Update (January 29, 2019): An unannounced LG smartphone carrying the model number LM-X420BMW was certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance earlier this month. Multiple variants of the smartphone have now been certified by the Bluetooth SIG, suggesting it may soon be officially announced by LG.
The Bluetooth SIG has certified seven variants of the upcoming LG smartphone. These include LM-X420EM, LM-X420EMW, LM-X420ZM, LM-X420BMW, LM-X420ZMW, LM-X420HM, and LM-X420N. Going by the multiple model numbers certified by the Bluetooth SIG, the device will be sold in various markets across the world. Apart from the model numbers, the Bluetooth certification only tells us the smartphone will support the Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy standard. Since the smartphone has already been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG, we can expect it to be unveiled at LG’s MWC 2019 press conference in Barcelona next month. In case it does not show up in Barcelona, the smartphone is likely to be introduced sometime before the end of the first quarter. While its identity has not been confirmed yet, some rumors claim it could launch as the K10 (2019). In South Korea, the handset is tipped to launch as the LG X4 (2019). The LG X4 was released in March last year in South Korea.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified an upcoming LG smartphone bearing the model number LM-X420BMW. While the identity of the smartphone has not been established yet, it is being speculated that it could be launched as K10 (2019) or K12 Plus.
LM-X420BMW Granted Wi-Fi Certification
The Wi-Fi Certification reveals the smartphone will support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and run on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system at launch. Since the smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, it is quite clear that it runs on a relatively new mobile processor under the hood. The LG K10 (2018), which came out in February last year, is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 28nm octa-core mobile processor clocked at 1.5 GHz with a Mali-G860MP2 GPU. The K10 (2018) was launched in Russia and a few other markets as the LG K11. A variant of the K10 (2018) was launched in the US by T-Mobile as the LG K30 with a few minor changes under the hood.
Instead of the MediaTek MT6750 chipset, the K30 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz with an Adreno 308. Just like the MediaTek MT6750 chipset, the Snapdragon 425 is manufactured on a 28nm process. The upcoming LM-X420BMW, however, is likely to be powered by a more efficient chipset built on a 14nm manufacturing process. In addition to a newer and more powerful processor, we expect the LM-X420BMW to be an upgrade over the K10 (2018) in other areas as well. In terms of design, the upcoming smartphone is likely to come with a more modern ‘bezel-less’ display with an 18:9 or taller aspect ratio. The current K10 (2018) sports a 5.3-inch IPS LCD display panel with 720 x 1280 HD resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. We can also look forward to some upgrades in the camera department. Some variants of the K10 (2018) feature a 13MP rear camera, while others sport an 8MP snapper on the back.