We are only a couple weeks away from the start of Mobile World Congress (MWC) but as reported last month, many top brands won't be debuting their latest smartphones at the event, giving Samsung a wide berth to announce its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ handsets. While brands will be holding their own events following MWC, it looks like a new report could have LG unveiling something new in the next few months.
According to Evan Blass of VentureBeat, LG could debut its next top-end smartphone sometime in June. The device, which has a codename of 'Judy', is reported to have an all-new design with a 6.1-inch 18:9 Full Vision display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Despite the previous LG V30 offering an AMOLED panel, it looks like Judy will go in a different direction, instead opting for an LCD, which is being dubbed an MLCD+ panel with an RGBW matrix containing white sub-pixels. The screen will be quite bright at 800 nits but will also consume less battery, at 35% less than a traditional IPS LCD.
When it comes to the camera, Judy will have dual 16MP sensors with glass optical elements with an aperture of f/1.6, capable of shooting high dynamic range (HDR). The phone will offer protection against the elements like dust and moisture, with an IP68 rating, and could even produce some amazing sound with its dual speaker setup. Like the V30, it will have wireless charging but will also arrive with something new, like a digital assistant and AI that will be used to improve the quality of the camera.
Naturally, this information is not coming from LG in an official capacity, but Blass has a pretty good track record when it comes to information about unannounced and unreleased devices. Typically, LG and other brands have tried to compete with current top dog Samsung by announcing around the same time. This year, LG is trying something different, instead opting to follow the beat of its own drum and release devices it is necessary. We shall see whether this strategy will produce results for the firm.