Mobile World Congress hasn’t started yet, but companies are already conducting pre-show events. South Korean manufacturer LG has announced two high-end smartphones, the V50 ThinQ 5G and LG G8 ThinQ today. The company has also launched a variant of the G8 ThinQ called the G8s ThinQ. The smartphones are all flagship offerings, with the V50 ThinQ 5G being the company’s first 5G-enabled device. Let’s take a look below:
LG V50 ThinQ 5G:
LG has collaborated with Sprint for 5G connectivity for the V50 ThinQ 5G. The phone sports a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED display. LG is offering an optional accessory called Dual Screen for the device which allows users to make use of two separate screens. Users can either run separate apps on the second display, or use it as a dedicated control pad in select games.
Under the hood, the V50 ThinQ 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 chipset and Snapdragon X50 5G modem. It is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory, expandable via a microSD card.
The V50 ThinQ 5G sports total of five cameras, three on the back and two on front. The rear camera module consists of a 12MP standard camera, a 16MP super wide camera and a 12MP telephoto lens. Upfront, the device is fitted with dual selfie snappers consisting of an 8MP standard sensor and another 5MP wide angle lens. The V50 ThinQ is backed by a 4,000mAh battery unit and runs Android 9 Pie out of the box. The device is IP68 dust and water resistant and also passes MIL-STD810G standards. The V50 ThinQ 5G is equipped with advanced heat dissipation system to overcome heating issues and features with stereo speakers and DTS Surround sound technology for an enhanced sound experience.
LG G8 ThinQ & G8s ThinQ:
The LG G8 ThinQ and G8s ThinQ sport 6.1-inch and 6.2-inch FullVision OLED displays respectively. The smartphones bear QHD resolution and a regular notch on the top. The former is equipped with ‘Crystal Sound OLED’ turning the screen of the phone into a speaker. The technology vibrates the OLED screen to produce sound for audio output and enhanced clarity.
On the camera front, the G8 ThinQ sports a horizontally aligned dual rear camera setup. It comprises of 12MP primary and a 16MP wide-angle secondary sensor. The front of the phone is fitted with a 8MP ToF ‘Z’ camera that helps the device to calculate the distance between the subject and the camera to offer a realistic bokeh effect. The G8s ThinQ features the same setup, but adds a third 12MP telephoto rear camera to the mix.
Both the devices come with a dedicated Google Assistant button on the right side and a fingerprint scanner mounted on the glass back panel. The phones also features 3D face unlock which cannot be fooled by two-dimensional images like photographs of your face. Apart from these aforementioned authentication features, the phones also offer an industry-first ‘Hand ID’ which uses the ToF Z camera and infrared sensors to recognise the shape, thickness and other characteristics of the veins on a user’s palms. It unlocks the phone when the user places their hand in front of the front camera.
In terms of internals, the G8 ThinQ and G8s ThinQ are powered by the same hardware configuration as the G8 ThinQ i.e Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage. The G8s ThinQ is also available in 64GB storage variant. Both the devices offer gesture control (Air Motion) that enable interacting with the device without actually touching it. The G8 ThinQ is powered by a 3,500mAh battery fitted inside, while the G8s runs on a 3,550mAh battery unit. The devices feature a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port.
Pricing & Availability:
LG hasn’t revealed the pricing and availability of its devices yet. We’ll update this post when this is announced.