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LG G8 may introduce touch-free gesture controls, teases MWC 2019 invite

LG G8

Touch is so 2007 to 2018, according to the LG's invite. Say hello to gesture controls – or at least, that's what the LG G8 invite for MWC 2019 strongly implies.

The official LG G8 launch event will be February 24, according to the Save the Date email LG sent to TechRadar and other media outlets. The press conference invite links to a YouTube video that drops even more hints about LG's next phones.

"Goodbye touch," reads a piece of paper, as a cartoon hand swipes across the screen to reveal the text, then immediately dismiss it. The hand never actually touches the paper. "MWC 2019 LG Premiere" text appears and it's flicked upward by the hand. 

One of many LG phones?

We've heard about a 'Touchless' input from prior LG G8 leaks, so there's reason to think that this is LG's new smartphone gimmick for its ThinQ phones in 2019. 

The same leak out of South Korea suggested an LG phone at MWC 2019 will utilize a connected dual display add-on to take on the foldable Samsung Galaxy X. We may be in for one or even multiple LG phones launched next month.

LG's mobile offering at MWC 2019 will likely go up against a trio of Samsung phones – the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 Lite – and the foldable Galaxy X. Samsung's new phones launch on February 20, four days before LG's press conference. So expect to see more LG teases right around that time.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief Editor who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the ripe at of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 600,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.