LG G8 looks near identical to its predecessor, new leak suggests

UPDATE: Ken Hong, Head of LG Electronics' global corporate communications, has taken to Twitter to dismiss the below renders as "speculative" and "not real". Original article continues below. 

It would appear that LG didn't get the memo about notches being out this year, if these new leaked renders and 360-degree video from 91Mobiles and @OnLeaks are to be believed. 

The renders, said to be of the upcoming LG G8, show a handset that looks almost identical to last year's LG G7 ThinQ, though keen observers will notice some very subtle differences between the two phones. 

Firstly, it looks as though the LG G8 has slightly reduced the size of its chin bezel. Before you rush off to preorder, it's also worth noting that its aforementioned notch now seems to house a dual camera setup, which will either provide depth-of-field selfies or better face unlock functionality. 

On the rear of the phone, you'll notice the cameras are now horizontally aligned, as opposed to the G7 ThinQ's vertical implementation. Like last year's model, LG will reportedly stick to a dual-lens primary camera setup, bringing the total up to four cameras on the G8. 

Elsewhere on the device, the 3.5mm headphone jack makes its triumphant return, likely bringing Quad DAC audio along with it, as does the dedicated Google Assistant button, which made its debut on the G7 ThinQ. 

The LG G8 is expected to be announced at MWC 2019 with an assumed late-February launch date. You can check out the 360-degree render video from 91Mobiles below.

Stephen Lambrechts
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