LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Price, release date, and availability

Posted February 26, 2019

LG is not one to be outdone by its South Korean rival, so following the launch of the Galaxy S10 5G, LG naturally had to follow suit with its own 5G phone announcement in the form of the new V50 ThinQ 5G.

"Instead of one big screen (spread out) on foldable phones, we came up with the idea for multitasking", Rafael Kim, who manages product planning from LG Electronics. Well, sort of - there's no speaker grille any more, because the G8 reverberates the display itself. Basically, the screen is emitting sounds, eliminating the need for a front speaker. Unlocking the phone is possible simply by placing the hand in front of the front-facer. The Z Camera also enables touchless gestures like turning virtual knobs to change the volume. There is a Video Portrait mode that lets users control the bokeh while shooting videos from the rear camera. The phone comes with a 6.40-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 3120 pixels at a PPI of 538 pixels per inch.

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The dual model has a 16-megapixel ultra wide lens coupled with a 12-megapixel standard lens, while the triple lens model adds a 12-megapixel telephoto lens to the mix. The front-facer is an 8MP unit with f/1.7, 1.22μm, and 80 degrees, plus a ToF Z Camera. Usual suspects include Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB Type-C. The smartphone comes with IP68 rating which makes it dust and water resistant and it also has military grade certification. The phone will be out on the market before standalone 5G services are available, the company said. At the Center de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, LG introduced the new LG G8 ThinQ, alongside its first 5G phone, LG V50 ThinQ 5G for a double dose of excitement. 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. Flawless aesthetics are not limited to the front of the device as its zero-protrusion rear camera creates a satisfyingly smooth surface. LG's Hand ID identifies owners by recognizing the shape, thickness and other individual characteristics of the veins in the palms of their hands. Once a palm is registered, users can hold their hand between 150 and 200mm above the G8 ThinQ's display notch to unlock their device.

LG is actually doing this, though.

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LG's flagships have struggled to crack the United Kingdom market of late, and we're not convinced that the G8 is likely to break that trend, but it's a welcome reminder that the company is making some of the best high-end phones out there - if you can get your hands on one. Interestingly, LG got rid of the earpiece speaker in favour of Crystal Sound OLED technology. With the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, however, nearly the opposite has happened.

Update (VZW): We're starting to hear from carriers concerning availability.

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