LG G8 ThinQ renderings appear in various places on the Internet, complete with a splashy indigo wallpaper. It looks similar to the G7, but with a significant difference: the earphone is missing.
As with the G7, there is a notch, a headphone jack and a slight chin on the bottom. Unlike the G7, the G8 seems to be more horizontally oriented than rear, rear cameras. Instead of the handset, the LG G8 uses the extra space for another selfie camera (instead of omitting the notch).
Overall, the G8 lacks a lot of the innovative features we see in other flagship phones: fingerprint readers on display, alternatives to notch like a punched hole, and others new ways to design a screen.
The phone is supposed to make its display vibrate to produce a sound instead of using an earphone, an anonymous source told @Onleaks. Both Xiaomi and Sharp tried to use a similar technology in 2014 and 2016, with less than optimal results. The LG G8 ThinQ may be better than its predecessors given that we are now 2019, but it is still unclear how good the sound quality of screen vibrations is. So far, LG's Global Communications for Consumer Electronics, Ken Hong tweeted a denial of the renderings and said they are not real. We expect to learn more at the Mobile World Congress.
Correction January 25, 4:24 pm ET: This article states that Ken Hong rejected similar-looking renderers when he actually declined the last renderers.