In this carnival of smartphone launches at MWC 2019, LG also unveiled three new flagship smartphones. These smartphones are LG V50 ThinQ 5G, LG G8 ThinQ, and LG G8s ThinQ. So let’s dig into the specs of all three smartphones, one by one.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G:
As the name suggests, this smartphone supports 5G connectivity. It is the first smartphone of LG to have 5G. Design wise it still looks similar to its predecessor. It sports a 6.4 inch AMOLED display with Quad HD+ (3120×1440) resolution and 537ppi. It has 19.5:9 aspect ratio with last year’s notch and 83% screen to body ratio. This display is HDR 10 as well as Dolby Vision supported. All this is protected with Gorilla Glass 5. It comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 octa core processor with X50 modem and Adreno 640 GPU. It has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, with expandable storage up to 512GB.
Optics wise, this smartphone has Triple Camera Setup on the back. Primary is the 12MP sensor with f1.5 lens, 1.4µm pixel size, dual pixel PDAF, and 3-axis OIS. Secondary camera is a 12MP Telephoto sensor with f2.4 lens, 2x optical zoom, 1.0µm pixel size, PDAF, and OIS. Lastly the third camera is a 16MP ultra wide-angle sensor with f1.9 lens, 1.0µm pixel size, and fixed focus. It can record videos up to 4k at 60fps, HDR videos, and 24-bit stereo sound at 192kHz. On the front there is an 8MP primary sensor with f1.9 lens and 1.4µm pixel size. The secondary camera is a 5MP sensor with f.2.2 lens and 1.4µm pixel size. Front camera can record videos up to Full HD at 60fps.
This LG V50 ThinQ 5G runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with LG’s custom skin on top. It packs in a big 4000mAh battery with 18W Quick Charging 3 and 10W Qi fast wireless charging support. Unlike most of the 2019 flagships, LG is sticking with rear mounted fingerprint sensor. It has stereo speakers with DTS : X surround sound and 3.5mm jack with 32-bit audio. There is IP68 certification as well as Military Standards 810G design for durability. Connectivity wise it has 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, Stereo FM Radio, aptX HD, and Type-C port. It has only Astro Black color option.
LG G8 ThinQ & G8s ThinQ:
Both these smartphones will have wider market coverage because both don’t have 5G support. Most of the specifications are same as V50 ThinQ 5G, so only pointing out the difference here. Starting with the display, G8 ThinQ sports 6.1 inch OLED display with Quad HD+ resolution and G8s ThinQ sports 6.2 inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The rear camera on G8 ThinQ is exactly same, but G8s ThinQ’s third camera is slightly reduced 13MP ultra wide-angle sensor. On the front, both these smartphones have secondary TOF 3D camera. This will bring many air gestures on both phones like volume adjustment and taking screenshots without touching the phone. G8 ThinQ has 3500mAh battery and G8s ThinQ has 3550mAh battery. Lastly, both have an extra color option of Moroccan Blue as well.
Second Screen Case:
LG didn’t showcase any foldable smartphone at the event because they decided to go in a different way, the external Secondary Display. This is a separate accessory, which fits into the smartphone with pogo pin connector, and a secondary display with 6.2-inch size and Full HD+ (2160×1080) resolution gets attached. Users can use this display in multiple ways like typing with one full screen in landscape mode, or maybe a gaming console if gaming developers will give support.
So that’s all the information we have as of now. LG didn’t provide any detail on pricing and availability of any product. Personally speaking, all three are very good smartphones, but there are some major drawbacks on all three. First is the UI, LG has very cartoonish skin and their update cycle is also very slow. Second thing is time of release and marketing, despite having good product LG always release their smartphones very late in many markets, which looses the hype around it. Lastly, LG is still sticking to 2018 features like rear mounted fingerprint sensor and notch. Otherwise all three are very good smartphones.
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