According to a report by Seoul based Yonhapnews, LG might be readying to announce their flagship phone before Samsung, a whole month in advance to be precise. The unveiling is planned for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for the 26th of February, whereas Samsung has announced that their flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be announced sometime late march.
LG’s next flagship, the LG G6 has been the subject of leaks over the past few weeks. Amongst rumours that it might not come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, there’s also talk of a dual-camera setup, something LG has come to be known for. There’s also been several leaks showing both glossy and matter finishes, however, only once the phone is announced we will know which finish LG will be going ahead with. Other, rumours suggest that the LG G6 will have a 5.7 inch QHD+ screen with a rather unique 18:9 aspect ratio. It will run Google’s Android Nougat, however, what’s surprising is that there seems to be talk that the phone would also come with Google Assistant, a feature that is so far exclusive to the Google Pixel. There’s a lot of speculation around the LG G6 based on leaks and anonymous industry insiders, so we recommend taking all this information with a pinch of salt.
What we do know for sure is that LG will be unveiling something on the 26th of Febraury 2017 at MWC, based on the invites that have already been sent out. For the first time, LG will be releasing a flagship before Samsung, which could really benefit LG. Given the disaster that was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, its only natural for Samsung to be over-cautious with a product launch. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was long believed to have been rushed to market by Samsung in a bid to beat Apple’s iPhone 7 release, potentially resulting in poor quality control which led to the battery issues. Looks like LG is hoping to capitalize on the judiciousness of Samsung and beat them to the market with the next flagship.
Mobile World Congress is an annual event where all the players in the mobile phone industry come together to showcase what they will be offering next to the market, often in form of prototypes or even finished products. It is one of the biggest events in the mobile phone industry and an ideal platform for making major announcements. It is no surprise LG chose MWC to announce the LG G6.