Yes it is true -- LG has already made it clear that it will not be formally introducing a new flagship device offering during the upcoming annual Mobile World Congress event (which is scheduled to begin on February 26th and last until March 1st, in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain). But this does not mean that the South Korean tech giant is not cooking up something new.
As recently reported by VentureBeat this week, it appears that LG is planning to announce its next flagship smartphone about four months from now. The handset is said to be code named as “Judy” and it may or may not be an addition to the phone maker’s existing G lineup of high end devices.
All things considered, LG has had a decent run with its G family of smartphones, and past years have seen the company usually debut a new G offering at the yearly Mobile World Congress event. But more than a month ago, the South Korean mobile manufacturer had hinted that it was looking to change its mobile strategy, especially with regards to its smartphone launch schedule.
The timing of past G model releases usually coincided with the launch of industry leader Samsung’s introduction of its newest Galaxy S handsets, which typically make an appearance at the yearly Mobile World Congress event (true enough, the upcoming Galaxy S9 is expected to be officially announced a day before this year’s MWC is set to start).
But LG is intent on changing things up beginning this year. Instead of a new G model, what will likely happen at the MWC 2018 is that the company will be showcasing a new variant of its existing flagship phablet, the LG V30, that is equipped with the South Korean tech giant’s own suite of artificial intelligence features (notably Vision AI and Voice AI).
As for a brand new flagship, LG’s fans will have to wait until June of this year for the debut of Judy. There is speculation that the device will come with an imposing 6.1 inch screen, featuring a new and improved liquid crystal display (LCD) panel. Other rumored specifications and functionalities include Qualcomm’s new flagship chip (the Snapdragon 845 processor), water resistance capabilities, support for wireless charging, 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), and 64 gigabytes of built in storage.
Obviously, nobody can tell yet if the June flagship release schedule will work for LG. So for now, all we can do is bide our time.
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