LG G7 Wishlist: LG is one of those rare smartphone makers on the block that do not shy away from experimenting with their devices. The last year has been remarkable for the South Korean company as they brought in some radical changes, faced the consequences rather boldly, and made their choices regarding which features they should stick with and which ones to do away with. The LG G5 reached the pinnacle of their experimentation with its modular design, but even as the smartphone found some takers, it was widely criticized. Perhaps the time was not right for such a radical move, but it was a commendable one. But 2016 was not all bad for LG, as there V20 was the first smartphone to ship with the Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Besides that, the V20 came with some pretty remarkable features that hit the mark with users and critics.
But the year has already taken a turn, and hopefully for the better for LG. This year, the successor to the G5 made an appearance in late February, which turned out to be a huge departure from its predecessor. But with the launch of the LG G6, we can’t help but wonder what the next smartphone in the series will be like.
That brings us to the LG G7, which is still some ways away from its release date. 2017 is the year of the LG G6, which came out early this year. So what’s in store for the next one in line? While there is no way to know for sure at this point, we felt like there was no better time to come up with our own Wishlist for LG G7. Read on to find out what these are.
LG G7 Wishlist
To speculate on the LG G7 release date, the smartphone will come out no sooner than 2018. Taking into account the rate in which the smartphone industry is growing, we can expect to see some true marvels in the devices that surface next year. And going by LG’s streak of experimentation, perhaps we can see some great new changes in the G7 smartphone, beginning with these.
An Edgeless Display: This one exists more or less as a concept at present, but some smartphone makers have made significant progress in trying to make the most by implementing an almost edgeless display (the Xiaomi Mi Mix). But considering LG’s latest ambition fuelled launches, we can expect them to push the limits in this department. This is especially because this year’s G6 is already known to sport a nearly bezel-less design with a screen to body ratio of over 90 percent. There is no doubt that by next year, LG will put their head together to find a way to go fully bezel-less, so that when we hold the LG G7 in our hand when it’s powered up, we’ll get to see a beautiful device that has no ugly borders destroying its aesthetics. That obviously means that there will need to be some significant new technology housed under the hood, but we hope LG will be able to work it all out.
Home Button Embedded into the Display: An edgeless design will obviously be quite nice, but it means that the company will have to figure out how to position the home button. One possible way could be to embed it into the screen itself. We have seen patents emerge in recent times which point at the fact that smartphone manufacturers are willing to venture beyond the traditional use of the display and incorporate a number of new functions into it to stop cluttering the phone’s surface. We’d say that embedding the home button into the display will be the most convenient way to save the space taken up by a home button, whether it be a click variety or a tactile one. Another way to do it might be by placing it somewhere at the back of the device along with the fingerprint scanner, but that doesn’t sound too user-friendly.
Processor: LG has had to back out of using the Snapdragon 835 chipset this year due to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. It has been reported that all of the initial shipments will be used up for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus. Which is why the G6, which was speculated to come with the Snapdragon 835, will instead come with Qualcomm’s SD 821, also released in 2016. So what’s in store for the LG G7?
Like we have mentioned before, the G7 is expected to come out sometime in 2018. By that time, we can expect Qualcomm to come up with a new powerhouse of a processor. Quite possibly, then, the LG G7 could ship with the latest and greatest Snapdragon SoC, the SD 845. And surely we can expect the G7’s processor to be at par with Apple’s upcoming A11 processor, believed to bag the position of the best processor in the world when it ships with the iPhone 8.
Retractable Camera: There is no doubt that the LG G7 will come with an updated camera set up with a range of sensors to beat. But while we can expect great things from the rear camera set up, likely to be a dual sensor unit, our interests lean more on the front camera. This is because opting for a truly bezel-less design would mean either eradicating the feature that has become an absolute necessity for smartphones these days or finding a whole new way to incorporate it. One concept that has been doing the rounds for a while now is using a retractable technology for a phone’s front camera, and it happens to make sense, that is, if it can be done perfectly. But the folks over at LG are all about pushing the boundaries with their high-end flagships, and so the new technology might be seen in the G7. But if this does really make it into the 2018 smartphone, we would really like to see a glitch free mechanism.
Built-in Projector: The LG G5 came with some pretty fantastic add-ons in the form of modules, which were brought physical enhancements for some of the features existing in the smartphone. While it is true that the modular design of the G5 was widely panned eventually, one thing that buyers really wanted was a projector module.
But one of the patents filed by Apple last year gave us a glimpse into the concept of a system that would incorporate a built-in projector which could make it into smartphones and tablets from the company in the near future. For the LG G7, we would love it if the South Korean company manages to bring a similar kind of technology to make it convenient to project images and other content from the smartphone directly on to a projector. Of all the things on our LG G7 wishlist, we think this might just end up making its way into the smartphone. This in combination with an edgeless display and a powerful camera will ensure that LG has all the upper hand they need for their 2018 device.
We hope to hear something about the LG G7 by the time 2017 comes to an end, but we can’t get a clearer idea about what the company has planned for the smartphone. But that’s not stopping us from wondering over what could be up next. For now, the above LG G7 wishlist concludes the features that we really want to see in the upcoming flagship. LG has been a pioneer of sorts in bringing to its users the kind of devices that can be a hit or a miss, but their guts over glory attitude are impressive. We hope that the reactions to the G5 have not dampened that spirit in the least, and so we hope to see the follow-up to this year’s more conservative G6 smartphone brings in some real innovation.