In previous years LG has always favoured the MWC tradeshow for its flagship phone launch, which is traditionally held in late February/early March. However, in 2018 the LG G7 ThinQ (pictured) was held back until May, so the same could be true in 2019.

Contrary to this theory are rumours suggesting the only thing holding back LG from a February MWC launch is the fact Xiaomi is planning a big event for the same day - could this be the upcoming Mi 9?

Traditionally a true rival to Samsung's Galaxy S-series flagship, the gap has widened in recent years. But LG is still one of the best smartphone makers in the world, and we're excited to see what its 2019 G8 ThinQ has in store.

When is the LG G8 ThinQ release date?

The G8 launch date has not been confirmed, but based on last year's pattern it could appear as late as May 2019.

ETNews suggests LG will announce a 5G phone at MWC in February, but that it won't be the LG G8 ThinQ - the company is reportedly still discussing branding.

The G8 is thought to be a 4G LTE-only handset, which ETNews says will arrive later in March 2019.

How much will the LG G8 ThinQ cost?

With nothing to suggest otherwise, we suspect pricing will be in line with the outgoing flagship: expect the G8 to cost in the region of £600.

What are the rumoured features and specifications for the LG G8 ThinQ?

In common with other 2019 flagships the G8 will almost certainly carry the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which is the successor to the Snapdragon 845 seen in the G7.

This chip is significantly faster than the 845, and it also supports 5G connectivity. However, it's unlikely that the G8 will itself support 5G connectivity, since this will add to the overall cost. LG is expected to announce a different smartphone in early 2019 as its first 5G phone.

A feature recently tipped for the new LG phone is Sound On Display, which uses bone conduction and vibration to emit sound and would enable LG to lose the front speaker and free up more room for the screen. It's a technology Samsung is also reportedly working on, though it would appear LG could beat it to the punch. Without an earpiece we could see a new design that sees LG drop the screen notch.

The display could also be upgraded to feature a 4K resolution, according to Ice Universe, though this is another feature that adds cost without adding significant value. LG could keep down costs here by using LCD rather than AMOLED, which is a shame as we'd rather see a lower-resolution AMOLED screen.

It's also said to come with a triple-lens rear camera, though the exact specifications have not yet been detailed.

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