the very few manufacturers still to provide its flagship phones with a 3.5mm headphone jack, once a universal industry standard. In reassuring news for audiophiles, we expect the G9 to retain this prized but now rare feature.
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