LG continues to be making smartphones. The most recent is the LG G8, which is anticipated to debut at Cellular World Congress on the finish of the month. It has leaked lots.

First up is that this press picture from Evan Blass, which leaves little of the G8 to the creativeness. LG’s final huge smartphone design was the LG G6, which was a return to a standard smartphone after the disastrously modular LG G5. You possibly can draw a straight line from the LG G6 by means of the G7 to the G8, which appears to be like just about similar to the telephone LG launched two years in the past. In a yr when many OEMs are switching to a minimal “gap punch” digicam cutout, the LG G8 nonetheless has a notched digicam cutout on the entrance just like the LG G7. In a yr when many OEMs are switching to an in-screen fingerprint reader, LG nonetheless has a capacitive fingerprint reader on the again. Probably on the plus-side, not less than there’s nonetheless a headphone jack.

There are a number of surprises within the LG G8 design, although. For those who discover within the render there is no earpiece on the highest of the telephone; that is as a result of the telephone will not have an earpiece. LG has introduced the telephone will use the show itself as a speaker diaphragm, a function LG is looking “Crystal Sound OLED.” LG says the longer term works by “vibrating all the floor to supply sound,” promising “spectacular quantity” and “improved readability” over a standard speaker. LG has put a whole lot of focus within the loudness and high quality of its audio system, and the all-speaker show feels like one other step on this technique. LG does not point out something about telephone calls, although, and I’m wondering if there’s a localized mode that might replicate the privateness of an earpiece for telephone calls. The press launch makes it sound such as you’ll solely get a speakerphone for telephone calls.

“Crystal Sound OLED” additionally confirms that the LG G8 can have an OLED show, presumably from LG Show. That is the primary time LG has been assured sufficient in its (beforehand troubled) OLED know-how to place an OLED panel within the G sequence.

With the earpiece out of the best way, one other shock is the inclusion of a 3D sensing setup within the entrance notch. Similar to on an iPhone X, the LG G8 has a entrance Time of Flight (ToF) sensor, which is able to blast your face with IR and seize a 3D illustration of your face. LG’s press launch mentions that ToF sensors are steadily used for biometrics and augmented actuality options, so it is a secure wager each of these are coming to the LG G8.

LG misplaced $700 million making smartphones final yr, making smartphones the corporate’s worst performing market. LG blames “decrease gross sales of cellular merchandise” for the poor displaying, so clearly the G7 was not as profitable as LG had hoped. The G8 is clearly intently associated to the G7, so it is exhausting to think about it performing any in another way out there—particularly on condition that this yr firms like Samsung are turning in additional radical redesigns.

LG’s MWC press convention is February 24.

Itemizing picture by Evan Blass

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