The smartphone extravaganza that is Mobile World Congress is coming up fast, and we've just got word of what LG might be planning for the show: an upgraded version of its LG V30 flagship with added artificial intelligence, possibly supplied by Google. As you might know, LG typically uses the floor at MWC Barcelona to announce the latest member of its flagship G series.
Even though LG won't be showcasing the LG G7 in the next month, it will be holding a press conference on February 26 to unveil the new edition of the LG V30 that is expected to launch as "V30+'α'".
The AI tech will be joined by "new technologies and functions", according to the report. However, at this year's CES event, LG CEO Jo Seong-Jin declared that his company will unveil new handset models "when it is needed" and won't necessarily do announcements in unison with rival companies.More news: Ewan McGregor has filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage
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A G7 may or may not be in the pipeline, scheduled for a February, March or April launch, followed by a V40 or perhaps a new Icon in the fall, or whenever the time feels right to bring palpable upgrades to the table.
"We need a strategy to maintain the existing platforms longer", Jo said.
The CEO also mentioned that there are plans for keeping high-end smartphones relevant for longer by releasing more variants of said models. The final decision on a possible launch date will be taken during the Lunar New Year Holiday next month. Phones like the LG G6 didn't bolster the company's bottom line, and there are signs that a change in strategy is underway.