According to the report Samsung and LG are planning to launch their next Android flagship phones sometime in January in a bid to keep up with the competition. Citing last week’s, Business Korea says the Galaxy S9 won’t be the only new flagship handset to be launched at CES 2018. Apparently, LG’s G7 will also be unveiled at the show, further highlighting the fierce competition in the top smartphone market.
You might assume that the LG G7 would be at least a few months away, given that the LG G6 was announced in February and hit stores in March, but one site is claiming that the LG G7 might arrive as soon as January. Business Korea claims that LG is “considering” a January launch. Supposedly the possibility of an earlier launch is because the LG G6 apparently benefited from arriving before the Samsung Galaxy S8 and other rivals.
When the Galaxy S8 launched in late March, it was absolutely clear to everyone the LG G6 would not stand a chance. The Galaxy S8 had the better design, but also the better components, as Samsung enjoyed a limited Snapdragon 835 exclusivity. That’s the Qualcomm chip that ultimately powered many of the top smartphones launched this year, including the Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Pixel 2 series, OnePlus 5 and 5T, and many others.
Samsung and Qualcomm may have a similar deal in place for the Galaxy S9, some reports claimed earlier this year, But Business Korea, quoting Tech Advisor, says the G7 will also get the same Snapdragon 845, just like the Galaxy S9. As to the possible features of the phone, some sources claim the Galaxy S9 lineup will boast a dual-camera setup in keeping with the latest trends, in addition to supposedly having support for a Face-ID like tool that will build on Samsung’s mobile iris scanner and facial recognition solutions.
Recent rumors also had it that the Galaxy S9 flagship series will feature a thinner bottom bezel and Samsung’s Infinity Display panel with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, as well as a QHD+ resolution. Additionally, the Galaxy S9 is said to include a 5.8-inch display, while the Galaxy S9 Plus will supposedly have a 6.2-inch screen.
The LG G7 is also rumored to feature an OLED display, with the fingerprint sensor to be placed under the screen rather than the back. The Galaxy S9, meanwhile, will have a regular rear-facing fingerprint sensor but positioned in a better location.
Samsung is reportedly planning to kick off mass production of the Galaxy S9 series at some point in December, according to rumors that emerged earlier this month. Meanwhile, LG is expected to adopt a similar strategy of moving its premium product launch window to a date earlier than its usual February unveiling during Mobile World Congress.
It’s not clear where Business Korea got this information from, so we wouldn’t count on its accuracy, but it makes some sense that LG would want its flagship to be available before or at the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S9.