26 February, 2019
The LG V50 ThinQ very much looks like the V40 from previous year albeit a glowing yellow 5G logo that lights up whenever it hooks up with the 5G network. LG has baked an LED-powered 5G logo into the back of the phone that lights up in trademark Sprint yellow when the device is in use.
For the G8 ThinQ, LG is implementing a Crystal Sound OLED panel, which turns the display into a speaker diaphragm, eliminating the need for a front-facing speaker. But now Verizon has confirmed that it'll be selling the phone too, eventually.
The display has an impressive pixel per inch measurement of 538, making it one of the most attractive screens around.
The G8 ThinQ also introduces palm recognition technology called Hand ID, which uses LG's front Z Camera and infrared sensors to recognise the shape and thickness of the veins in the palm of a hand to unlock it.
In a odd move on LG's part, the V50 ThinQ's second screen attachment not only isn't coming to Canada, but is also skipping out on a US release as well. Notably, the V50 ThinQ has arrived as the company's first smartphone with 5G connectivity. LG is still figuring out which models will arrive in which markets though, so we don't yet know which versions will be available where.
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There's no word on availability just yet but expect device partner Sprint to test the 5G network in the United States.
LG apparently launch two variant of the G8, a dual camera and triple camera variant. Flawless aesthetics are not limited to the front of the device as its zero-protrusion rear camera creates a satisfyingly smooth surface.
Seen in its connected configuration above and somewhat better below, the optional case would add a fully functional touch screen to your handset which can be used similar to a much more expensive dual-screen smartphone. It proved to be one of LG's more successful gambles with the G8 during our limited hands-on time with that device, and it would have been nice to see in the V50 as well. Battery capacity is 3500mAh with fast charging supported but neither wireless or reverse charging. You can only use the dual screen in two different angles - 104 and 180 degrees and uses the phone's battery to power the display.
LG should be commended for shoehorning the guts of a 5G phone into the V40's body - no small feat, as Samsung's 6.7-inch monster 5G phone proves.
After Xiaomi, Huawei, and Nokia, LG has also introduced its latest smartphones at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The V50 will be a slower rollout that focuses on 5G. Time will tell if it's as loud and full as a traditional phone speaker, but if not at least both the new LG phones keep the 3.5mm headphone jack.