- AT&T will not carry the new LG G7 ThinQ.
- Instead, the carrier will offer a new LG device this summer that will be exclusive to AT&T’s network.
- We don’t know any details about the mystery LG device, but it’s possible it could be another G7 variant.
Most major retailers and carriers, at least in the U.S., tend to carry all the new LG flagships. But AT&T is bucking that trend this year.
In a statement to The Verge, AT&T confirmed that it has no plans to carry the new LG G7 ThinQ flagship. Instead, the carrier will launch a new LG device this summer that will be exclusively offered on AT&T’s network.
For the past several years, LG has offered two main flagship smartphones each year — a G-series device early on to compete with the new Galaxy S phone, and a V-series device later in the year to compete with the Note. It’s not out of the ordinary for smartphone makers to launch one-off devices midway through the year, so this LG phone really could be anything.
It’s worth noting that LG CEO Cho Sung-jin commented on the future of the company’s smartphone strategy in an interview at CES 2018. He said the company plans to only unveil new smartphones as needed, and will not launch devices just because rivals do. He went on to say:
We plan to retain existing models longer by, for instance, unveiling more variant models of the G series or V series.
Could this AT&T-exclusive device be another G7 variant? It wouldn’t surprise us, though we’re just speculating for now.
For everyone who isn’t an AT&T customer, you’re in luck: all the other major carriers plan to sell the LG G7 ThinQ. Pre-orders begin at Verizon on May 24, followed by Sprint on May 25. The device officially goes on sale everywhere in the U.S. on June 1. You can get all the LG G7 availability details at this link.
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