Although one of the LG Velvet variants was launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 on board, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G was LG’s first flagship to sport that honor. This is important because no LG smartphone from the second half of 2020 has the most powerful Snapdragon 865+. And everything indicates that LG would not launch a flagship with Snapdragon 875.
At least not during the first half of 2021. New Chinese media reports indicate that LG does not appear on the buyer’s lists for the first distribution of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875. But that does not mean that the South Korean manufacturer will disappear from the smartphone market high-end.
LG has no plans to buy Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 units yet
The leaker @techleaks4u shared a link from the Clien site on his private Twitter account. In this news, the aforementioned is noted: LG does not appear as a buyer for the first orders of the Snapdragon 875, Qualcomm’s first processor with 5nm process technology, and the chip that is expected to define the flagship market during at least the first half next year.
Instead, LG seems to have reserved a generous amount of the Snapdragon 775, the direct successor to the Snapdragon 765G, the most popular Qualcomm chip of 2020 and the one that brings 5G connectivity and the most power to mid-range devices.
It makes sense given that the 5G connectivity model of the LG Velvet, LG’s latest flagship phone, was released with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. And given the hard work the company went into creating a new design language to introduce the LG Velvet as a successor to that device, it’s by no means a wild guess.
If it turns out to be true that LG would not launch a flagship with Snapdragon 875 during the first half of 2021, perhaps we will see an indefinite suspension of the V ThinQ and G ThinQ series that for so many years shaped LG’s high-end range. Although there is always the possibility that such series start to consist mainly of powerful midrangers .