Leaks suggest LG's next flagship is an iPhone X clone

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At the Mobile World Congress last week, some sources claimed that Apple was already working on the iPhone X's successor, the "iPhone X Plus".

'It seems that Apple is planning to implement [a] full-screen that is more complete in its new iPhones, ' they added. Industry sources told ETNews that the company is now having discussions with relevant firms for this new design.

This will be possibly achieved by placing all the sensors for the front camera and Face ID under the screen of the 2019 iPhone. The publication did not mention the screen size and resolution of 2019 models as talks with display suppliers are still in early stages.

On the iPhone X, however, the notch services a goal, housing a bunch of technologies including the front-facing camera, infra-red camera for Face ID, dot projector, flood illuminator, speaker, microphone, ambient light sensor and proximity sensor.

Additionally, MacRumors also notes both the flex cables seen in the photos and the part numbers align with existing formats "typically used by Apple" while "The rear design of the part is also very similar but not identical to the iPhone X display assembly".

So this year getting iPhone X clones at the MWC 2018 wasn't actually surprising. The notch was not only accepted by the consumers, but also by rival smartphone brands.

If the front of new iPhones is completely filled with new displays, there are not much space to place receiver or front-camera. Some display industries think that Apple will either drill holes into OLED panels or use BM (Black Matrix) area within displays. This will be done to let the 2019 iPhones deliver an ultimate full screen experience. And that makes sense for why manufacturers are bringing in a broader notch sans the presence of facial recognition sensors like in iPhone X.

That's partly why many smartphone makers have since emulated the notch in their own devices. As far as this year is concerned, the company is rumored to launch 5.8-inch and 6.46-inch OLED iPhones alongside a budget-friendly 6.04-inch LCD iPhone.

"LG Electronics" next flagship LG G7 "Neo" is also expected to come with an iPhone X like "notch" on the device.