The iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 get most of the attention from the tech community, but one up-and-comer is starting to steal some of the spotlight. The LG G6 is expected to be revealed at the Mobile World Congress next month, although the company has not officially stated its plans to do so at the press conference it is planning.
LG sends out media invites
On Thursday, LG sent journalists invitations to attend a press conference on Feb. 26 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The event is tagged “See More, Play More,” which is in keeping with its motto relayed to playing, although rumors suggest that the LG G6 will no longer have the modular build options its predecessor had.
We’ve been hearing that the new flagship handset will have a stunning screen that may be larger than the display on its predecessor, and the image on the invitation could support this, suggests the Korea Herald. The media outlet reports that the LG G6 will sport a 5.7-inch quad HD LCD, which we saw for the first time only recently.
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By comparison, the iPhone 8 (or iPhone X, claims Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri) is expected to sport a 5.8-inch OLED display, while the Galaxy S8 is rumored to have a 5.7-inch OLED screen. There’s also a rumored Galaxy S8 Plus which will supposedly have a 6.3-inch display. Apple is also expected to release two smaller iPhones (4.7 inches and 5.5 inches) this year, possibly the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus alongside the iPhone X.
Other expectations for the LG G6
Rumors also suggest that the LG G6 will run on a Qualcomm 835 chip, and the company assured consumers this week that the handset won’t have the same battery problems as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 late last year. The company said it will have heat pipes to channel heat away and to the outside of the handset, thus reducing the risk of a fire or explosion. Also LG is employing stricter safety tests to ensure that its new flagship phone is safe.
Interestingly, we also heard today that Samsung will employ the same heat pipe tactic for the Galaxy S8. The company is said to be sourcing the pipes from Chaun Chong Technology and Auras Technology. Although Samsung was reportedly planning two ultra-thin heat pipes for improved dissipation of heat, the company later changed it to a single pipe design like the one in the Galaxy S7, DigiTimes reported.