LG Denies Copying iPhone X's Notched Design With New G7 Smartphone

LG has denied copying the iPhone X's notched design with its latest G7 ThinQ smartphone, unveiled on Wednesday, according to The Korea Herald.


"We planned the notch design before Apple," said Hwang Jeong-hwan, chief of LG's mobile division, in an interview. "The display design may look similar to that of other smartphones, but boasts differentiated features."

LG is one of several Android smartphone makers that have unveiled iPhone X lookalikes in the months following the debut of Apple's flagship handset, alongside the likes of Asus, Huawei, and others. One notable holdout is Samsung, with its latest Galaxy S9 devices retaining uniform top and bottom bezels.


Google introduced support for "the latest edge-to-edge screens" with a "display cutout for camera and speaker" in Android P, the next major version of its mobile operating system that will be seeded to devices like the G7 ThinQ.

Apple has previously said the iPhone X reflects the next decade of smartphones, suggesting the controversial notch will remain for the foreseeable future. However, a questionable report from Korean website ET News recently suggested that Apple may remove the notch from iPhones starting with 2019 models.

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15 weeks ago
How can they deny it. Its right there on the friggen screen. Albeit a bit smaller.
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15 weeks ago
Of course they would deny it, they would never directly admit that they are copying Apple blatantly in the notch design. You know...because no other smart phone competitors would mimic The iPhone.
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15 weeks ago
"We planned the notch design before Apple," said Hwang Jeong-hwan

And sure enough, Android folks will buy this, in their processing of mourning that started with “ROTFL” and will end up with ”it’s the obvious design, Apple invented nothing”.
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15 weeks ago
Love or hate the notch, there’s a clear reason why Apple put it in.

However if you’ve got a notch on your phone but only 2D facial recognition and still have a bezel on the bottom, you’re probably doing it wrong.

LG boast they “planned the notch first”, yet Apple put the notch in for the purpose of Face ID and it was a necessary compromise to make the technology work. LG have put it in for different reasons. They had it on the drawing board in the rejected pile and it’s now acceptable design as Apple have shipped a phone with it.
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15 weeks ago
Shameless. At least they did it before Samsung though. What's in that notch anyway? The selfie camera?
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15 weeks ago
It's funny to me how one of the original positive aspects of the notch was how it stands out and now it's the phones that don't have it that now stand out.
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15 weeks ago
In all honesty I wonder what the lead times are on this. I doubt they could have re-worked this in less than a year to match the iPhone X. If you have dealt with HW engineering (I have) then it's just not something you can change quickly. The iPhone X will always look like the pioneer however.

EDIT - I didn't know about essential.
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15 weeks ago

Love or hate the notch, there’s a clear reason why Apple put it in.

However if you’ve got a notch on your phone but only 2D facial recognition and still have a bezel on the bottom, you’re probably doing it wrong.

LG boast they “planned the notch first”, yet Apple put the notch in for the purpose of Face ID and it was a necessary compromise to make the technology work. LG have put it in for different reasons. They had it on the drawing board in the rejected pile and it’s now acceptable design as Apple have shipped a phone with it.

There's no logical basis for that assumption. There is nothing in Face ID that required a notched screen. That's true for Apple and LG whatever functionality their front facing camera has. The notch on the iPhone X is purely cosmetic... just like it is on LG's phone. There is no functionality tied to the notch being there.
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15 weeks ago
Lord that notch is ugly. Why would anyone try and copy it?!
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15 weeks ago
Yeah yeah, same story since 2007. They blatantly rip off the design then say Apple can't patent rectangles.
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The notch is such a stupid design. But for companies to actually copy it is beyond stupid. At least Samsung has the decency to not copy this idiotic trend.

Yes, also +1 to Samsung for not getting rid of the headphone jack. I'm not buying a new phone that doesn't have one. I miss it when phones simply got better over time instead of going through trends.
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