Image source: @OnLeaks | CashKaroWeve been waiting for an LG phone that really wows us for some time now. Thats not to say that the company hasnt produced some alright devices over the last couple of yearsit hasbut there hasnt been one thats managed to leave a truly lasting impression.After the ambitious, yet flawed, LG G5which was focused on modularitythe company moved away from risky innovations in its flagship G-series phones. This wasn't necessarily a bad decision, but it left LGs G-series phones in a bit of an identity crisis, struggling to really stand out among the rest in the premium segment.
So, is LG going to pleasantly surprise us with the LG G9 ThinQ, or is it going to be another "just alright" device with a couple of neat tricks up its sleeve? The rumor mill is now in motion and we have some very interesting information coming from reliable sources that suggests that the LG G9 ThinQ may, indeed, turn out to be a very desirable phone.
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The recent wave of multi-camera devices has proven that phone cameras can be more versatile, without adding any bulk. The optics and sensors are small enough as is, which allows engineers to cram multiple cameras with different focal lengths, while the software is getting better at using them all in tandem and further improving results digitally. So, it comes as no surprise that the LG G9 ThinQ will have four cameras on its back..
Image source: @OnLeaks | CashKaroLG hasnt exactly been leading the pack in terms of display innovation over the last years. The companys plastic OLED panels havent been quite as great as Samsungs Super AMOLEDs, both in terms of peak brightness and color accuracy, though the LG G8 ThinQ was a marked improvement over its predecessors on both accounts.
For the most part, LG has followed the pack when it comes to increasing screen real estate moving to a taller aspect ratio, reducing the bezels, and introducing a notch. The next big step comes in the form of true in-display cameras, but we wouldnt hold our breath to see one on the LG G9 ThinQ. The technology is still in its infancy, and though weve seen working prototypes, it won't be ready for prime time for the G9.
Image source: @OnLeaks | CashKaroThe headphone jack is close to extinction in the premium smartphone segment. Samsung has so far stood its ground by keeping the 3.5mm jack in its Galaxy flagships, but the Note 10 put an end to it. The beloved jack may have turned into an endangered species among flagships, but as we already said, the LG G9 ThinQ is likely going to be poised as an upper midrange device, rather than a Galaxy S20 or iPhone 12 competitor.
But aside from this, the same people who would by an LG phone for its excellent Quad DAC and headphone audio quality, are coincidentally the same people who need a 3.5mm jack. So, unless LG is planning to stop catering to audiphiles and to remove one of the current-defining features of its premium phones, wed be inclined to believe that the G9 ThinQ may retain the headphone jack.
LG UX 9.0 looks similar to Samsung One UI at first glance, but is this the end of the world?
LGs custom Android skin hasn't been the worst offender out there, but it could definitely use some improvementsboth in terms of its visual design and actual functionality. The G8 ThinQ, despite running Android 9 Pie out of the box, didin't have many of the bells and whistles that other custom skinsand even "stock" Android itselfhave on offer.
LG recently sort of unveiled the next version of its UX Android skin (yep, it's called UX) and it seemed to address many of the issues that we've had with previous iterations. In a now-deleted teaser trailer for the update, the company showed off what looked like a total redesign of the interface, packing a lot of new features, such as system-wide night mode.
The video immediately started drawing comparisons with Samsung's One UI and was promptly taken down by LG, hence why we can't show it to you. We don't know if the company decided to remove all information about LG UX 9.0 due to the apparent similarities with One UI, or simply because it was shared earlier than intended by mistake, but what we saw in the video made us both optimistic and a bit worried.
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