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February 25, 2019

LG V50 ThinQ Review

Usually, we would not expect to see a new V-series smartphone until much later this year, but LG V50 ThinQ was announced next to LG G8 ThinQ at the MWC 2019, as rumors suggest. It is the first 5G smartphone of the company and even a double screen accessory, making it just next to a foldable phone from LG.

Here you will find all we know about the new LG V50 ThinQ, including all features, specifications, release date and price. It’s been quite a while since we have been keeping an eye on MWC, so we have rounded up LG V50 ThinQ rumors, suggestions and leaks to share.

LG V50 ThinQ Release Date

We don't know yet, annoyingly, when the LG V50 ThinQ comes out. There is no data at all about LG V50 ThinQ release date in Australia, for now, and in even worse news, LG didn’t confirm that it'll arrive in Australia at all. Although it will certainly be released in the U.S. no release date window was suggested yet again.

In the first half of the year, LG tends to release G series and V Series in the second half, but recently it - but has become less predictable. We normally expect the V50 to reach October 2019, one year after the V40, but it will be on sale as early as March now that it has been shown off in February.

LG V50 ThinQ Price

Again, very much like its release date, no pricing information is available for LG V50 ThinQ. But that cannot stop us making some educated guesses. The LG V40 costs $900 in the US, which at the time of writing comes to around AU$1258. This put it at around the price of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in Australia which is higher than Apple iPhone XR.

With 5G capabilities, LG V50 ThinQ Price in Australia is expected to be around AU$1398 as the technology inside is worth it. But like the V40, it will be hard to sell next to popular desirable phones on shelves.

There is a matter of Dual Screen Accessory. It’s an optional extra and expected to be quite pricey – but according to LG, the V50 ThinQ’s actual price and the dual screen together will be less as compared to Samsung’s or Huawei’s foldable devices which are closer to AU$2400-2500.

LG V50 ThinQ Design and Build

  • Front and Rear: Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Dimensions: 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 183 grams
  • Display: Notched

The LG V50 ThinQ has an identical design for the front and back with Gorilla Glass. It is brilliant, fingerprint-friendly, but you're probably going to slap the case - more about that in a second and the V50 looks pretty good in fairness. It hasn't the gloss of Samsung S10 5G, but we love the 8.3mm slender chassis and it's not too big for this phone to manage.

It comes with many well-known V-series features like waterproofing IP68 and drops protection MIL-STD - to be expected. So, both the robust design and the overall appearance are safe. LG doesn't wildly change the top notch of the display with colors and isn't much changed.

A Story of Second Screen

  • Phone Screen Size: 6.4-inches OLED QHD+
  • Dual Screen Accessory Size: 6.2-inches OLED FHD+

LG also appeared publicly and said it is not a folding phone - although it is based on the strength of its OLED display business in LG's technical capabilities. However, like every other smartphone on the planet LG won't just limit you to use one bored display. No, the excitement comes from Dual Screen.

Dual screen is an OLED 6.2-inch accessory display that can be used to extend your phone. It comes in a folio case, so you have two displays to open up your phone. Both can work independently - on either side, open apps or work together under certain conditions.

For instance, you can open Google Maps on the dual screen, and you can send messages to the home screen on your phone, and share a full grab from the map so that your friends can see where you are going.

Additional options extend to a camera - it'll let you flip the case over so that a person you're capturing a photo of can see themselves and check that it's an image they want or you can use it to line-up a camera at numerous angles - very much like a vari-angle display on a camera. It can also be used to preview all the different views of the three rear cameras simultaneously - very sophisticated.

Finally, you can use it to play the game, and this is where it gets a bit more exciting. The goal of LG is to allow this to work with all the games by just replicating the controls you can get from the Bluetooth controller. The goal is to have this work as you could from the Bluetooth controller.

It's an interesting idea – the handset just drops into the case, delivers power via the back pins and connects the display by the use of a new wireless protocol. It's certainly an antidote to criticism that there's no folding phone. Without the impracticalities, you have certain advantages of a bigger display. The normal display is a 6.4-inch OLED display, and it's good for the first printing, but it takes more time to measure overall quality with this phone.

LG V50 ThinQ Triple Cameras

  • Rear Cameras: 12MP + 16MP + 12MP (f/1.5 + f/1.9 + f/2.4)
  • Front Camera: 8MP + 5MP (f/1.9 + f/2.2)

Further LG V50 ThinQ Rumors include a large number of rear cameras - regular wide angle and a zoom-in. The camera is 107 degrees wide-angle, and the zoom runs to 2 optics, before being switched to digital. To switch between cameras, you can tap the icons and slide the shutter button in order to move from one to the other in a smooth and silky action.

The quality of these cameras cannot be evaluated, for now, but LG has shown quite well in recent years. The main photograph is 12-megapixel with 1.4 μm pixels, with portrait mode capturing information about the depth of Bokeh effects from the other cameras. The Bokeh also includes video, so you can also add some depth to the scenes.

Video not only allows you to capture 4K, but it also allows HDR and the camera application has a YouTube Live button, interestingly. The width has always been preserved by LG –but Samsung, Huawei, and others are now challengers, who take the wide angle and make it their own. The V50 ThinQ Features two cameras on the front, which once again give you 80 and 90 Degree portrait modes so that you can fit a bit more into the selfie scene.

What you do not get is the fancy skills of the LG G8 ThinQ that use the aircraft's flight time to allow a range of different new interactions, gesture controls, and hand unlocking. In that sense, there is a disparity between these devices - LG V50 ThinQ hits 5G whereas G8 ThinQ adds the newness.

LG V50 ThinQ Other Components

  • Massive 4000mAh Battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of ROM + microSD

The most important thing may be what happened inside the handset. Since LG changes the hardware into something powerful, 5G, cooling is more necessary. The LG V50 has no heat piping more, but a vapor chamber is about 40% quicker to distribute heat.

A 4000mAh battery is still available which sounds quite powerful to last a heavy user all day long. It’s supported by a Quick Charge 3.0 that makes sure you can recharge it fast. According to the most recent report from LG, 5G will increase some battery demands - but they shouldn’t be limited.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will be working as a brain of the device. The newest hardware in the arsenal of Qualcomm and combined with the X50 modem, opening the door to a 5G connectivity. This will be a common combination in 2019 and we hope to provide this hardware to a number of devices.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is likely to be partnered with 6GB of RAM for smooth and silky performance and 128GB of onboard memory will allow users to store loads and loads of data with ease.

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