Many eyes are on LG to see how the company improves its position in the highly competitive smartphone market after a change in leadership for its mobile division earlier this year. Amid reports that it may not show off its rumored foldable smartphone at CES 2019, a new report claims that LG will unveil its 5G smartphone at MWC 2019.
5G will most likely be a major buzzword at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona come February next year. Samsung has long been expected to unveil the Galaxy S10 there, its first smartphone with 5G capability. The report reiterates that Samsung’s 5G phone will be announced at MWC.
LG is now expected to make a similar announcement but its new device may not be an entirely new flagship like the Galaxy S10. It’s actually expected to announce an upgraded version of the LG G6 ThinQ at MWC 2019 with support for 5G networks. This doesn’t mean that the device will necessarily be called the G8 ThinQ. It’s pertinent to mention here that LG did launch a slightly changed model of the LG V30 at MWC last year. It was called the LG V30S ThinQ.
The company’s first 5G smartphone is also expected to be released by March. That’s when carriers in South Korea and the United States are expected to launch their commercial 5G networks for smartphones. These smartphones would only really be sold in markets where 5G networks are up and open to any and all users.