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LG announces the G8 ThinQ and the V50 ThinQ 5G

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At MWC 2019, this year LG has thrown caution to the wind and decided to release two flagships simultaneously the G8 ThinQ and the V50 ThinQ 5G.

G8 ThinQ

On the security front, LG also touts Hand ID to unlock by “recognizing the shape, thickness and other individual characteristics of the veins in the palms of their hands.” This again leverages the Z Camera and infrared sensors.

A Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor allows for secure facial recognition and unlock by creating a 3D scan of your face. The phone bounces infrared light off your face and then captures the reflection to also calculate distance from the camera. This allows facial unlock to work even in low-lighting conditions.

The 8MP front camera is also used for portrait mode to allow background blur that is adjustable by up to 256 levels. LG is also touting other use cases like AR and VR for this “Z Camera,” as well as hands-free gesture control.

“Air Motion” allows users to end calls, take screenshots, switch between applications, and adjust the volume without touching the phone. In practice, this looks like waving and pinching above your G8, and it does work while wearing gloves and when in a wet environment.

The other notable feature of the LG G8 is a “Crystal Sound OLED” that uses the screen as an audio amplifier. This allows the phone to go without an earpiece at the top of the 6.1-inch QHD+ display.

Otherwise, the specs are in-line for a 2019 flagship. This includes the Snapdragon 855 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There are three cameras on the rear including a 16MP Super Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107˚), 12MP Standard (F1.5 / 1.4μm / 78˚), and 12MP Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 45˚). There is a 3,500mAh battery that charges via USB-C, with a headphone jack and 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC also present.

The LG G8 ThinQ with Android 9 Pie is available in Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, and New Moroccan Blue.

V50 ThinQ 5G

The phone itself is also a bit thicker and a little heavier than the V40, although LG has taken advantage of that to remove the camera bump, which is nice. Otherwise, though, it’s a V40 with 5G, which LG says is very intentional — in order to get a 5G phone to market this quickly, the company had to use the existing V40 platform.

LG is also offering a new Dual Screen accessory for the V50 — a second 6.2-inch OLED display that attaches to the phone like a case and offers twice the screen real estate. The Dual Screen is powered off the V50’s internal battery, so users can simply attach it to their phone and be good to go. With the second screen, users will be able to multitask with an application on each display, or even use it as a game controller with some games. Sadly, the Dual Screen accessory will only be sold internationally and it looks like it isn’t planned to make its way to the US at the moment.

LG V50 – Performance

Powering the LG V50 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile chipset which is still something of an unknown quantity. It’s built on the 7nm architecture and should offer improvements in the GPU and CPU over the outgoing 845. Paired with that is 6GB RAM, 128GB storage and microSD support.

There’s a quad-DAC onboard, with a traditional headphone jack for a strong audio experience. Previous LG phones with this DAC have sounded terrific so it seems like this might follow suit.

This is LG’s first 5G phone might be mainly a retread of the V40, but at least it shows the brand is interested in embracing the next standard of mobile connectivity. It’s just a shame the additional screen seems like nothing more than a gimmick.

Details like pricing and release dates haven’t been announced yet, although release information will likely depend on when the 5G networks for LG’s eventual partners actually launch. EE has confirmed it’ll sell the phone when it launches in the UK later in the year.

Coverage for MWC 2019 sponsored by Vodafone

Chris Hare
Chris Hare
A True Tech Geek at Heart, I Started my life of being a Tech Geek at the age of 5 with the BBC Micro. Went on through most of Nintendo stuff and now a Xbox and PlayStation fan. I also leaked the information about the leaked Hotmail passwords story from October 2009 that went World Wide. I Started writing tech articles at the beginning of 2011, most of my articles are about Android phones and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and other gaming news. When Chris has free time its with the family.

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