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Exclusive: LG G8X renders reveal waterdrop notch, dual rear cameras and 3.5mm headphone jack

LG is expected to launch its next flagship, the G8X at IFA 2019 in Berlin later this month. While not much information has been available about the phone so far, we’ve now obtained exclusive 5K renders and a 360-degree video of the G8X in collaboration with OnLeaks, revealing key details about the device.

The LG G8X is the successor to the G8 ThinQ that was launched at MWC in February this year, and carries forward the glass back panel of its predecessor. It also retains the horizontally-aligned dual rear cameras placed underneath the glass, next to which you’ll find a flash and sensors.

The display features a waterdrop notch to house the front camera, an upgrade over the G8’s wider notch design. We can confirm that the display measures roughly 6.2-inches. There are thin bezels on either side of the screen, and slightly thicker ones at the top and bottom. The overall dimensions of the phone are 159.3 x 75.8 x 8.5mm.

Notably, the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor of the G8 is missing on the G8X. OnLeaks states that there’s not enough room in the notch for Face ID-like tech, which hints at the presence of an in-screen fingerprint sensor. If this is the case, the G8X would be the first phone from LG to sport this feature.

Coming to the ports and buttons, the power button is present on the right, while the left is home to the volume up and down keys. There’s another button below the volume controls, which is expected to be a Google Assistant key, as we’ve seen on the LG G8 ThinQ. The SIM card tray is placed on top, while the bottom edge is home to a loudspeaker grill, USB Type-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s also an earpiece at the top, which indicates that LG is forgoing the G8’s Crystal Sound OLED speaker, which vibrates the screen to produce sound.

Given that the G8X is the successor to the G8 ThinQ, we expect it to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 or 855+ chipset. The screen is likely to feature QHD resolution, while the cameras could consist of a standard and wide-angle lens.

While no other details are known about the phone, Dutch website Android World obtained an IFA invite from LG, which states that the G8X will be launched in the Benelux (an economic union between Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg) this fall. With IFA scheduled to begin on August 31st, we’ll have more details on the G8X in the next few weeks.

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