With the LG G7 release getting close it’s time to start thinking about whether you should, or perhaps shouldn’t, wait for the company’s next flagship phone.
If you’re in the market for a new phone there are a few devices that you need to check out before you commit. The Galaxy S9 is Samsung’s new flagship and the two models (Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+) are two of the best Android has to offer at the moment.
There are also some unreleased devices you’ve got to make a decision about. Samsung’s cooking up a Galaxy Note 9, Google’s reportedly developing a new Pixel 3 (including a budget model), Apple’s working on the iPhone 11, and LG looks like its ready to release a new flagship of its own.
LG G7 Rumors
LG hasn’t detailed the new LG G7 (officially known as the LG G7 ThinQ) in full, but the phone is official and the company plans to unveil it to the public in just a few short weeks.
Thanks to a series of reports, rumors and leaks, we know quite a bit about LG’s seventh-generation G series phone including details about its cameras, its software, and its display. On paper, it’s shaping up to be a quality release.
With announcements on the way, many of you will want to hold off on buying a new phone until LG’s had a chance to sell you on the LG G7.
That said, there are also a few reasons why you might want to skip the big reveal and buy something else today or in the near future.
Wait If You Want the Best Software Support
If you want the best software experience LG has to offer you'll probably want to hold out for the LG G7.
The LG G7 will launch with Android 8.0 Oreo on board. It'll also, according to recent rumors, come with some new software features from LG.
LG's new phone is reportedly coming with a souped up version of Google Assistant, camera features like Live Photo and Portrait Mode, 3D camera stickers, and new AI functions (LG's calling it "Empathic AI") like the new AI Cam. AI Cam will supposedly help you take better photos with its four enhanced filter options.
This will be LG's best version of Android Oreo and that alone might be compelling enough to convince you to wait a few weeks before buying a new device. But there's more.
LG probably won't advertise this on stage during the LG G7 launch event, but the device will get at least two years of major Android OS upgrades, bug fixes, and patches.
So while you might be tempted to go with a cheaper device like the LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8, these devices are already a year old which means they're already a year into their software support. The end of life will come much faster for those phones.
The LG G7's souped up hardware also means that it'll benefit from software features to come. Android updates for older phones are often limited due to their aging hardware.
If you want the best possible software experience from an LG phone, the LG G7 needs to be on your radar.