The LG G7 unveiling is only a few weeks away. With the G6, LG made radical design changes, ditching the uninspiring design and modular approach of the G5. However, the G6 turned out to be a dud in the market. The Korean company is hoping that the upcoming LG G7 would revive the fortunes of its mobile business, which has been struggling for the last several quarters.
LG G7 to feature an improved FullVision display
During the launch of V30+ in India, LG India’s business head for mobile communications Advait Vaidya told the Indian Express that the LG G7 would bring “display innovation.” Vaidya declined to reveal further details, but said the company would continue to focus on the OLED FullVision display “as a key driver of product innovation.” LG Electronics, along with Samsung, has been a pioneer in the OLED technology.
The LG G7 is expected to feature the plastic OLED (P-OLED) display used in the LG V30 and Google’s Pixel 2. The Google Pixel 2 display had suffered from a lot of issues such as burn-in and bluish tint. LG seems to have learned a lesson or two from the Pixel 2 problems. LG first used the OLED screens in 2015 on the G Flex 2, which had a curved design.
LG Display has improved its OLED technology to close the gap with Samsung’s OLED screens in terms of HDR support, panel size, resolution, brightness, and color gamut. LG’s OLED panels are built on a flexible plastic instead of a rigid glass substrate. Tests conducted by Android Authority revealed that LG’s P-OLED technology is “highly competitive” in terms of brightness, and has deep blacks.
G7 to have an advanced iris scanner, hints patent
A few days ago, LetsGoDigital spotted a patent filed by LG with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The patent documents suggest that the LG G7 could feature an advanced iris scanner. The new scanner could not only securely unlock your phone and authenticate payments but also protect your sensitive data from unauthorized access. It will verify that you are the owner of the phone before granting you access to sensitive apps.
According to the patent, the iris scanner sets up with a dark screen and a light screen because the human iris changes in size depending on the amount of light reaching it. This setup process allows the sensor to adjust its reading based on the ambient light. LG Electronics has developed a camera lens capable of switching from infrared light to regular one. The iris scanners rely on the infrared light. The new camera lens would allow LG to place fewer sensors on the front, reducing the size of the top bezel.
The patent documents suggest that when someone tries to access a sensitive feature or app, the new iris scanner would ask them to follow the dots with their eyes. The sensor will track the movement of your pupil in real time to ensure that you are the owner of the device and a real human, not a 3D mask or a photo. It means your friends and acquaintances trying to access your Facebook app will not be able to fool the device with a photo.
Rumored LG G7 features
The LG G7 is rumored to offer 5G support. The device is expected to ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem, which offers a theoretical download speed of up to 5GB/second. Though 5G could be an attractive selling point, whether users will be able to take advantage of the new technology would depend on wireless carriers. Other Android vendors are also expected to offer 5G capable smartphones from next year.
Advait Vaidya did not mention which processor would power the LG G7. The rumor mill expects the phone to feature Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 845, but LG could use the older Snapdragon 835 in the G7. Samsung has the first dibs on the SD845. So, LG might have to opt for the older processor just like it did with the SD821 in the LG G6 or delay the launch of its flagship phone.
The G7 is expected to feature a dual camera system on the back. The device would pack 6GB RAM, which has become pretty common in premium Android phones. LG would differentiate the G7 from rivals by making it a music-centric phone. It could include Quad DAC to enhance the audio experience.
The rumor mill claims that the LG G7 would be unveiled early next year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. LG traditionally strives to beat its rivals, especially Samsung, to the market. But the company’s decision to use an older processor in the G6 didn’t go down well with consumers. LG would want to have the latest processor in the upcoming flagship. So, there is a chance the G7 would be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in the last week of February.